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Polar City Break

Polar City Break

Longyearbyen, where extraordinary is ordinary

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Polar City Break

Sign with a polar bear, Photo: Jarle RøsslandLongyearbyen is a tiny international polar town located inconceivably far north. We often refer to Longyearbyen as an Arctic metropolis, probably because it’s so packed with great experiences and exciting people that come and go from all around the world, on all sorts of business. The international feel to Longyearbyen is reinforced by the fact that this tiny Norwegian metropolis is home to people from around 50 different countries. It’s an authentic, harsh polar town with a rich history, easy access to amazing nature-based outdoor experiences and a comfortable social life filled with cultural offerings indoors. In other words, Longyearbyen is one of the places on earth everyone should visit during their lifetime – and we mean visit at least once!

A different city break - take a trip to Svalbard
 

Polar city break, Photo: Jens JuulUnder Polar City Break, we have gathered experiences and options suitable for guests wishing to spend most of their time in Svalbard, in and around Longyearbyen. We are talking about social gatherings, excellent dinners and pleasant days in a place with a difference. Furthermore, you will appreciate the peculiarities you find in a place which, strictly speaking, is further north than people can live.

Inspiration for your polar city break
 

We have made a list over 10 movies and books that will make you want to visit Svalbard. If you enjoy good food, you should read about why Longyearbyen is a mekka for foodies. Did you know that reindeer roam the streets of Longyearbyen? Svalbard reindeer are urban and wild! Meet Olaf Storø - a local artist inspired by the Arctic light. Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the world's largest secure seed storage, and can be found in the permafrost close to town. 

"The art of making things cosy is Norway’s most important and representative contribution to world culture.” – Author Knut Faldbakken

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  1. Customised Hikes and PhotoHike: The guide's choice - Rana Itinerans

    Longyearbyen

    Do you have 30kg of photo-gear? Are you travelling with children? Do you want to take it easier, slower, later or longer? Whatever the reason, we provide you with a unique experience fitting your interests and the way you want to hike, from 2 to…

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Hiking
    • Photo safari
  2. Fjord-cruise towards the Nordenskiöld Glacier & Pyramiden - HTG

    Longyearbyen

    Write a new entry in your travel diary, as you join us on The World’s Northernmost Fjord-cruise. Length of trip is approximately 11 hrs, and a warm lunch is included.

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    • Closed boat
    • Food
    • Toilet
  3. 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
  4. Hunting the Northern Lights - a comfortable bus ride into the polar-night - Polar Permaculture

    Longyearbyen

    Get a chance to see the Northern Lights on our comfortable bus with a drink and some peanuts by your side! Together with our equipment and tour guide, you will hunt for the Northern Lights on our bus as well as learn a bit about the sky above…

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    • Sightseeing and lectures
    • Toilet
  5. Miners workout, Mine 3 - Svalbard Sports Adventure

    Longyearbyen

    Join the ultimate training experience in Longyearbyen. All training exercises are "designed" based on work assignments from the different shifts in the mines.

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    • 4 - Above average physical fitness

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    • Mine visit
    • Sports adventure
  6. Hybrid-driven speedboat to Pyramiden - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Made for the future - join us today! Join Hurtigruten Svalbard and Brim Explorer on a hybrid-driven speedboat to Pyramiden. With our new vessel you can join an exciting and more environmentally friendly boat trip, to the Nordenskiöld glacier, and…

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    • Closed boat
    • Sightseeing and lectures
    • Toilet
  7. Coal Mine 3 Visit - Gruve 3 AS

    Longyearbyen

    Longyearbyen would most likely not exist if it wasn’t for the mining industry. Come visit Mine 3 and learn about our town’s fundamental mining history.

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    • Mine visit
  8. 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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  9. Circuit training - Svalbard Sports Adventure

    Longyearbyen

    Join our circuit training, a historic sports adventure! Overlooking the fjord and Longyearbyen this is a sports adventure in an environment you never will forget.

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    • 3 - Average physical fitness

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    • Sports adventure
  10. Hiking trip to Sarkofagen (winter) - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Medium hard hiking trip with a nice view over Longyeardalen. You don’t need to be in good physical condition, but happy for walking and staying outdoors in the snow. You need good mountain shoes and warm clothes. The trip starts at Nybyen and…

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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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  11. 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 sun winter. Ice formations and Ice caves are something of the most beautiful things which exists.

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  12. 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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  13. S.M.A.B / Sauna, Meal & Arctic Breeze - Spitzbergen Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    This is the tour for those who want to experience something unique and extraordinary. We are combining snow mobile driving with good food and a sauna experience in a wood-heated sauna out in the arctic nature.

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

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    • Food
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    • Wellness
  14. Longyearbyen Panorama - under the midnight sun - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    LONGYEARBYEN PANORAMA - UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN
    Few things in the world can match feeling the midnight sun warming your face! This tour takes you to a fantastic viewpoint over fjords and mountains, where you can marvel at the light in the middle of…

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    • Handicap-friendly
    • Snowcat
  15. Sightseeing summer with electrical bike - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Combine comfort and efficiency on our electric bike tour, which enables you to see a range of Longyearbyen’s sights while getting close to nature. The birdlife is at its best during the summer months, and silently moving through the wilderness with…

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  16. The exclusive Northern Light chase - Spitzbergen Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Come with us to chase the northern light. We pick you up from your hotel and will get into a comfortable minibus.

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    • Handicap-friendly
    • Sightseeing and lectures
  17. ATV Safari in Adventdalen - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    We drive our ATVs into a classic Svalbard landscape in the Adventdalen, a valley shaped by glaciers and surrounded by mountains and interesting cultural monuments. Often, we see both Svalbard reindeers and Arctic foxes on this.

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  18. Cableway adventure - Svalbard Sports Adventure

    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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  19. Dogsledding on wheels - Svalbard Villmarkssenter

    Longyearbyen

    Some drive guided tours by taxi or bus, why not try dog sledding on wheels?

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    • Dog sledding
    • Environmentally-friendly company
  20. Arctic fox - Wildlife photo tour around Longyearbyen - See & Explore

    Longyearbyen

    We bring you out to the local wildlife in and around Longyearbyen. At this tour, is limited up to 8 persons. Our primary focus, on this tour, is the Arctic fox, Svalbard rock ptarmigan, Svalbard Reindeer, Little auk and to find the good views for…

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    • Hiking
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