The sun festival week

Type:Annual events

9171, Longyearbyen

Tel: +47 79 02 21 50

A crowd celebrating the sun's return to Longyearbyen after the dark season
  • A crowd celebrating the sun's return to Longyearbyen after the dark season
  • Local children from Longyearbyen singing in front of a crowd during the Sun Festival Week
  • Persons waiting for the sun to rise above a mountain to shine down on Longyearbyen
  • A person in a crowd with a hat resembling the sun
  • A crowd celebrating the sun's return to Longyearbyen after the dark season
  • A crowd celebrating the sun's return to Longyearbyen after the dark season
  • A crowd celebrating the sun's return to Longyearbyen after the dark season
  • A crowd celebrating the sun's return to Longyearbyen after the dark season

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Indicative dates (1 Mar 2024 - 9 Mar 2024)

About

Being in Longyearbyen for the annual Sun Festival Week is a unique and memorable experience, which attracts visitors from around the world. Marking the sun’s return is a long-standing traditional for the residents of Svalbard. When the sun returns on 8 March, we gather on the old hospital steps to celebrate the ‘sun’s return’. The saying here goes that ‘the sun is declared back in Longyearbyen when its rays reach the steps’.

Events during the Sun Festival Week include cultural events, concerts, revues, and an outdoor church service. Everyone in Longyearbyen celebrates on this special weekend in March.

See the program for the Sun Festival Week in 2024 here.

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