Longyearbyen offers a unique experience. This small town is the northernmost urban settlement in Norway and the world’s most accessible gateway to the polar north.
Longyearbyen has a moderate Arctic climate. The nature of the climate, combined with the surrounding scenery, wildlife and flora make it a popular destination.
Longyearbyen is also convenient to reach. The airport is just 2 miles away and has taxis and a shuttle bus service. Once you arrive in Longyearbyen, you can find good quality hotels, restaurants and a shopping centre.
At Longyearbyen, the evidence of mining is all around you. The local museum gives you more information about the history of the industry in the town. It also has details of the whaling and trapping industries that flourished in the area for hundreds of years.
To experience mining life, take a trip to Mine No. 3. This mine closed in 1996 and extends 3 miles into the mountainside. It provides first-hand insights into a collier's existence. Other places worth visiting include Svalbard Gallery, with its exhibitions by local artists. You should also take a stroll to the local church, where you can have cake and coffee.
While you’re walking between such destinations, you may also encounter another of the town’s attractions: reindeer wandering through the streets.
The reindeer are just some of the animals you can come across at Longyearbyen and in the surrounding Svalbard region. Others include Arctic foxes, seals, walruses, whales and a remarkable variety of birds.
To see the wildlife at its best, join an organised tour. These tours can include hiking, kayaking, boat cruises, dog sledging and snowmobiles.
The polar bears remain one of the main draws at Longyearbyen. You'll notice the signs around the town boundaries with them. These signs are warning notices. The bears are numerous and can be fierce, so you cannot go beyond the boundaries without a gun. However, the polar bear is a legally protected species and authorities investigate any shootings. In other words, to see the bears, travel with an organised party.
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