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Longyearbyen

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Introduction

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.

 

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Polar bear in Svalbard

Svalbard & Tromso

6-day itinerary from £1,375 pp incl. flights

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Stay between 01 AUG - 30 SEP and receive a free excursion! – Save up to £150 pp
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This twin-centre break is a superb introduction to the Arctic region, pairing the fun of a stay in Tromso with high adventure in Svalbard, just a short hop from the North Pole.

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Iceland, Jan Mayen & Svalbard with Aurora Expeditions

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Discover the staggering beauty of Iceland’s Westfjords, remote and seldom-visited Jan Mayen island – the world’s northernmost active volcanic island, and Svalbard’s northwest coast.

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Northern lights in Norway Svalbard in the mountains

Winter in Svalbard: Polar Nights & Northern Lights

4-day tailor-made journey from £995 pp incl. flights

Explore the wilds of Svalbard's Polar Night on this tailor-made break, which includes a half-day husky safari and a stay at the stunning Funken Lodge, Longyearbyen's finest hotel.

Polar Bear, Svalbard

Svalbard Expedition Cruise

12-day cruise from £6,835 pp

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.

The polar Northern lights in Norway Svalbard in the mountains

Svalbard Polar Night Adventure

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Book now for travel 31 OCT - 31 DEC 2019 – Save up to £210 pp
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Travel to the ultimate Arctic destination, Svalbard, on this action-packed winter holiday. A Northern Lights snowcat tour and a thrilling evening at Camp Barentz are included in the price.

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Top places to stay in Longyearbyen

Radisson Blu Polar, Svalbard

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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