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Plan your trip to Svalbard

Colorful houses in the city of Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Northern Norway
Colorful houses in the city of Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Northern Norway
Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Luca Bracali / Visitnorway.com
Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Photo: Luca Bracali / Visitnorway.com
Plan your trip to Svalbard
Walrus swimming in the waters of Svalbard, Northern Norway
Walrus swimming in the waters of Svalbard, Northern Norway
Walrus at Svalbard.
Photo: Håkon Daae Brensholm
Walrus at Svalbard.
Photo: Håkon Daae Brensholm
Plan your trip to Svalbard

A short flight from Norway’s main land, takes you to the mighty and arctic landscape at the Svalbard Islands. Explore raw wilderness adventures, the unique animal life, and eat and live well in the lively city of Longyearbyen.

The polar climate, rich wildlife, wild nature and old mining towns of Svalbard have fascinated travellers for a long time. Longyearbyen is an international city with many cultural events, such as concerts, festivals and exhibitions. Dine on arctic food traditions like seal, whale, reindeer, grouse and Arctic char at one of the many restaurants. Svalbard also has a local beer brewery and one of Norway’s greatest selections of Champagne.

From the city of Longyearbyen you can go on exciting trips by boat, kayak, snowmobiles or dog sledding. You can go hiking or skiing, just dont venture anywhere outside the city border without a professional guide, because in addition to the 3,000 people living there, Svalbard is also home of the mighty polar bear.

«Svalbard is as close as most mortals can get to the North Pole and still capture its spirit.»
— Lonely Planet

“Svalbard” means “cold coasts”, however, the archipelago has a relatively mild climate compared to other areas at the same latitude. The constant midnight sun in the summer and the dark period during winter make for two entirely different experiences. The polar night is special to Svalbard – it’s the darkest time of the dark period from mid November to the end of January. It gets dark enough that you can see the striking northern lights during the day.

Historically, both whaling and mining have been major industries at the archipelago, but now polar exploration and tourism are the main focus. Svalbard’s nature is unforgiving, but fragile. Nearly two thirds of the surface of Svalbard is protected, and it’s crucial to show caution for the wild animals living there. The most common way to travel to Svalbard is by plane.

Find more inspiration on Svalbard’s official website.

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Dog sledding and activities

Stay active and explore Svalbard by dog sledding, skiing or hiking!

Safaris and sightseeing

Join guided tours to learn about the culture, see the nature and the animals living there!

Where to stay

From comfy hotels to cosy cabins. Find your home away from home at Svalbard.

Food and drink

From local food gems to high-end restaurants. Get a taste of what Svalbard offers.

Getting here and around

Remember that 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.

