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Northern lights and pink sky over snow-covered mountains in Svalbard
Northern lights over Svalbard.
Photo: Sophie Cordon
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Next to the North Pole

Welcome to Svalbard, an island realm with ice-covered fjords, glaciers, soaring mountains, and rare wildlife that includes polar bears. A prime location for aurora hunts and other northern lights experiences.

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Hunting the northern lights in Svalbard.
Photo: Marcela Cardenas
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Svalbard.
Photo: Björn Klauer / www.nordnorge.com/Longyearbyen
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
A polar bear at Svalbard.
Photo: Roy Mangersnes / wildphoto.no / www.nordnorge.com
Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Marcela Cardenas
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Snowmobile safari at Svalbard.
Photo: Marcela Cardenas / www.nordnorge.com / Longyearbyen
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Dog sledding at Svalbard.
Photo: Marcela Cardenas
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Getting here and around

Svalbard is not part of the Schengen area, so passports must be brought by all non-Norwegian visitors. Get in-depth travel information on Svalbard’s official website.

  • Svalbard boat

    By boat

    There is no regular boat transportation between the Norwegian mainland and Svalbard.

    Several companies offer Svalbard safaries and round trips, but these do not offer passage to and from the mainland. You have to make your way to Svalbard through other means.

    Check out ferry and cruise companies in Svalbard.

  • Svalbard snowmobile

    By snowmobile

    There are only about 46 kilometres of road on the Svalbard Islands. Driving off-road is strictly prohibited.

    There are no roads between the various settlements. Instead, locals use boats in summer and snowmobiles in winter. Snowmobiles can be rented in Longyearbyen.

  • Svalbard plane

    By plane

    There are daily flights to and from Svalbard throughout the year, and frequency increases in the summer.

    Flight time is around 3 hours from Oslo and 1,5–2 hours from Tromsø.

    An airport shuttle service is available for all scheduled flights and takes you to most hotels and guest houses for a fee.

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