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Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen

Sustainability in the local tourism industry

Sustainable Destination

From 2016 to 2019 Visit Svalbard was a proud holder of Innovation Norway’s label as a Sustainable Destination. The label scheme has been an important tool for Visit Svalbard, the local businesses, and the destination at large in working seriously towards sustainability and improving sustainability in the local tourism industry in Svalbard day by day, and year by year.

Attaining the label is a demanding job, requiring resources both in terms of labour and funds. This also goes for the re-labelling process, which was planned to be undertaken in 2019. Unfortunately Visit Svalbard was not able to procure the funding required to initiate this process before the deadline for re-labelling had passed, and the following Covid-19 situation has led to additional challenges. As such, Visit Svalbard is as of 2020 withdrawn from the label scheme, but we’re continuing to work towards gathering the necessary funding. Our ambition is that we’ll be re-labelled over the course of 2021, and that we’ll once more be a part of the important cooperation towards sustainability that the label symbolises.

Visit Svalbard encourages work on environmental certification of companies in our destination as one of the main focus areas in our sustainable policy. In addition to Visit Svalbard itself, the companies listed below are certified. 

Svalbard

Inspiration

  1. Environmentally Certified Companies in Svalbard
    Read more about the companies here!
  2. Experience Svalbard and Longyearbyen with a good conscience!
    Here we wish to give you information on how to experience our islands - with a good conscience
  3. Svalbard Guidelines
    We recommend you to read these important guidelines before coming to Svalbard.
  4. Safety in Svalbard
    Important information on how to be safe in Svalbard.
  5. Longyearbyen Community Guidelines
    Please see our tips and tricks to get around in Longyearbyen!
  6. About Svalbard
    Svalbard is a Norwegian Arctic archipelago with endless areas of untouched and raw wilderness, inhabiting more polar bears than humans. Read more here.
Visit Svalbard Eco-Lighthouse

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