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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. 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
  2. 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
    • Snowmobile
    • Wellness
  3. 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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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Dog sledding
    • Environmentally-friendly company
  4. 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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    • 3 - Average physical fitness

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    • Biking
  5. Longyearbyen in a nutshell - sightseeing with the local expert - Svalbard Buss og Taxi

    Longyearbyen

    2 hour round trip to see the area around Longyearbyen and the driver will tell the story of how this society was built up while watching parts of the wonderful nature of Svalbard.

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    • 1 - 1 - Suitable for all

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    • Handicap-friendly
    • Sightseeing and lectures
  6. Hiorthamn: Nature hike to a historical mining settlement - Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

    Longyearbyen

    Join us for an exciting adventure, out of town to an old historical mining settlement. If we are lucky, and the night is clear, we can see nature's own magical lights: The northern lights.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
    • Hiking
  7. Taste of Svalbard - Polar Permaculture

    Longyearbyen

    For the first time in a long time heals the Svalbard! Join us on a tour of Longyearbyen where you get an insight into the food and beverage traditions here in the north, as well as hear stories about what has been eaten and drunk in Svalbard through…

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    • 1 - Suitable for all

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    • Food
    • Sightseeing and lectures
    • Toilet
  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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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Sports adventure
  9. 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.
    Welcome aboard in our 20th Anniversary season.

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    • 1 - Suitable for all

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    • Closed boat
    • Food
    • Toilet
  10. Pyramiden - Boat ride to an Arctic ghost town - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on an exclusive trip in a closed RIB boat to the Russian ghost town Pyramiden and the mighty Nordenskiöld glacier.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Closed boat
    • Food
    • Toilet
  11. 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
  12. Lens & Perspectice - the slightly different sightseeing tour with focus on photos - 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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    • Handicap-friendly
    • Photo safari
    • Sightseeing and lectures
  13. 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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  14. 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
  15. Out with the Midnight Sun - Polar Permaculture

    Longyearbyen

    Join us for a bus ride you won't forget. This one and a-half hour drive, starting at 11 pm, will take you around Longyearbyen. This is a great way to experience the incredible phenomenon of the midnight sun.

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    • 1 - Suitable for all

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    • Sightseeing and lectures
    • Toilet
  16. 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
  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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    • ATV safari
  18. Russia Express to Barentsburg - HTG

    Longyearbyen

    Russia Express to Barentsburg
    Join us on a fast trip to Barentsburg, in our 46 foot Princess Riviera.

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    • Closed boat
  19. Trapper's Dinner - Basecamp Spitsbergen

    Longyearbyen

    Embark on a genuine trapper’s evening in the Arctic countryside. Enjoy a 2-course meal and learn about the lives and traditions in Svalbard. Visit the replica of a traditional trapper’s station, which is also the home of our 90 husky dogs.

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
    • Food
    • Toilet
  20. Bjørndalen walk with BBQ -Experience for everyone - Spitzbergen Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Bjørndalen is a place which offers you several characteristics from Svalbard in one location. The surroundings offer both impressive mountains, fjord and wildlife. You will find everything in one valley. You can spend hours in this valley and keep…

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    • Food
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    • Sightseeing and lectures
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