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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. Share the Expert’s Knowledge on Svalbard - Rana Itinerans

    Longyearbyen

    Various topics explained in 45min by competent specialists.

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    • Sightseeing and lectures
    • Toilet
  2. High-speed boat trip to Barentsburg and Pyramiden - Arctic Expedition AS

    Longyearbyen

    Sightseeing tour with Arctic Explorer AS, Longyearbyen - Barentsburg - Longyearbyen - Pyramiden - Longyearbyen, for travelers who enjoy comfort, effectiveness and experience.

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    • Closed boat
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    • Handicap-friendly
    • Toilet
  3. Visit a local dog yard - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Audun og Mia Salte owns and runs Svalbard husky, a local dog yard. On this trip you will meet them in the dog yard. They work both as guides and hosts for your visit. All of us, both people and dogs, are looking forward to meeting you in the dog…

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    • Dog sledding
  4. 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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    • Hiking
    • Photo safari
  5. 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
  6. 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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    • Biking
  7. 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
  8. Plogging: Jogging with meaning - Svalbard Sports Adventure

    Longyearbyen

    Become Longyearbyen's environmental heroes and combine jogging with garbage picking. “Plogging” is the hottest thing when it comes to training. We now have it here in our rugged polar city.

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    • Sports adventure
  9. Arctic fox - wildlife & nature photo exploring, with max 3 participants - See & Explore

    Longyearbyen

    See & Explore are based in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. On this daytime, and limited tour, up to 3 persons, will we offer you a perfect and genuine wildlife experience from our Arctic environment and we are only using the close areas, in and around…

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    • Hiking
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  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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    • Hiking
  11. Hunting the Northern Lights- a comfortable bus ride into the polar-night - Arctic Tapas

    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
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  12. 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
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    • Handicraft
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  13. Sightseeing in Isfjord - Arctic Expedition AS

    Longyearbyen

    Esmark glacier, Barentsburg and Grumant. Isfjord is the second largest fjord on Svalbard, and here we find three of the settlements on the island. We will sail from Longyearbyen, towards the Russian settlement Barentsburg. The trip in Isfjord takes…

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    • Closed boat
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    • Wellness
  14. Seed to Summit: From the days of coal mining to the Global Seed Vault - Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

    Longyearbyen

    Join us for an exciting historical hike from the days of coal mining to The Global Seed Vault on Svalbard.

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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
  15. 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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  16. 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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    • Hiking
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  17. 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
  18. 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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  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
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  20. High-speed boat trip to Barentsburg - Arctic Expedition AS

    Longyearbyen

    From Longyearbyen we take you along the beautiful coastline towards Barentsburg. On the way you'll experience majestic scenic landscapes and close to Grumant you'll observe the stunning bird cliffs with thousands of birds. We then head towards…

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    • Closed boat
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