Destination in detail
Longyearbyen is a lively city in the heart of the Isfjord in Svalbard. Sitting at the mouth of the fjord the airport is the first place you will land and as you drive back towards the inner fjord area you will marvel at the beauty around you. Longyearbyen is a great destination year-round for families and couples alike looking for a true adventure. Whether you choose to stay in the modern, luxury hotel of Funken Lodge or head to somewhere more remote in the heart of the wilderness such as Nordenskiold Lodge you are sure of an amazing holiday of a lifetime!
Experiences in Longyearbyen
Funken LodgeStay in a modern, luxurious boutique hotel in one of the last wildernesses of the world.
Aurora by SnowcatVenture out into the frozen Advent Valley in your giant Snowcat!
Northern Lights at Camp BarentzExperience the beautiful and secluded Camp Barentz.
Ice Cave TourExplore the glittering world beneath the Glaciers of Svalbard.
Daytime Dog Sledding for AuroraSearch for the Aurora after breakfast in the Polar Night!
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Learn more about flights, climate and geography for this destination.
Flights with Norwegian Air and SAS run regularly (approx 3 times a week) from Oslo throughout the year. In peak season (March-August) the number of flights increases. There are also direct options on certain days from Tromso and the options from the UK are set to increase in the coming months making travel here even easier.
The climate in Svalbard is a direct result of it’s northerly lattitude – between 74 and 81 degrees North. It is sub-polar along the west coast but polar on the east where the temperature remains at zero even in the summer. The polar ice in the winter reaches the North and east coasts of the islands leaving the western coast free. There is a chance of wind throughout the year but it calms a little between June and August.
In inland areas there are some mountains that are snow-covered all year round, from which glaciers descend and flow to the sea. The highest peak, Newtontoppen, reaches 1,713 metres (5,620 feet). Skiing is possible in the Summer too. The northernmost tip of Svalbard is only 1000 kilometres (600 miles) away from the North Pole. Being well beyond the Arctic Circle, in Svalbard the sun never sets for a long period and from the 20th of April to the 25th of August it is the Midnight Sun. The Polar night by comparison is dark and the sun does not rise from late October to mid-February. The long polar night, however, can be lit by the Aurora Borealis!
Plants and Animals
The islands regular visitors are polar bears, whales and seals, as well as the millions of migratory birds that pass in summer so this is a nature lovers paradise!
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