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The cultural capital of the High Arctic

The cultural capital of the High Arctic

A vibrant place full of art, music and festivals

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Map ImageThere are several cultural events throughout the year here in Svalbard.
As an entrance to the dark season, we arrange the Dark Season Blues Festival in the end of October and KunstPause Svalbard(an art festival) in November.  And every year, during the first week of March, we arrange Solfestuka (Sun Festival Week) to celebrate the return of the sun.

In Svalbard you can also enjoy Arctic cuisine. Longyearbyen does not only have fine and premiered restaurants, you can also visit TasteSvalbard, the northernmost food festival in the world. At this festival, Svalbard's amazing history will be served through a number of cultural happenings related to local food and drink traditions.

In September you can be a part of the world‘s northernmost Beer Festival. Here you can enjoy the Arctic with various types of beer in your hand, be it while dining in one of Longyearbyen's restaurants or while enjoying a concert.

Sundays and Wednesdays, there are movies at the cinema at Kulturhuset. Other cultural events in Longyearbyen include concerts, sport events in Svalbardhallen etc. And on occasion, our local concert- and events organiser Walrus AS offer concerts in Longyearbyen throughout the year.

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  1. Poster for Longyearbyen Literature Festival
    Welcome to a literature festival on Svalbard! Here you will find wonderful literary experiences for both youth and adults.
    1. 7 Sep 202011 Sep 2020
  2. Taste Svalbard
    When the world's northernmost culinary festival takes place, our little town of Longyearbyen turns into a culinary mecca!
  3. Dark Season Blues Festival
    The annual Dark Season Blues marks that the daylight is about to leave Svalbard for four months.
  4. The Beer Festival 24.-26. September
    In Longyearbyen, you can taste your way through an extensive selection of beers accompanied by live music in Arctic surroundings.
  5. Art Break Svalbard
    Art Break Svalbard is a cultural event at the beginning of the Polar Night, which presents Longyearbyen’s artists, craftspeople and amateur photographers along with guest artists from the Norwegian mainland.
  6. Christmas in Longyearbyen
    Christmas time in Svalbard is magical. Perhaps it’s the best place in the world to experience the ultimate Christmas atmosphere.
  7. Poster for Arctic Chamber Music Festival 2020
    Experience the raw and wild nature of Longyearbyen, for later to come inside to a warm and cosy environment, taste great local food and and then - to enjoy top notch classical music performed by world class musicians.
    1. 18 Feb 202121 Feb 2021
  8. Where to Stay
    Choose between Svalbard's hotels, guesthouses, Apartments and camping.
  9. Food & Drink
    Try some delicious food from around the globe in the world’s northernmost town!
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