Activities at Svalbard
We bring you out to the local wildlife in and around Longyearbyen. At this tour, is limited up to 8 persons. Our primary focus, on this tour, is the… Read more
Arctic fox - Wildlife photo tour around Longyearbyen - See & Explore
Join us in the mountains around Longyearbyen. In our backyard there's a plenty to discover! We find your experience level and design the tour for you. Read more
Ski touring around Longyearbyen - Backyard Svalbard
At the end of the Longyear valley, there are two glaciers, Lars Breen and Longyear Breen. Longyear Breen have over thousands of years eroded the… Read more
Fossil hunting with polar dog - Green Dog Svalbard
This challenging day hike is a local favourite. Climb to the top of the highest peak near Longyearbyen (1051m above sea level) for an unforgettable… Read more
Nordenskiöldtoppen Trekking - Poli Arctici
Dogsledding with an overnight in a hut by the dog farm. The silence will reign all night, depart from possible interruptions by an amazing concert… Read more
Maybe Aurora Borealis? Dog sledding- with overnight at dog yard - Svalbard Villmarkssenter
From fundation to nowadays : how to live in a remote and inhospitable place : a 2h30 entertaining stroll around Longyearbyen Read more
Longyearbyen City Walk - Rana Itinerans
Perhaps this trip is one of the most amazing, if not the only one of this kind, and it's surely 100%an Arctic adventure. The main goal of the trip is… Read more
Arctic musher's school - 9 days dog sledding expedition - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.
The best way to experience the beauty and endlessness of the Arctic landscape is on a dogsled. During this time, the light has returned from the long… Read more
Arctic Dog Sledding - Svalbard Husky
Depending on the preference of the group, we can prioritize and spend either more time sightseeing and stopping for photos, or bird watching, or if it… Read more
All in one - Sightseeing, Bird watching and Husky Visit - Discover Svalbard
Basecamp Explorer have a 90 huskies that are eager to take you out on a trip while in Svalbard. On this adventure you will learn how to handle your… Read more
Dog sledding on wheels - Basecamp Spitsbergen
Take a time-out and find inner peace at SvalBad, our floating, wood burning sauna. Here you can enjoy the view of Hiorthfjellet or, if you're lucky,… Read more
Arctic sauna – Private group - SvalBad
Safaris and sightseeing
Have you ever been in a coalmine before? Join us today and dig deep in the history of Longyearbyen, the miners, all the coal dust and their life in… Read more
Coal Mine 3
Experience Svalbard's unique wildlife from up close! Everyday we use our closed and comfortable RIB boats to go to a well-known walrus colony. Here we… Read more
Walrus safari - Two tons of happiness - Better Moments
Write a new entry in your travel diary, as you join us on The World's Northernmost Fjord-cruise.Length of trip is approximately 10 hrs, and a warm… Read more
Fjordcruise towards the Esmark Glacier & Barentsburg - HTG
Join Hurtigruten Svalbard on a hybrid-driven speedboat to Pyramiden. With our new vessel you can join an exciting and more environmentally friendly… Read more
Hybrid-driven speedboat to Pyramiden - Hurtigruten Svalbard
When do you have the possibility to go to Russia just for a couple of hours? Join us for a traditional Russian Dinner. Read more
Evening tour to Barentsburg with traditional Russian dinner - Spitzbergen Adventures
Join us on M/V "Polargirl" for an evening trip searching for the biggest animals on the planet the blue whale. Read more
Whale Safari - Polar Charter
We drive east through the impressive valley Adventdalen towards Sassendalen. We decide which route to take depending on the conditions. When arriving… Read more
Snowmobile trip to the eastcoast - Arctic Adventures
Join us by snowmobile into the polar night and let yourself be captivated by the unique blue light that characterizes the polar night. We hunt for the… Read more
Snowmobile Safari to Northern Ligths Camp - Svalbard Adventures
Where to stay at Svalbard
Welcome to the newly renovated Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, a family-friendly hotel in the heart of Longyearbyen. Read more
Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen
With modern comfort in historic surroundings, Funken Lodge offers a unique Svalbard experience. You stay at the top of "the Hill", and have great… Read more
Funken Lodge
We opened the doors to the newest department at Svalbard Hotell & Lodge in February 2015. With 31 brand new rooms, newer and better facilities, we… Read more
Svalbard Hotel | Polfareren
Svalbard Hotel The Vault opened 1st of February 2018 and is the newest hotel in Longyearbyen. The hotel has 35 rooms in total, with 33 double rooms… Read more
Svalbard Hotel | The Vault
Welcome to Basecamp Hotel, an honest and authentic hotel concept that will set the perfect mood for your Svalbard adventure. Inspired by the… Read more
Basecamp Hotel
Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel is situated on the windswept grounds of Kapp Linné, at the edge of Svalbard's west coast. Who could imagine it would be… Read more
Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel
Created in 1999 by owner Mary-Ann Dahle, the hotel was transformed from its previous life as miners barracks carefully and lovingly into what we have… Read more
Mary-Ann's Polarrigg
Gjestehuset 102 is located in the heart of Nybyen, surrounded by glaciers, mountains, coal mines and wildlife.  Located in the upper part of the… Read more
Gjestehuset 102
Barentsburg Hotel has a capacity of 46 rooms, including 5 Suites and 41 Twin/Double rooms. As an added bonus, half of the hotel rooms offers a sea… Read more
Barentsburg Hotel
Pyramiden Hotel was newly-refurbished in 2014, and is located near a spectacular Glacier Camp vis-a-vis next to the impressive ice front of the… Read more
Pyramiden Hotel
Haugen Pensjonat Svalbard is a small pension a 10 minutes walk from the centre of Longyearbyen. We have 9 identical rooms, all of 15 m². The… Read more
Haugen Pensjonat Svalbard
There’s often much talk about sleeping peacefully under the starry night sky, but have you ever wondered what it’s like to snooze under… Read more
Longyearbyen Camping
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    • 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 boat

      By boat

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

      Several companies offer Svalbard safaris 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.

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    • 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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    Seasons and climate

    Due to the temperate waters of the Gulf Stream, Alta has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at the same latitude, such as Alaska and Greenland.

    Alta has good climatic conditions – little precipitation, pleasant winters and relatively warm summers.

    January and February are the coldest months, with an average temperature of -8°C.

    July and August are warmest with an average temperature of 13°C.

    April and May are the driest months, with an average 19 mm of rainfall. July is the wettest month.

    Strong winds can occur.

    Get the latest weather forecast on yr.no. Read more about the northern lights.

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