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Be like the locals

Be like the locals

Get on the inside of the world's northernmost town

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Be like the locals

lokale på Svalbard

There are thousands of people around the world who consider Longyearbyen as home, even though they certainly don’t live here. Some of them have lived in Svalbard for a while earlier in their lives, while others have visited this place many times and had a magnificent experiences here. What they have in common is that most are the kind of person seeking for a sense of belonging when they visit new places. Read about Lisa and Kjetil, two locals with a lot of tips for you! You can also say hey to the dogs of Svalbard

Feel like at home
 

Longyearbyen is precisely the sort of place where it’s easy to belong. In Svalbard, people come and go from all over the world virtually all the time, and most of them only stay here a short time. The social structures are dynamic, and the initiatives are many. Consequently, visiting guests can create a local life here for a short while too; naturally with respect for the town’s culture, but also largely on their own terms. Try out the "city loop" or the local's favorite hiking trip to the Plateau mountain. During the weekends you will find the locals enjoing a Saturday steak at Huset

Come inside the unique little community
snøscootertur på Svalbard


Be like the locals helps you to quickly get inside this remote, unique little community on the top of the world. We will put you in touch with people who have lived here a while and who have good stories, tips and experiences to share. Be like the locals is designed for guests who don’t only want to visit Longyearbyen, but really feel like you are living in another place for a while. We give you the setting and opportunities to experience the world’s northernmost community from the inside. The rest is up to you.

“The world belongs to those who take it.” – Author Anna Elisabeth Dickinson

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  1. Longyearbyen

    We are chasing the northern lights through Adventdalen to Eskerdalen where we stop for a hot drink while we are looking for the magical northern lights. If the conditions are good enough and the weather allow us to we will stop by the frozen...

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

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    • Snowmobile
  2. Longyearbyen

    Svalbard Museum is a museum of natural and cultural history. Our ambition is to provide broad and comprehensive knowledge of history and nature in the Arctic. Svalbard Museum presents a modern exhibition in a traditional form, with models,...

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    • 1 - Suitable for all
  3. Longyearbyen

    The trip goes via Adventdalen, Eskerdalen and ends in the outlet of Sassendalen where Villa Fredheim is located.

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

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    • Food
    • Snowmobile
  4. Longyearbyen

    Longyearbyen from fundation to nowadays: How to live in a remote and inhospitable place. A 2h30 entertaining stroll around Longyearbyen with arctic meal.

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    • Food
    • Sightseeing and lectures
    • Toilet
  5. Longyearbyen

    Experience Svalbard’s winter, magical natural wonders,ice cave inside a glacier, dogsledding and our cozy cabin.

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    • 3 - Average physical fitness

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    • Bed accomodation
    • Dog sledding
    • Environmentally-friendly company
    • Food
    • Ice cave
  6. Longyearbyen

    Depending on the weather forecast, we drive into Adventdalen or Bjørndalen. Here we park the car.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Hiking
    • Sightseeing and lectures
  7. Longyearbyen

    Enjoy an in-depth tour of our Arctic Farm and get your hands dirty with us for two unforgettable hours!

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    • Sightseeing and lectures
  8. Longyearbyen

    Enjoy a unique city tour and experience what locally grown, fresh organic food really tastes like at the peak of freshness!

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    • Food
    • Sightseeing and lectures
  9. Longyearbyen

    Brewery Visit & beer tasting
    During the visit, you will hear about how Svalbard Brewery became a reality and how former coal miner and pilot Robert Johansen got the idea about establishing his own brewery on Svalbard. You will get to see the...

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    • Brewery visit
    • Toilet
  10. Longyearbyen

    Join us for a relaxing walk through our town. The guide will give you insides about the history of Longyearbyen, how everything started and what you see around you. The tour ends at Kroa a cozy resaurant, loved by the locals. We will serve you a...

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    • Food
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  11. Longyearbyen

    From fundation to nowadays : how to live in a remote and inhospitable place : a 2h30 entertaining stroll around Longyearbyen

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    • Hiking
    • Sightseeing and lectures
  12. Longyearbyen

    Now you have the opportunity to test how it is to work in a dog-yard with 95 happy Alaska huskies. Try an alternative lifestyle for a morning, a physical demanding job where the ones you are working for are totally depending on you.

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
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  13. Longyearbyen

    Find out what a typical day as a successful Arctic Farmer is like… And discover what really goes on behind the scenes!

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    • Food
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  14. Longyearbyen

    The Gallery and Longyearbyen Arts & Crafts Centre is in the same building, situated in Nybyen. Galleri Svalbard houses both permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, amongst them the Kåre Tveter collection and the Svalbard collection. The...

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  15. Longyearbyen

    The museum recounts the heroic efforts made by pioneers to reach the North Pole at the turn of the last century. The purpose of the museum is to impart the history and importance of the North Pole expeditions have had in the Arctic. It is a point...

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  16. Longyearbyen

    This hike goes over Longyearglacier or Larsglacier depending on wheather and group conditions. The hike to the entrance of the ice-cave is about 2 hours.

    On clear days we enjoy the views in several directions, and of course we hope for strong...

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

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    • Hiking
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  17. Longyearbyen

    We embark on historical adventures with powerwalks and activities inspired by those who supervised the cableway. Give your experience of Longyearbyen an extra dimension by following the "kibb`s" journey through the cableway network in Longyearbyen,...

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    • Hiking
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  18. Longyearbyen

    Enjoy a quick 30 minute tour of our exclusive Arctic Farm and discover the wonderful world of Polar Permaculture in Longyearbyen!

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    • Sightseeing and lectures
  19. Longyearbyen

    Svalbard Brewery was established in 2011 and served it's first beers to locals and visitors in August 2015.

    Svalbard Brewery, established in 2011, brewed its first beer in August 2015. Six years of efforts to change the law from 1928, which...

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  20. Longyearbyen

    Dog wagon with lunch stop and walk along the beach - Now you get the chance to experience a musher’s holiday and join us for a fun and relaxing day full of different experiences!  Recommended for all the family.

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    • Dog sledding
    • Environmentally-friendly company
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