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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. 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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    • 1 - Suitable for all
  2. PT small group Bungee training - Svalbard Sports Adventure

    Longyearbyen

    Live like a local and join us for a workout with Longyearbyen`s personal trainer. Feel that you live in another place for a little while!

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    • 4 - Above average physical fitness

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    • Hiking
    • Sports adventure
  3. Spotlight - Get the most scenic points in front of your lens - Spitzbergen Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Join us for a tour outside the box. Amazing light conditions, great motives and time. Time you can use to take your perfect picture. The target for this tour is to take you on a scenic discovery journey were photography is our main purpose. We won't…

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Hiking
    • Photo safari
  4. Longyearbyen Panorama - a magical sunset - Hurtigruten svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Bring the family along on a fantastic snowcat tour to enjoy the view of Longyearbyen as the sun sets over the pointy mountains on the other side of Isfjorden.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Handicap-friendly
    • Snowcat
  5. Exclusive Birding Tour – Outdoor Brunch at our Common Eider Colony - Discover Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    A beautiful common eider colony comes here to nest every year. Join us and you will be able to observe these birds at a close distance without disturbing them.

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    • Food
    • Photo safari
  6. Visit to coal mine nr 3 - Gruve 3 AS

    Longyearbyen

    Are you curious about the coal mining industry in Longyearbyen and the history behind why some men decided to reside here more than 100 years ago? Join us on a tour into coal mine nr. 3 and get a feeling of the working conditions of a coal miner in…

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    • Mine visit
  7. Arctic dinner and spa at Isfjord Radio - Basecamp Spitsbergen

    * Isfjord På svalbard

    At Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel the hosts will greet us as we arrive, and a proper Arctic evening awaits.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Closed boat
    • Environmentally-friendly company
    • Food
    • Toilet
    • Wellness
  8. 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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    • 3 - Average physical fitness

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    • Hiking
    • Sports adventure
  9. Hiking Sarkofagen - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    A medium hard hiking trip with a nice view. We start at Nybyen and continues through an amazing landscape of glacier and moraine until we arrive at Sarkofagen. We return to the glacier of Longyearbreen in an easy terrain. We also cross the glacier…

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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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    • Hiking
  10. Wilderness safari with electric snowmobile - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Shh! What’s that sound? Nothing. It is just arctic silence. As you press the gas, your snowmobile silently starts moving, while it lights up the dark polar night. No sound of a roaring engine. The only thing to be heard is "the Arctic silence". The…

  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. Svalbard Museum presents a modern exhibition in a traditional form, with models,…

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  12. 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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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Hiking
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  13. Out with the Midnight Sun - Arctic Tapas

    Longyearbyen

    Come along for an amazing tour around Longyearbyen in our restaurant bus, under the magical midnight sun.

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    • Sightseeing and lectures
    • Toilet
  14. Wilderness evening - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Experience the magic of being in the Arctic wilderness! Join a wilderness evening at Camp Barentz, a very special experience which you really should experience during your stay in Longyearbyen.

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    • Food
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  15. Fossil hunting - Spitsbergen Outdoor Activities

    Longyearbyen

    An easy hike takes us up on the moraines in front of the Longyear glacier. The fossil location is a very senic place next to blue ice in between high spectacular mountains.You will see 60 million years old plant fossils from the time with dinosaurs…

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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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    • Hiking
  16. Make your own arctic souvenirs - Arctic Workshop

    Longyearbyen

    Come and create your own Arctic souvenirs, either from raw-materials from Svalbard, or inspired by Svalbard!

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    • Food
    • Handicap-friendly
    • Handicraft
    • Toilet
  17. 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
    • Sightseeing and lectures
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  18. Sightseeing in Billefjord - Arctic Expedition AS

    Longyearbyen

    Skansbukta, Nordenskiöld glacier and the ghost town Pyramiden. Join us on M/V Strønstad on a sailing from Longyearbyen to Billefjord. Learn more about the history of the famous Swedish house, before we visit one of the treasures of Spitsbergen;…

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    • Closed boat
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    • Handicap-friendly
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  19. 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
  20. Arctic fox - Exclusive wildlife & nature photo exploring, with your own personal photo guide - See & Explore

    Longyearbyen

    An exclusive full day tour for ONLY 1-ONE person. See & Explore bring only YOU out for a wildlife exploring. We are based in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. We offers you a perfect and genuine wildlife experience from our Arctic environment and we are…

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Hiking
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