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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. Svalbard Brewery

    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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    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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    • Environmentally-friendly company
    • Kayak

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  3. 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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    • Food
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    • Toilet
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    6 days dogsledding expedition to the East Coast of Svalbard - Experience true Arctic wilderness! - Arctic Husky Travellers

    Longyearbyen

    6 days dogsledding expedition to Svalbard's East Coast - an experience for life and a special way of travelling the Arctic!

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    • 4 - Above average physical fitness

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    • Dog sledding
    • Expedition
    • Food
    • Tent accomodation

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  5. 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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    Ski touring adventure with pulks and huskies to the wilderness cabin Reinheim - Arctic Husky Travellers

    Longyearbyen

    This trip is for passionate skiers who want to experience ski touring in a way that fits perfectly with Svalbard. Travelling the land on skis with dogs & pulks to our comfortable basecamp, our idyllic cabin «Reinheim». Here we will stay for 3 nights…

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    • 4 - Above average physical fitness

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    • Bed accomodation
    • Expedition
    • Skiing

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    Wildlife safari 3 days: Snow mobile trip with overnight in a small cabin - Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

    Longyearbyen

    Join us to the Arctic landscape on the East side of Svalbard with great glaciers and magic nature.

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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
    • Toilet

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    Expedition to the cabin among glaciers: 3 days hiking adventure with dogs - Arctic Husky Travellers

    Longyearbyen

    Visit our idyllic cabin in untouched, silent Tverrdalen. The only way to get there in the summer is by foot. This trip provides a very special opportunity to experience the Svalbard wilderness in all its splendor joined by our furry 4 legs 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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    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. 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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    • Environmentally-friendly company
  12. 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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    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
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    Sightseeing in Longyearbyen and visit with an arctic farmer - Polar Permaculture

    Longyearbyen

    Visit Longyearbyen's garden of herbs, lettuce and greens

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    • Sightseeing and lectures

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    Christmas in the polar night - Basecamp Spitsbergen

    Longyearbyen

    Where would be a better place to spend Christmas, than in a cosy small town close to the north pole, with true wilderness right outside your doorstep? With this 5-day program we have created the perfect Christmas adventure for your family. A week…

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    • Dog sledding
    • Environmentally-friendly company
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    • Ice cave
    • Snowmobile

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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 58 reviews58 reviews
  16. 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. 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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    Lindholmhøgda: Hike to panoram view (459 masl) - Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

    Longyearbyen

    We drive to the dog yard and start the hike following the cableway inwards Adventdalen.  The hike, which is popular among locals, continues by the valley and the edge of Lindholmsfjellet. The edge can be experienced as a bit steep. On the top of…

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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 the a great Arctic dogsledding experience!

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    • Dog sledding
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 275 reviews275 reviews
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    Expedition to the cabin among glaciers: 3 days dogsledding adventure - Arctic Husky Travellers

    Longyearbyen

    Visit our idyllic cabin in untouched, silent Tverrdalen. The only way to get there is by foot, skiing or dog sledding since motorized transportation is not allowed here. This trip provides a very special opportunity to experience the Svalbard…

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    • Bed accomodation
    • Dog sledding
    • Expedition
    • Food
    • Ice cave
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 275 reviews275 reviews
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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
    • Sightseeing and lectures

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