If you are fond of seeing what it is like in Longyearbyen, there are several webcams there. But you better be aware of the fact that during winter time you might not really see much, since it is dark most of the day!!!
Vice versa it is nice to look at the webcams in summer, since during midsummer you will have the best of light all day and night!
Longyearbyen town centre
The number of services available in Longyearbyen is wide-ranging. Among the shops and services available are the following: a bakery, a bank, bars, a library, car rental, camping, shops, hair stylists, an art gallery, a sports hall, accommodation facilities, cafes, a cinema, a church, moped rental, a museum, a post office, a travel agency, restaurants, snowmobile rental, a swimming hall, a hospital, bicycle rental, a dentist, a taxi service, telephone services, a tourist information centre, a store selling wine and spirits and weapon rental.
Not a problem.
out on deck of the ship in Magdalena Bay
Get propperly dressed - not like this diningroom-steward Michael Globetrott , who simply ran on deck to take a few pics, while he actually should have served the afternoon-tea...
On my picture: Magdalena-bay, the absolute highlight of every Svalbard / Spitzbergen-cruise. When you are lucky, you may see the glaciers breaking and falling into the sea. The day when this picture was taken was simply perfect for photography - many more pics are on my ARCTIC-page, and these pics are scanned slides with a much better quality than the scanned super-8 films.
don't expect a tidy town !
Do not expect a tidy town with linear and asphalted streets, most of the year the streets are frozen and covered with snow, putting asphalt on them would not make a lot of sense. Be carefull, when walking around and one of the big trucks of the mining-companies is approaching : try to escape as far as possible from the street, they take a lot of dust with them and all of your clothings might be full of dust afterwards. It even seems to be quite funny for them to "take the noble cruising-passengers back to earth"
The Snowmobile reception
We had all an introduction to snowmobile driving. All organised snowmobile tours include: briefing, snowmobile, fuel, snowmobile suit, special boots, outer mittens, leather cap, face mask or balaclava, driving goggles.