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A vibrant place full of art, music and festivals

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Flight times to SvalbardThere 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. In early February the PolarJazz Festival is held. 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 Taste Svalbard, 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.

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

Visit Svalbard is a proud sponsor of several local events, and one of our criteria for sponsoring events is that they’ve been approved by FEE Norway as an environmentally approved event.
Information in Norwegian about environmentally approved events through FEE Norway

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  1. Dark Season Blues Festival 26. - 29. October
    The annual Dark Season Blues marks that the daylight is about to leave Svalbard for four months.
  2. Festival poster for Longyearbyen Literature Festival
    Welcome to a literature festival on Svalbard! Here you will find wonderful literary experiences for both youths and adults.
    1. 1 Sep 20246 Sep 2024
  3. Taste Svalbard 4. - 8. October
    When the world's northernmost culinary festival takes place, our little town of Longyearbyen turns into a culinary mecca!
  4. Persons in silhouette against the sun looking out over a fjord
    Acoustic tones make the music feel naked and honest, just as we experience the Arctic wilderness.
    1. 6 Sep 20248 Sep 2024
  5. Christmas in Longyearbyen
    Christmas time in Svalbard is magical. Perhaps it’s the best place in the world to experience the ultimate Christmas atmosphere.
  6. An orchestra on scene during a concert
    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. Longyearbyen Pride 27. September
      We welcome all hearts to Longyearbyen Pride!
    2. Sun Festival Week 1. - 9. March
      Marking the sun’s return is a long-standing traditional for the residents of Svalbard.
    Visit Svalbard Eco-Lighthouse

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