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Longyearbyen, with a population of around two thousand, is Svalbard's main town, with colourful wooden houses and a distinctly frontier feel. Accommodation is in cosy guesthouses and former trapper lodges full of furs and Arctic memorabilia, or upmarket hotels with modern comforts. There are a handful of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants serving Arctic flavours, all of which give the little town a little bit of buzz.

Most visitors use Longyearbyen as a base from which to explore the ice-clad mountains nearby, or venture further into the Spitsbergen wilds with an experienced Svalbard guide. The town was founded when John Longyear, an American mine owner, established the Arctic Coal Company here, and the entrances to several disused coalmines can be visited.

Longyearbyen is well equipped for adventure tourism - camping, hiking, snow mobile tours and dog sledding are some of the activities that can be tried in this remote but beautiful region of Norway.

Special offers in Longyearbyen

Svalbard Explorer on Silversea

13-day expedition voyage from £8,100 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Special tailor-made fares
Book by: 31 March 2019

This spectacular 13-day expedition voyage discovers the remote reaches of Norway's isolated and unspoiled north, from Svalbard's polar bears to Bear Island's rugged bird cliffs. You'll spot an abundance of wildlife that thrives among these mountains, glacial fjords and dominating icy expanses.

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Top itineraries in Longyearbyen

Winter in Svalbard

5-day tailor-made journey from £1,090 pp incl. flights

Spitsbergen is the largest and only permanently populated island in Norway's remote Svalbard archipelago. Lying just 620 miles from the North Pole, it's one of the most isolated places on earth and ideal for spotting bears and the Northern Lights.

Svalbard Expedition Cruise

12-day cruise from £6,835 pp incl. flights

The Akademik Sergey Vavilov – designed for polar research – has been transformed into a modern, safe and supremely comfortable Arctic cruise ship and it's onboard this ice-strengethened vessel that you'll undertake this brand new Svalbard cruise.

Svalbard & Tromso

6-day itinerary

Spitsbergen – the main island of the Svalbard archipelago – lies just a few hundred miles north of the Norwegian mainland and deep within the Arctic Circle. The archipelago

Ultimate Arctic on Scenic Eclipse

12-day luxury cruise from £8,295 pp incl. flights

Enjoy the latest and greatest in ultra-luxury cruising in one of the world’s last true frontiers – Svalbard. Enjoy the latest and greatest in ultra-luxury cruising in one of the world’s last true frontiers – Svalbard.

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Top places to stay in Longyearbyen

Radisson Blu Polar, Longyearbyen

Contemporary hotel

Situated on Longyearbyen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago (with a smidgen over 2,000 inhabitants), the Radisson Blu Polar has sweeping vistas of the dramatic Arctic coastline, including the Isfjorden and Adventdalen valley

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