Longyearbyen

The largest settlement on the Svalbard archipelago.

The largest settlement on the Svalbard archipelago (Norway) is the gateway for expedition cruises in the High Arctic. It is reached only by flight from mainland Norway or by ship. Due to its remote location and hard living conditions Svalbard has been declared a tax free zone, which of course is a blessing in Norway. Good French wine and Belgium beer is actually cheap.

Longyearbyen (long year city) is located on the western coast of Spitsbergen, which again is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. Its population of approx. 2000 all predominantly engaged in tourism, Polar research and mining. Winters are long and dark in Longyearbyen as the sun completely disappears for over 4 months, with a day off for the inhabitants to celebrate the return of the sun in late winter. The temperatures in Longyearbyen are on average 20 degrees higher than similar areas of the world at the same latitude, which is due to the warm Gulf Stream. In summer, however, when most tourists visit, you can enjoy 24 hour sunlight and really recharge the batteries.

Style
Season
Duration
Tour Standard

Basecamp Nordenskiöld

6 days - Independent adventure tour | True Arctic Wilderness.

  • Premium
  • Svalbard
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Kelvin Blake

Arctic Spring aboard s/v Rembrandt van Rijn

8 days - Explore by tall ship Northern Spitsbergen

  • Hike & Sail
  • Svalbard
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Markus Eichenbergen

Around Spitsbergen - M/V Plancius, M/V Ortelius & M/V Hondius

10 days - Circumnavigate the Spitsbergen archipelago on board M/V Ortelius, M/V Plancius or M/V Hondius.

  • Svalbard
  • Norway
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Jan Belgers

Central Spitsbergen - Aurora Borealis

8 days - Sail through the Svalbard archipelago by tall ship in late autumn.

  • Svalbard
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Circumnavigating Svalbard - In the Realm of the Polar Bear

10 days - Multitude of landings on Spitsbergen with Hurtigruten

  • MS Fram and MS Spitsbergen
  • Early birds for 2020/2021
  • Norway
  • Svalbard
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Magic of the Arctic

4 days - Boutique stay in Svalbard | Rib boats | Glacier exploring

  • Premium
  • Svalbard
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North Spitsbergen aboard s/v Rembrandt van Rijn

11 days - Pack ice experience around Northern Spitsbergen

  • Svalbard
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Northeast Greenland

14 days - Sail from Svalbard to Iceland, exploring the North Eastern Greenland.

  • Svalbard
  • Greenland
  • Iceland
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Arnau Ferrer

Norway and Spitsbergen - the Route of Polar Pioneers

7 days - Become a Polar Pioneer on this voyage to Svalbard and the North Cape.

  • New expedition ship
  • Early Birds 2020/2021
  • Norway
  • Svalbard
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Kelvin Blake

Polar Bear Special - North Spitsbergen

8 days - Expedition Voyage - perfect for the whole family.

  • Svalbard
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Spitsbergen and Polar Bears on MS Nordstjernen

6 days - An arctic adventure to the Norwegian High Arctic.

  • Early Birds 2020/2021
  • Svalbard
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Elida Langstein

Spitsbergen Arctic Darkness

4 days - Arctic adventures, dogsledding and more in Spitsbergen

  • Svalbard
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Visit Svalbard

Spitsbergen Arctic Summer

4 days - Arctic adventures, pristine nature and glaciers

  • Pre or Post Cruise
  • Svalbard
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Mattias Henningsson

Svalbard Adventure

9 days - Small ship voyage with only 53 passengers

  • Svalbard
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Accommodation
Basecamp Hotel
Mads Pihl
MS Fram
Restaurants
Karlsberger Pub, Longyearbyen
Optional Add Ons
Glacier Walk in Spitsbergen