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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    Dog Sled Expedition - Svalbard Villmarkssenter

    Longyearbyen

    Join our polar heroes Barents, Nansen and Nobile on a full day dogsledding trip in Svalbard beautiful and exciting nature

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Dog sledding
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 92 reviews92 reviews
  2. Arctic fox - wildlife & nature photo exploring, with max 3 participants - See & Explore

    Longyearbyen

    See & Explore are based in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. On this daytime, and limited tour, up to 3 persons, will we offer you a perfect and genuine wildlife experience from our Arctic environment and we are only using the close areas, in and around…

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Hiking
    • Photo safari
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    Darkness Exposed - snowmobile adventure in the Polar Night - Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on a snowmobile adventure through the Arctic polar night. As soon as we drive away from Longyearbyen and into the darkness, our chances of observing the northern lights increases.

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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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    Husky Slider - Dog Sledding Tour - Svalbard Villmarkssenter

    Longyearbyen

    Variable weather, northern lights, crystal-clear skies full of stars, moonlight or sunshine both day and night; these are variations only the Arctic can give. Experience Svalbard by dog sledding.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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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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    Sea Fishing in the Arctic - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    There's plenty of fish in the Isfjord in Svalbard. The last few years, Longyearbyen has had an abundance of large cod during the late summer season and during the fall. The locals in Svalbard have been able to harvest these resources for a long…

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

    Longyearbyen

    Join our hunt for the Aurora borealis on snowmobile. On the way we will stop by our Gamme to enjoy a 3-course dinner together with our guide.

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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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    Sarkofagen: Hike in glaciers and mountains - Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

    Longyearbyen

    Explore a fascinating glacier world close to town with meltwater channels, mountains and moraines.

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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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    Explore the Arctic with your own dog team - Arctic Husky Travellers

    Longyearbyen

    Would you like a real musher experience where not only the beautiful Svalbard scenery but also the dogs are in focus - our full day with dogsledding provides a great Arctic dogsledding experience!

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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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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 412 reviews412 reviews

    Arctic Dog Sledding - Svalbard Husky

    Longyearbyen

    The best way to experience the beauty and endlessness of the Arctic landscape is on a dogsled. During this time, the light has returned from the long polar night and everything is awake again. As always, our huskies are ready to run.

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    • 3 - Average physical fitness

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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
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 387 reviews387 reviews
  13. 3-days snowmobile adventure to Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel - Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen

    * Isfjord På svalbard

    Explore the Arctic wilderness on a 3-day snowmobile trip to Isfjord Radio. Discover Svalbard's impressive coastline and let us show you the hidden gems. Check in at Svalbard’s most exclusive location and experience the sensational kitchen.

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    • 5 - Previous snowmobile experience is recommended. Long trip through some rugged terrain.

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    Trollsteinen: Hike crossing the glacier to the peak - Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

    Longyearbyen

    Join the popular summit to the Trollsteinen, 850 m above sea level!

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
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    Trollsteinen ski: Alpine ski touring from the summit- Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on Trollsteinen Randonnèe. We start hiking through a fascinating landscape, before crossing the glacier on our way up the mountain ridge. A large and characteristic stone is located at the highest point, 850 meters above sea level.

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    • 4 - Above average physical fitness

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
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    • Skiing

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    Skipper's Choice - explore Isfjorden by RIB-boat - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Welcome aboard! Venture out into Northern Isfjord with our experienced Skipper, who will choose the day’s route depending on recent wildlife sightings and weather conditions.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Open boat

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 683 reviews683 reviews
  17. 3-days summer adventure to Isfjord Radio - Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen

    * Isfjord På svalbard

    The best adventures for nature lovers can be found in the true wilderness, far off the beaten tracks. Isfjord Radio with its adventures, homemade food, and cosy atmosphere will introduce you to the true Svalbard and the wonders of the High Arctic.

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
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    • Photo safari
    • Sightseeing and lectures
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    • Wellness
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 528 reviews528 reviews

    Arctic fjord cruise with hybrid-electric catamaran - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Welcome to a unique boat tour aboard MS Bard. On this trip you get to experience the very best of Svalbard's spectacular coastal landscapes. The captain sets the course according to today's wind and weather conditions - no two trips are the same!

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Closed boat
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 528 reviews528 reviews
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    Whale Safari - Polar Charter

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on M/V "Polargirl" for an evening trip searching for the biggest animals on the planet the blue whale.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Closed boat
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 172 reviews172 reviews
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 693 reviews693 reviews

    When the light returns - Better Moments

    Longyearbyen

    The last few months Svalbard have been covered in darkness. Now, in the days before the sun is about to return, the twilight reveals the most amazing landscape. Be the first to discover endless valleys, tight riverbeds and high mountains, all of…

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

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