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Holidays to Svalbard

Svalbard is one of the last true wildernesses on Earth and sits at 78 degrees North below the North Pole.

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Svalbard at a glance

There are 3 main seasons in Svalbard due to it’s position within the Arctic Circle – Polar Summer, Polar Winter and Sunny Winter.

The best time of year to visit Svalbard if you are a nature and wildlife lover who is keen to witness the ‘King of the Arctic’ – the Polar bear – is in the sunny summer months!

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Experiences in Svalbard

Svalbard is one of the most amazing destinations on the planet. It lies up near the North Pole and is home to some unique activities found nowhere else on earth! Enjoy dog sledding in the winter and 24 hours of the Aurora in the winter.
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!
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!
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.
Explore the glittering world beneath the Glaciers of Svalbard.

Ice Cave Tour

Explore the glittering world beneath the Glaciers of Svalbard.
On the shore of the icy fjord, at the edge of a bright blue glacier, stands a hidden expedition lodge.

Nordenskiold Lodge

On the shore of the icy fjord, at the edge of a bright blue glacier, stands a hidden expedition lodge.
Experience the beautiful and secluded Camp Barentz.

Northern Lights at Camp Barentz

Experience the beautiful and secluded Camp Barentz.

General Information

There are 3 main seasons in Svalbard due to it's position within the Arctic Circle - Polar Summer, Polar Winter and Sunny Winter. During the summer there are beautiful colours and contrasts which make the already stunning glaciers, mountains and seemingly endless tundras even more magical. The Polar winter is dark - in October the last rays of the sun are cast across the land before giving way to the Northern Lights. Don't be put off by this darkness though as for the serious Aurora hunter this means you can catch the Aurora at any time throughout the day, not just at night time! The sunny winter falls between March and May and is a beautiful combination of snow and sun - perfect for outdoor exploring. At 78 degrees North you will feel like a true adventurer but with the comforts of great hotel choices and some truly awesome experiences. Once you have been to Svalbard once, you will certainly want to return.

Capital

Longyearbyen

Currency

Norwegian Kroner

Language

Norwegian but English is widely spoken

Population

2,667

Airport

Longyearbyen (LYR)

Best time to visit

All year round depending on activities

Destinations in Svalbard

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Longyearbyen

A Northern Norwegian Archipelago, Svalbard sits between mainland Norway and the North Pole and Longyearbyen is it’s capital town.

  • Longyearbyen is a small city but it packs a punch with year-round activities and amazing choice of accommodation.

Travel Facts

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!

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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