Two persons standing next to each other in winter clothing in a snowy landscape. In the background there's a mountain range and a glacier.

Arctic Nature Experiences

To put it simply, Svalbard is a paradise for outdoors activities all year round. With dramatic landscape and exotic wildlife there’s no wonder why many will nod their heads in agreement to that description of our archipelago in between the mainland of Norway and the North Pole.
Some of the most beautiful things about nature experiences are that they’re both so readily available and can include so many different activities. Experiences in the outdoors offer us the chance to get to know new people, strengthen our bonds with friends, or perhaps venture out on a quick adventure with the family. In addition to the landscape and wildlife, it’s the availability, variation and connection that makes Svalbard’s nature experiences so special, and perhaps the reasons why you’d like to take part in them yourself?

  1. Persons sitting and talking with a guide
    A new addition to your group of friends who'll make your adventure unforgettable
  2. A group of guests and a guide on board a RIB boat
    Full of exotic and wildly beautiful experiences

Close to nature

Closeness is the keyword that may seem like a slight contradiction when you consider both how expansive Svalbard is and how sparsely populated it is. But then consider, how many other places in the world are you met on a clear-weathered day with the sight of six glacial fronts in the distance as soon as you’ve walked out of the airport building?

Nature rules everything in Svalbard, and it’s an integral part of the community in our small metropolitan-feeling town Longyearbyen. The town was established in the early 1900s as a mining town due to its closeness to the coal in the nearby mountainsides where several remnants from Svalbard’s old mining industry still stand as cultural heritage sites. Longyearbyen still lives on, but it does so based on the nature’s own terms. Houses are built on pillars and piping is all laid on top of the ground because of the permafrost in the ground which would otherwise strain houses built on solid foundations in the ground or push pipes out of the ground as the ground thaws and freezes with the seasons.

You’ll also find wild Svalbard reindeer casually walking and grazing in between houses and alongside streets. It’s not uncommon to even encounter sleeping reindeer right in the middle of town. As good neighbours we don’t want to disturb nature’s way of life unnecessarily or damage it, and this is especially important in Svalbard which has a particularly vulnerable ecosystem.

  1. Two Svalbard reindeer grazing in the snow in front of some houses
    Read the Longyearbyen Community Guidelines here
  2. Two persons on snowmobiles looking towards Longyearbyen in the background
    In Svalbard's blue hour

Experience Svalbard together

In short, you start experiencing nature as soon as you step outside of the hotel door in Svalbard!
Throughout the entire year you’ll find both full-day trips and multi-day overnight trips that allow you to experience the Arctic nature experiences Svalbard has to offer, close to both nature and the ones you’re travelling with.

For the young and old, few and many, dear and near, relaxed and active, and so on, there are activities that will allow you to enjoy Svalbard’s nature. Through the dark season and the polar night you can hunt the northern lights on foot or visit magical ice caves close to Longyearbyen. (maybe you’re lucky enough to spot the elusive mid-day northern lights in the polar night?)

With the Sunny Winter season’s return after the dark season, the sight of landscapes bathed in sunlight comes along as well, marking the beginning of the full-day trips with dog sleds and snowmobiles! Once the Midnight Sun returns in April, ski touring in the low evening sunlight is also recommended as the skiing season in Svalbard keeps going while Spring is returning on Norway’s mainland.

Continuing onwards into the Polar Summer Season, the fresh smell of the mountains, tundra and the fjord returns with the opportunities for hiking trips on bare ground and boat trips on the expansive fjord Isfjorden. In the light and heat of summer, the wildlife returns in full force to Svalbard both on land and in the sea, which it’s both best and safest to enjoy on a guided photo safari, or perhaps a walrus safari.

  1. A group of guests and a guide eating lunch around a campfire
    Both in the wilderness and in Longyearbyen
  2. Two persons cheering with their arms in the air standing on a rock behind a line of snowmobiles
    Create memories that'll remain frozen to your mind

Inspiration for your nature experiences in Svalbard

The opportunities are plentiful in Svalbard’s nature, and it may as such be difficult to find the exact experiences that you’d like to include in your visit. But below you’ll find a full overview of activities and experiences we think may suit your nature-oriented visit in Svalbard!
If you’ve already settled on a date for your visit, we can recommend checking our booking calendar to see which activities are available for you and the ones you’re traveling with to visit us in Svalbard.

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  1. Exclusive wildlife & nature photo exploring, with your own personal photo guide - See & Explore

    Longyearbyen

    An exclusive full day tour for only one (1) person. This trip focuses on watching and photographing wildlife with an experienced nature guide. We will take only YOU out to locations where you can see, experience and take pictures undisturbed.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Hiking
    • Photo safari
  2. East coast, glaciers and ice cave adventure - Snowfox Travel

    Longyearbyen

    Join our adventure through the magnificent nature of Svalbard. Through the stunning valleys, past glaciers and wildlife, go where adventure awaits. This experience is there to create some unbeatable memories!

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    • 4 - Previous snowmobile experience is an advantage. Day trip through some rugged terrain

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    • Food
    • Ice cave
    • Snowmobile
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    Northern Lights Safari by Snowmobile - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Join us by snowmobile to the beautiful scenery that surrounds Svalbard Longyearbyen, and let yourself be captivated by the unique blue light that characterizes the polar night.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most without any snowmobile experience. Very easy and flat terrain.

