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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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    • Closed boat
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  4. 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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  5. 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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    Looking for some fun while learning about the place? These games add some challenges to your stay and can be done at any time. 

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    LONGYEARBYEN PANORAMA - SNOWCAT RIDE WITH A VIEW

    Board our impressive new snowcat and prepare for an exciting tour with a view, as your knowledgeable guide takes you into the wilderness. This tour begins on your hotel doorstep!
     

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    • Handicap-friendly
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  8. Longyearbyen

    Go into the wild with us - for an atmospheric evening at Camp Barentz with great food, good drinks, lectures and northern lights hunting.

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    Since photography and sportive hiking are seldom compatible, we propose you 7-8h customized photo-hike in reduced groups. We contact and meet you before the trip, to know your wishes, expectations for pictures, points of interest (landscape, nature,...

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    • Hiking
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  10. Longyearbyen

    Longyearbyen, now a modern society, was once a company town housing coalminers and functionaries. Many interesting stories can be told about this town. Join us on a walk through Longyearbyen's streets!

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    • Environmentally-friendly company
    • Hiking
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    On two wheels, you can explore an incredible diversity of environments on our 25 kilometer bicycle trail.

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    • Biking
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    In short: Easy, Short, Beautiful scenery, History.
    On this trip we bike on “Burmaveien” an old gravel road in the mountain side towards the airport, which a long time ago was one of the most important roads of Longyearbyen.

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    • Biking
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    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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  14. Longyearbyen

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

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    • Closed boat
  15. Longyearbyen

    Join us on a trip to Ny-Ålesund, a former mining town and gateway to the Arctic. This was the starting point for famous explorers’ race to the North pole. Roald Amundsen, known as the first person, to reach both to the South- and North pole, used...

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    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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    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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    • Environmentally-friendly company
    • Hiking
  18. Longyearbyen

    This is a tour where photography and the knowledge about photography are the main focus. It is a trip where we hope for good so that we can experience the daytime northern light. Our guide is a professional photographer, one of his specialties is...

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  19. 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
  20. Longyearbyen

    Get away from town and enjoy an atmospheric evening on the Arctic tundra at our wilderness camp.

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