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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

    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
  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

    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
  4. Longyearbyen

    Sauna-Meal & Aurora Borealis will combine several unique pleasures into one activity. Each of those pleasures is already very special up here in Svalbard, but combining those into one experience, haven’t been done before. We have set up a little…

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    • Food
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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    • Mine visit
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  8. 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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    • Hiking
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    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
  10. Longyearbyen

    Our fossil hunt is a really nice way to spend a free morning or afternoon; one of the advantages of Longyearbyen is we have such fantastic nature right at our doorstep. We walk from Nybyen up onto Longyear glacier, one of the two glaciers located…

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Experience the magic of the Aurora Borealis at 78 degrees north! A northern lights evening at Camp Barentz is a must-do experience whilst visiting Longyearbyen.

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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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    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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  18. 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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    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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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • ATV safari
  20. 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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