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
    • Snowmobile

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  4. Evening hike to the summit of Blomsterdalen and Seed Vault visit - Snowfox Travel

    Longyearbyen

    Ready to join us for an exciting evening hike to the summit of Blomsterdalen, next to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault? Learn more about this interesting and unique seed vault and experience the rich history of coal mining in this area of Svalbard.

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    • 3 - Demands average physical fitness, not suitable if you have limited mobility (uneven and partly steep terrain)

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    • Hiking
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    Catching the light - Midnight sun - Better Moments

    Longyearbyen

    On this snowmobile trip, we will enjoy the surreal Midnight sun from the back of a snowmobile. Driving in the middle of the night, in broad daylight, is a special experience.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most without any snowmobile experience, very easy and flat terrain.

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    Sleddog tour - Green Dog Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    The dark days are perfect for seeing Northern lights - and getting away from the lights of town makes stars and northern lights brighter and clearer. You will be going out with a team of sledge dogs who can sense the first cold.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Dog sledding

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  7. Wildlife & nature photo exploring, with a limited number of participants - See & Explore

    Longyearbyen

    Wildlife and nature photography are our specialties, and we will seek the magical light and try to get you to the very best spots in and around Longyearbyen together with an experienced nature guide.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Hiking
    • Photo safari
  8. Customised Hikes and PhotoHike: The guide's choice - Rana Itinerans

    Longyearbyen

    Do you have 30kg of photo-gear? Are you travelling with children? Do you want to take it easier, slower, later or longer? Whatever the reason, we provide you with a unique experience fitting your interests and the way you want to hike, from 2 to…

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Hiking
    • Photo safari
  9. Evening snowmobile tour to historical Colesbay - Snowfox Travel

    Longyearbyen

    Join us for the perfect evening activity, exploring a historical part of Spitsbergen by snowmobile, whilst watching the sun set low over beautiful Colesbay.

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    • 3 - 3 – Suitable for most without any snowmobile experience. Through some rugged terrain

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    • Snowmobile
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    Dog sledding in Bolterdalen - Green Dog Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    In pairs, you will take turns mushing (driving a dog sledge team) a team of 5-6 dogs. You will experience the dynamics of the dog-sledge team and will most likely be surprised to see that dogs as tough as these can be so kind and adoring.

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    • 3 - Average physical fitness

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    • Dog sledding

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    Electric Snowmobile Safari to Advent Lodge - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Explore the surroundings of Longyearbyen on our innovative electric snowmobiles from Lynx!
    After charging up with solar power, we venture through the historical areas of Longyearbyen before heading to the cozy cabin, Advent Lodge.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most without any snowmobile experience. Very easy and flat terrain.

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
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    Sea Fishing in the Arctic - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    There's plenty of fish in the Isfjord in Svalbard. The locals in Svalbard have been able to harvest these resources for a long time, and now it's finally your turn to go fishing in the Arctic!

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    • 3 - Average physical fitness

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
    • Fishing
    • Open boat

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    Explore Isfjorden with Kvitbjørn - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Explore the majestic Isfjorden with Kvitbjørn, Svalbards brand new modern hybrid speedboat! Your guide determines the route according to the weather conditions, and will make sure that you get a memory for life.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Closed boat
    • Environmentally-friendly company
    • Food

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    Speedboat to Tempelfjorden and Tuna Glacier - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Travel by speedboat to the heart of the Sassen-Bünsow Land National Park for a chance to explore the historic trapper cabin at Fredheim and to view the massive blue front of the Tuna Glacier.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Food
    • Open boat

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    Speedboat to Billefjorden and Nordenskiöld Glacier - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Experience the stunning coastline of Billefjord, Skansbukta’s famous castle-like peaks, and the massive front of Nordenskiöld glacier — all in one day!

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Food
    • Open boat

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    Foxfonna Hike - Green Dog Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Come and see Advendalen and the surrounding mountains from a bird’s
    eye view!
    The trip is a total of roughly 7 km and takes about 7 hours and includes lunsj&hot drink.

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    • 3 - Demands average physical Fitness. Not suitable if you have limited mobility (uneven and partly steep terrain)

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    • Food
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    Van Mijenfjorden - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Travel to one of the largest and most scenic fjords of central Spitsbergen where you will experience wildlife, endless valleys, and breath-taking glaciers.

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    • 4 - Previous snowmobile experience is an advantage. Day trip through some rugged terrain.

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    • Food
    • Snowmobile

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    Lindholmhøgda Hiking - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    The hike starts from the dog yard just outside of Longyearbyen. From there, we ascend the hill and follow the ridge for ~1.5 hours to an elevation of 457 meters.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Hiking

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    Tempelfjorden- Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Drive to the heart of the Sassen-Bunsow Land National Park, view the stunning blue front of Tuna Glacier, and explore the castle-like formations of the Tempel Fjord.

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    • 3 - Suitable for most without any snowmobile experience. Through some rugged terrain.

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    • Food
    • Snowmobile

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    Catching the light - Blue light with dinner - Better Moments

    Longyearbyen

    Driving through Svalbard’s landscape, in the twilight, is magical. The light will transform the white snow into soft blue and pink pastel colours, gently illuminating the mountains and valleys that have been covered by darkness since November. After…

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    • 2 - Suitable for most without any snowmobile experience. very easy and flat terrain.

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    • Food
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