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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 arrangements happening throughout the year. In the beginning of February we have the northernmost jazz festival in the world, PolarJazz. Every year, during the first week of March, we arrange Solfestuka (Sun Festival Week) to celebrate the return of the sun.

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. 

In Svalbard you can also enjoy Arctic cuisine. Longyearbyen does not only have fine and premiered restaurants, you can also visit TasteSvalbard which is 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 Octoberfest. Here you can enjoy the Arctic with various types of beer in your hand while wearing your best pair of lederhosen.

Sundays and Wednesdays, there are movies at the cinema at Kulturhuset. Other cultural events in Longyearbyen are concerts, sport events in Svalbardhallen etc.

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  1. Taste Svalbard Festival
    When the world's northernmost culinary festival takes place, our little town of Longyearbyen turns into a culinary mecca!
  2. The jazz festival, stage
    Coming Up! The annual Polar Jazz Festival is on in January 2018
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  3. Dark Season Blues Festival
    The annual Dark Season Blues marks that the daylight is about to leave Svalbard for four months.
  4. October Festival
    In Longyearbyen, you can taste your way through an extensive selection of beers accompanied by oom-pah music in Arctic surroundings.
  5. Sun Festival Week
    Marking the sun’s return is a long-standing traditional for the residents of Svalbard.
  6. 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.
  7. Christmas in Longyearbyen
    Christmas time in Svalbard is magical. Perhaps it’s the best place in the world to experience the ultimate Christmas atmosphere.
  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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