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Longyearbyen

Frozen tundras, glaciers and a wealth of Arctic wildlife makes Svalbard the most magical destination all year round.

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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!

Location

77.8750° N 20.9752° E

Population

2,667

Area

61,022 km²

Time Zone

GMT +1

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Experiences in Longyearbyen

Stay in a modern, luxurious boutique hotel in one of the last wildernesses of the world.

Funken Lodge

Stay in a modern, luxurious boutique hotel in one of the last wildernesses of the world.
Venture out into the frozen Advent Valley in your giant Snowcat!

Aurora by Snowcat

Venture out into the frozen Advent Valley in your giant Snowcat!
Experience the beautiful and secluded Camp Barentz.

Northern Lights at Camp Barentz

Experience the beautiful and secluded Camp Barentz.
Explore the glittering world beneath the Glaciers of Svalbard.

Ice Cave Tour

Explore the glittering world beneath the Glaciers of Svalbard.
Search for the Aurora after breakfast in the Polar Night!

Daytime Dog Sledding for Aurora

Search for the Aurora after breakfast in the Polar Night!

Why choose us?

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Because for us, it's about you

Our itineraries are tailor-made for every customer – based on what you tell us your interests and travel aspirations are. We hear your desires and do our best to avoid your frustrations.
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We are genuine

We choose experiences which are authentic to your destination – to help you connect with the culture. Keeping it real and immersing you in the lives of the locals so you can experience their way of life.
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You deserve the best

Our team of Travel Designers have first-hand knowledge of the destinations we offer – having travelled and experienced what we offer, we know you will get only the best service and luxury. This keeps our standards high and the relationships with our suppliers strong – so we can go the extra mile for you.
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You can’t put a price on experience

Our aim is to supply you with the best – of everything. From the personalised service, to the after sales support, to being on call while you are travelling and ensuring our suppliers deliver on our promises – we give it our all at every step of the way.

Travel Facts!

Learn more about flights, climate and geography for this destination.

Getting there

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.

Climate

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.

Geography

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!

Let’s plan your adventure

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