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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.

A different city break - take a trip to Svalbard
 

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!

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.

"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. Museums and Galleries
    There are several places that are worth a visit in Longyearbyen. Check out our Polar City!
  2. Food & Drink
    Try some delicious food from around the globe in the world’s northernmost town!
  3. Shopping
    Svalbard is a duty-free zone so lower tax-free prices apply for everything you buy here.
  4. Mine visit
    Visit a mine and explore Longyearbyens exciting history
  5. Sightseeing and lectures
    Don’t be fooled by the population. Longyearbyen has more attractions and opportunities than most larger cities.
  6. Brewery Visits
    Beer brewed next to the North Pole. Come and visit!
  7. Longyearbyen
    Longyearbyen, the administrative center in Svalbard. It's a tiny arctic Norwegian metropole with an international wide.
  8. A meeting with Olaf Storø
    A local artist in Longyearbyen inspired by the Arctic light.
  9. Snowcat
    This is an excellent way to experience the Arctic wilderness for those who can’t or don’t want to explore on foot or drive a snowmobile.
  10. Svalbard Reindeer - urban and wild!
    Did you know that reindeer roam the streets of Longyearbyen?
  11. Longyearbyen Literature Festival
    The world's northernmost literature festival!
  12. Polarjazz Festival
    Coming Up! The annual Polar Jazz Festival is on in January 2018.
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