Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Longyearbyen is the largest settlement in the Svalbard archipelago, Norway and its capital. The archipelago, formed several million years ago, has a unique environment with high, snowcovered mountains - 60% covered by glaciers - spectacular rock formations and low growing colourful flora. There are great many different species of animal life. Seals, walrus, polarbear and whales have their habitat all along the coast.

Longyearbyen is the seat of local government and Norway's main administrative centre on Svalbard. The small colourful community of approx. 1800 inhabitants has developed from being a typical mining community into a community with a number of businesses and industries and a wide range of cultural activities and opportunities. In general, the population of Longyearbyen is rather young, with many small children.

Leisure and cultural activities abound. Since there are no roads between the settlement areas on Svalbard, snowmobiles and boats are a common means of ttransportation. Locals are very fond of outdoor activities, as well as taking weekend trips to cabins and huts.

There are plenty of sports and cultural events in Longyearbyen. A new sports hall with a swimming pool is a popular focal point for many of the sports activities. Lectures and talks on various topics are regularly organised, often at the university. Many famous musicians and artists visit Svalbard during the year and there are many exhibitions, concerts and other special events, particularly during the weekends.

Things to See & Do

* Svalbard Gallery
* Svalbard Museum
* hiking, dog-sledding, kayaking and snowmobile safaris
* Funicular Centre

General information

Cruise Season – May - Oct
Currency - Norwegian Krone (NOK)
Language - Norwegian
Land Area – Norway 324,220 sq km
Population – 1800
Electricity – 2 pin Round pins European style
Time - GMT plus two hours (Oslo)
International Country Telephone Code – +47

Port Location – The Longyearbyen port is located approximately 1km from central Longyearbyen.

Transport Links - Longyearbyen Svalbard Airport (LYR) is the largest airport in Svalbard. It fields a daily SAS flight to Tromsø all year around, and there are additional flights as well as twice-weekly services direct to Oslo in the summer high season. Chartered planes occasionally connect elsewhere in the islands as well, including bases up north for starting your trek to the North Pole.
The airport has a cafeteria/gift/tax-free shop but no other services. Shuttle buses timed to flight departures and arrivals connect the airport to all hotels and guesthouses for a flat 40 kr per person.
Longyearbyen's port is accessible only in the summer when the pack ice recedes. There are once-weekly boats to Tromso and regular (near-daily) cruises visit Barentsburg in the summer.

There is no public transportation aside from the airport shuttle bus. Walking is a viable option, although rather tedious if you need to move around outside the center. Alternatively, you can try your luck hitchhiking, or rent a bike from Basecamp Spitsbergen. Taxi and car rental are also available.

