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. Gallery Storø

    Longyearbyen

    The blue light The Svalbard nature offers unique sceneries. These mighty impressions can only be captured - and reflected through genuine art.

    Painter Olaf Storø lives permanently in Longyearbyen and stays here most of the year. He visited…

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    The lodge among glaciers: 3-day hiking adventure with dogs - Arctic Husky Travellers

    Longyearbyen

    Visit our idyllic lodge in the untouched Tverrdalen. The only way to get there in summer is by foot. This trip provides a unique opportunity to experience the Svalbard wilderness in all its splendor, joined by our furry 4-legged friends.

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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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    • Bed accomodation
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    Platåfjellet: Hike to the view point with panorama of Longyearbyen - Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

    Longyearbyen

    Join us for a trip to the summit of Platåfjellet at 424 meters above sea level with a great view over Longyearbyen.

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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
    • Hiking

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  4. Arctic sauna – Shared Sauna - SvalBad

    Longyearbyen

    Take a time-out and find inner peace at SvalBad, our floating, wood burning sauna. Here you can enjoy the view of Hiorthfjellet or, if you’re lucky, see the northern lights during the polar nights. If it gets too warm in the sauna, you can take a…

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  5. Gallery Svalbard

    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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    Brewery visit - Svalbard bryggeri

    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
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    Arctic Night Experience - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Enjoy one night in the Arctic wilderness to experience northern lights during winter, or midnight sun later in the spring!

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    3-day dog sledding adventure to the lodge among glaciers - Arctic Husky Travellers

    Longyearbyen

    Visit our idyllic lodge in the untouched, silent Tverrdalen. The only way to get there is by foot, skiing or dog sledding. This trip provides a special opportunity to experience the Svalbard nature.

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    • Bed accomodation
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    • Ice cave
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  9. Longyearbyen City Walk with Arctic Meal - Rana Itinerans

    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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    Dog sledding to a trapper's cabin, 2 days - Green Dog Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

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

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  11. Arctic sauna – Private group - SvalBad

    Longyearbyen

    Take a time-out and find inner peace at SvalBad, our floating, wood burning sauna. Here you can enjoy the view of Hiorthfjellet or, if you’re lucky, see the northern lights during the polar nights. If it gets too warm in the sauna, you can take a…

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    2-day dog sledding adventure to the lodge among glaciers - Arctic Husky Travellers

    Longyearbyen

    Visit our idyllic lodge in the untouched, silent Tverrdalen. The only way to get there is by foot, skiing or dog sledding. This trip provides a special opportunity to experience the Svalbard nature.

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    • Bed accomodation
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    • Ice cave
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  13. Longyearbyen City Walk - Rana Itinerans

    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
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    Huskies & Common Eider Visit - Discover Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Join us and visit Svalbard Villmarkssenter`s Dog Yard, say hello to their huskies, and take in an up close sight of a Common Eider Colony

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    • Photo safari
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    Autumn family adventure - Basecamp Spitsbergen

    Longyearbyen

    Bring your family or friends on a 4-day autumn adventure with us. Accommodation at Basecamp Hotel, fall in love with Svalbard's magical nature while hiking the Plateau Mountain and enjoy a dog sledding trip on wheels.

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    Kayak in Arctic Nature - Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

    Longyearbyen

    We will use the kayaks as transport to get closer to the nature and birdlife in the fjord. There are qualified kayak guides joining so everything the tour fits for almost everyone that want to experience this adventure. 

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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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  18. Svalbard Museum

    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.

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  19. North Pole Expedition Museum

    Longyearbyen

    The museum recounts the heroic efforts made by pioneers to reach the North Pole at the turn of the last century.

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    Christmas in the polar night - Basecamp Spitsbergen

    Longyearbyen

    Can you think of a better place to celebrate Christmas than a snow-covered island in the arctic? Where you can experience wildlife from your doorstep. ​​​​​We have tailored a six-day Christmas adventure for you, your family and friends. A week…

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