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?

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    A new addition to your group of friends who'll make your adventure unforgettable
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    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.

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    Read the Longyearbyen Community Guidelines here
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    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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    Fuglefjella: Hike from Bjørndalen to the bird mountain - Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

    Longyearbyen

    The bird mountain entitled “Fuglefjella” is well-known for its bustling wildlife with sea birds like the little auk to guillemots, gulls and fulmars.

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
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    Snowmobile expedition to the Juva Cabin - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    The Spitsbergen Lodge Winter Safari is a 2 or 3 days long snowmobile trip with accommodation at our Spitsbergen Expedition Lodge. The Expeditionion Lodge has capacity for maximum 10 guests, and is a sheltered and comfortable base for exploring the…

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

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    • Bed accomodation
    • Environmentally-friendly company
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    Ice Cave Tour by Snowmobiles - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    After driving to the base of Longyear Glacier, venture into the stunning ice cave formed by a labyrinth of meltwater channels beneath the surface of the glacier.

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    • 2 - Suited for most, also those without any snowmobile experience. Tour in easy and flat terrain.

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    Walrus Safari in summer landscape - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Enjoy a delightful summer day at sea as we search for the fascinating walrus on our RIB boat safari to Borebukta. These impressive marine mammals are often spotted both on the ice in front of the glacier, in the water, and on land.

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    • 3 - Average physical fitness

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
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    Fjord Safari to Nordenskiöld Glacier - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    We drive out with a closed RIB to Billefjorden and the Nordenskiöld glacier in scenic and historic surroundings on Svalbard.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Closed boat
    • Environmentally-friendly company
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    Glacier safari - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Welcome to the heart of the fjords surrounded by a ton of jaw-droppingly beautiful attractions you will not find anywhere else. Travel by RIB boat and experience the huge expanses of glaciers, unique wildlife, and fast-paced joy.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
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    Catching the light - Aurora Borealis - Better Moments

    Longyearbyen

    Experience the magical colors of the Aurora Borealis. Join us on snowmobiles as we head into the dark and hunt the northern lights.

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

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    Ice Adventure - Spitzbergen Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Join us for a great ice adventure. It does not matter if it is the polar night and we are walking with head lights or if it is the sunny winter season. Ice formations and ice caves are some of the most beautiful things that exists.

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    • 4 - Demands good phyiscal fitness, not suitable if you have limited mobility. (steep, slippery and uneven terrain)

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    • Hiking
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    The Ultimate Svalbard Experience - Dog Sledding with Ice Cave Visit - Arctic Husky Travellers

    Longyearbyen

    Together with our 45 eager huskies we will travel though the beautiful valleys in our local area and choose an ice cave to visit.

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  10. Photography & wildlife hiking tour around Longyearbyen with a small group - See & Explore

    Longyearbyen

    Our primary focus, on this tour, is nature photography and wildlife and to find the good views for eyes and / or camera. Our focus depends on the season and which species that are in the area at the moment. 

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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  11. Northern lights wilderness hunt - small groups - Snowfox Travel

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on this easily accessible, but incredible hunt for the magical Northern Lights!

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    • 1 - Suitable for all

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    • Handicap-friendly
    • Sightseeing and lectures
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    Platåfjellet: Local’s Favourite: Hike to Panorama View - Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

    Longyearbyen

    Join us for a trip to the summit of Platåfjellet and get the beautiful panorama view of Longyearbyen, 424 metres above sea level!

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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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    • Environmentally-friendly company
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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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    Glacier Safari to Tempelfjorden and Tunabreen with a hybrid-electric speedboat – Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on an exciting boat trip to the impressive Tuna and Von Post glaciers in the middle of Tempelfjorden. We sail with our new closed hybrid boat Kvitbjørn on this trip.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Closed boat
    • Environmentally-friendly company
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    Ice cave with dogs - Svalbard Husky

    Longyearbyen

    Join us for a spectacular full day sledtrip!

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    • 3 - Average physical fitness

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    • Dog sledding
    • Environmentally-friendly company
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    • Ice cave

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    Sarkofagen Trekking - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Explore Longyearbyen’s backyard by hiking to the top of Sarkofagen, a high point overlooking town. Then, descend from Sarkofagen by hiking across the Longyear Glacier.

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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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    2-day summer adventure to Isfjord Radio - Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen

    * Isfjord På svalbard

    Experience a comfortable overnight stay in the Arctic wilderness. Isfjord Radio is a charming hotel situated on the windswept grounds of Kapp Linné. This is the place to observe the Arctic bird- and wildlife and unique dining experiences.

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    • Bed accomodation
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    • Environmentally-friendly company
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    • Sightseeing and lectures
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    • Wellness

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    Isfjord Safari to the Puffins - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on an exciting trip to see the Arctic's own parrot: the Atlantic Puffin. From May to the beginning of August, Svalbard is a bustling bird paradise, as birds from all corners of the world migrate here.

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    • 3 - Average physical fitness

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
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    Arctic dog sledding in Bolterdalen - Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen

    Longyearbyen

    Mush your own dog sledge with Alaskan Huskies together with our experienced Svalbard guides. Feel and make your own adventure in the Arctic nature, we go in small groups to give you the best experience possible!

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    • 3 - Average physical fitness

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    • Dog sledding
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    Explore dog sledding on wheels with tundra hike and lunch - Arctic Husky Travellers

    Longyearbyen

    Explore the gorgeous tundra landscape in Adventdalen from a special-made wagon pulled by a husky team! Lunch, slideshow, and a tundra hike included as well. A full day of activities to explore the Arctic summer at its best!

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Dog sledding
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