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Cruises from Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Cruise Date Duration
Noorderlicht, North Spitsbergen Early Spring ex Longyearbyen Return 10/04/20 8 nts
Nooderlicht, North Spitsbergen Early Arctic Spring ex Longyearbyen Return 18/04/20 7 nts
Nooderlicht, North Spitsbergen Early Arctic Spring ex Longyearbyen Return 25/04/20 7 nts
Rembrandt van Rijn, Alpine Peaks of Spitsbergen Ski Sail ex Longyearbyen Return 01/05/20 7 nts
Rembrandt van Rijn, Alpine Peaks of Spitsbergen Ski Sail ex Longyearbyen Return 08/05/20 7 nts
Rembrandt van Rijn, Arctic Spring Hike & Sail ex Longyearbyen Return 15/05/20 7 nts
Rembrandt van Rijn, Arctic Spring Hike & Sail ex Longyearbyen Return 22/05/20 7 nts
Nooderlicht, North Spitsbergen Arctic Spring ex Longyearbyen Return 23/05/20 7 nts
Hondius, In Search of Polar Bear ex Longyearbyen Return 27/05/20 7 nts
L'Austral, Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 28/05/20 7 nts
Nooderlicht, North Spitsbergen Arctic Summer ex Longyearbyen Return 30/05/20 10 nts
Ortelius, In Search of the Polar Bear ex Longyearbyen Return 31/05/20 5 nts
Hondius, In Search of Polar Bear ex Longyearbyen Return 03/06/20 7 nts
L'Austral, Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 04/06/20 7 nts
Ortelius, In Search of the Polar Bear ex Longyearbyen Return 05/06/20 7 nts
Nooderlicht, North Spitsbergen Arctic Summer ex Longyearbyen Return 09/06/20 10 nts
Hondius, In Search of Polar Bear ex Longyearbyen Return 10/06/20 7 nts
G Expedition, Realm of the Polar Bear ex Longyearbyen Return 12/06/20 7 nts
Ortelius, In Search of the Polar Bear ex Longyearbyen Return 12/06/20 7 nts
Plancius, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice ex Longyearbyen Return 17/06/20 7 nts
Hondius, In Search of Polar Bear ex Longyearbyen Return 17/06/20 7 nts
Rembrandt van Rijn, North Spitsbergen Arctic Summer ex Longyearbyen Return 18/06/20 10 nts
L'Austral, Fjords & Glaciers of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 18/06/20 7 nts
G Expedition, Realm of the Polar Bear ex Longyearbyen Return 19/06/20 7 nts
Ortelius, In Search of the Polar Bear ex Longyearbyen Return 19/06/20 7 nts
Cloud, ex Longyearbyen to Tromso 21/06/20 9 nts
Greg Mortimer, Svalbard Odysey ex Longyearbyen Return 22/06/20 10 nts
Plancius, In Search of Polar Bear & Pack Ice ex Longyearbyen Return 24/06/20 7 nts
Hondius, In the Realm of Polar Bear & Ice ex Longyearbyen Return 24/06/20 9 nts
L'Austral, Greenland of Great Explorers ex Longyearbyen to Kangerlussuaq 25/06/20 14 nts
G Expedition, Realm of the Polar Bear In Depth ex Longyearbyen Return 26/06/20 10 nts
Ortelius, Around Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 26/06/20 9 nts
Le Boreal, The Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 27/06/20 8 nts
Nooderlicht, North Spitsbergen Arctic Summer ex Longyearbyen Return 29/06/20 10 nts
Plancius, Around Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 01/07/20 9 nts
Greg Mortimer, High Arctic Adventure ex Longyearbyen to Kirkenes 02/07/20 24 nts
Greg Mortimer, Svalbard Odysey ex Longyearbyen to Kirkenes 02/07/20 10 nts
Ortelius, Around Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 05/07/20 9 nts
G Expedition, Realm of the Polar Bear ex Longyearbyen Return 06/07/20 7 nts
Cloud, ex Longyearbyen to Reykjavik 09/07/20 11 nts
Hanseatic Nature, Spitsbergen for Adventure ex Longyearbyen to Tromso 09/07/20 10 nts
Le Boreal, The Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 11/07/20 7 nts
G Expedition, Realm of the Polar Bear In Depth ex Longyearbyen Return 13/07/20 10 nts
Le Boreal, The Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 18/07/20 7 nts
Plancius, Around Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 19/07/20 9 nts
G Expedition, Realm of the Polar Bear ex Longyearbyen Return 23/07/20 7 nts
Le Boreal, The Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 25/07/20 7 nts
Rembrandt van Rijn, Spitsbergen Northeast Greenland ex Longyearbyen to Constable 28/07/20 18 nts
Hanseatic Nature, Iceland & Greenland ex Longyearbyen to Kangerlussuaq 29/07/20 17 nts
G Expedition, Realm of the Polar Bear In Depth ex Longyearbyen Return 30/07/20 10 nts
Hondius, Around Spitsbergen Kvitoya ex Longyearbyen Return 02/08/20 9 nts
Ortelius, East Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 03/08/20 9 nts
G Expedition, Realm of the Polar Bear In Depth ex Longyearbyen Return 09/08/20 10 nts
Plancius, Around Spitsbergen - Kvitoya ex Longyearbyen Return 15/08/20 9 nts
Noorderlicht, Around Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 23/08/20 15 nts
Plancius, North Spitsbergen 82 Degrees North ex Longyearbyen Return 24/08/20 7 nts
Ortelius, North Spitsbergen 82 Degrees North ex Longyearbyen Return 28/08/20 7 nts
G Expedition, Arctic Highlights ex Longyearbyen to Reykjavik 31/08/20 14 nts
Plancius, Spitsbergen Northeast Greenland ex Longyearbyen to Akureyri 31/08/20 13 nts
Greg Mortimer, Arctic Discovery ex Longyearbyen to Bergen 31/08/20 20 nts
Ortelius, Spitsbergen Northeast Greenland ex Longyearbyen to Akureyri 04/09/20 14 nts
Noorderlicht, Central Spitsbergen Arctic Autumn ex Longyearbyen Return 07/09/20 7 nts
Noorderlicht, Central Spitsbergen Arctic Autumn ex Longyearbyen Return 14/09/20 7 nts
Noorderlicht, Central Spitsbergen Arctic Autumn ex Longyearbyen Return 21/09/20 7 nts
Noorderlicht, Isfjorden Adventure ex Longyearbyen Return 28/09/20 7 nts
Noorderlicht, Isfjorden Adventure ex Longyearbyen Return 05/10/20 7 nts
Le Boreal, The Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 04/06/21 7 nts
L'Austral, Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 05/06/21 7 nts
Hanseatic Spirit, Expedition North West Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen to Tromso 08/06/21 10 nts
Le Boreal, The Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 11/06/21 7 nts
L'Austral, Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 12/06/21 7 nts
Scenic Eclipse, Arctic In Depth ex Longyearbyen Return 16/06/21 10 nts
L'Austral, Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 19/06/21 7 nts
Le Boreal, The Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 25/06/21 7 nts
L'Austral, Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 26/06/21 7 nts
Scenic Eclipse, Arctic In Depth ex Longyearbyen Return 26/06/21 10 nts
Scenic Eclipse, Ultimate Arctic Islands ex Longyearbyen to Reykjavik 26/06/21 23 nts
Hanseatic Spirit, Spitsbergen & Greenland ex Longyearbyen to Kangerlussuaq 28/06/21 17 nts
Le Boreal, The Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 02/07/21 7 nts
L'Austral, Greenland of Great Explorers ex Longyearbyen to Kangerlussuaq 03/07/21 14 nts
Scenic Eclipse, Arctic Adventure ex Longyearbyen to Reykjavik 06/07/21 13 nts
Greg Mortimer, Svalbard Odysey ex Longyearbyen to Kirkenes 07/07/21 12 nts
Le Boreal, The Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 09/07/21 7 nts
Hanseatic Nature, Expedition Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen to Tromso 19/07/21 10 nts
Le Boreal, The Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 23/07/21 7 nts
Le Commandant Charcot, Geographic North Pole ex Longyearbyen to Reykjavik 24/07/21 15 nts
Le Boreal, The Best of Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen Return 30/07/21 7 nts
Wind, ex Longyearben to Tromso 30/07/21 10 nts
Venture, Spectacular Svalbard & Greenland ex Longyearbyen to Reykjavik 07/08/21 14 nts
Venture, Svalbard Greenland & Icelandic Sagas ex Longyearbyen to Reykjavik 07/08/21 28 nts
Hanseatic Nature, Expedition Spitsbergen ex Longyearbyen to Tromso 08/08/21 10 nts
Scenic Eclipse, High Arctic Explorer ex Longyearbyen to Bergen 17/08/21 13 nts
Le Commandant Charcot, Geographic North Pole ex Longyearbyen to Reykjavik 23/08/21 15 nts
Greg Mortimer, Jewels of the Arctic ex Longyearbyen to Reykjavik 30/08/21 12 nts
Endeavor, Svalbard, Search of Polar Bears ex Longyearbyen Return 22/06/22 11 nts
Endeavor, Svalbard, Search of Polar Bears ex Longyearbyen Return 03/07/22 11 nts
Endeavor, Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland ex Longyearbyen to Reykjavik 14/07/22 14 nts
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