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  • Northern Lights

    We managed to see the Northern ligths when we were here. It was on out last night and believed we wouldn't see them, but you must go out at night to catch a them. We caught them while out walking though the Longyearbyn and decided to walk towards the eedge of town to get way from the lights, but staying safe enough so the polar bears didnt get...

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  • Organisations, business, culture on...

    Svalbard.net is the community internet source in Svalbard where organisations, businesses, individuals, clubs and community info of various kinds, events etc will be posted. Check it out. Particularily useful if you are going here for a prolonged time period.www.svalbard.com

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  • Government services on Svalbard

    The web site www.ssd.no (Svalbard Community Service) is the local government pages for Svalbard. Check it out for listings of cultural activities, sports, various community services etc.

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  • Web cam in Longyearbyen

    There is a web cam located at the old harbour, Longyearbyen, pointed towards the Isfjord and Hjortfjellet mountain. Check conditions before you go by looking at: www.aftenposten.no/webcam/?kart=detailj&id=87There are also other web cams priovded through a link on svalbard.com. See http://www.svalbard.com/webcam/

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  • Winter darkness polar night at Svalbard

    There is no sun at Longyearbyen, Svalbard from 26 October to 16 February.The coming of the sun is celebrated with a Light Feast in Longyearbyen.However, there is a good chance to see the Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis; see web pages http://geo.phys.uit.no/index.html.

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  • Map of Svalbard

    Here is a map of Svalbard in relation to Norway and Europe and the North Pole. Many polar bears, walrus, birds, etc.

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  • Environmental Protection in Svalbard

    Flora and fauna on Svalbard have adapted to Arctic conditions and nature is still fragile so even minor encroachments can cause lasting damage. Approximatyely 65% of Svalbard is protected area, including 3 nature reserves, 6 national parks, 15 bird sanctuaries and 1 geotopical protected area. The nature of the regulations for these areas vary to...

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  • Currency Exchange

    Norwegian kroner may be used all over Svalbard, also at the Russian settlement. All major credit cards can be used for payment at most accommodation facilities, activity providers and shops. There is a cash machine (ATM) in Longyearbyen.

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  • Medical services

    There is a small hospital in Longyearbyen with a resident surgeon. For really very serious cases, patients are airlifted to Tromsø or Oslo University clinics. There are helicopters stationed at Svalbard that have air ambulance capacity.You find the hospital in a fairly large yellowish building on the main pedestrian street in Longyearbyen.In...

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  • Great information

    There is this brochure which can be obtained at the Svalbard tourist information with great information on the geography, climate, flora and fauna of Svalbard as well as a little historical background and tips on things to do.It is available in at least 5 languages: Norwegian, English, French, German and Japanese (I believe). Really worthwhile!

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  • Natural Icecubes were served in the bar

    When cruising through the quiet and remote fjords of Svalbard / Spitzbergen, the bar-waiters onboard of M/S Vistafjord had a special surprise for our guests :It always was announced as a special event, when during a cruise in Svalbard / Spitzbergen a big natural ice-cube was taken onboard. It was cut into small pieces and served with the drinks in...

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  • Björnoya - the bear island

    We passed by Björnoja whenever we had a cruise to Spitzbergen. Bjornoya is uninhabited nowadays except for 8 people living there in a permanent weather-station, but it used to be an important trading-place during the time of whale-hunting with big ships in 1850 - 1910 You better be careful and always have a rifle or gun handy, when taking a walk...

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  • Tender-service in Longyear-bay

    In Lonyear-bay we always had to disembark our passengers by tender-boats. This is something you always have to considder, when calculating your time ashore. At first the passengers could go ashore, afterwards the crew, who had also the last tender already 30 minutes before the last tender for passengers would leave. This is Svalbard - these...

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  • Helpful links

    When preparing a trip to Longyearbyen, the following links might be helpful:http://www.longyearbyen.net (Norwegian only!)http://www.svalbard.comhttp://www.wildlife.nohttp://www.svalbard.nethttp://www.sysselmannen.svalbard.no

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  • Paradise for ornithologists

    The Arctic in general - and that includes Svalbard - are a paradise for ornithologists! There are 145 different species - so don't forget your binoculars and get ready to watch!No matter if they are solo or in colonies - black and white or colorful - the variety is just amazing!Sorry, I do not know the names of the birds in the pictures - if...

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  • Weather in Svalbard

    Despite Svalbard being so close to the North Pole, the archipelago has a relatively mild climate compared to areas at the same latitude. It is not uncommon on Svalbard to have long periods during the winter with temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees with a wind-chill factor that compounds the cooling effect of the low temperatures. During the...

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  • The weather forecast for Svalbard

    Check these links for weather forecast for Svalbard:http://met.no/svalbard/longyearbyen.html2nonscript

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  • Trouble with the law? Try a lawyer...

    Your husband got eaten by a polar bear? Complaints about being cheated by a cruise organiser? Wrangling with the Sysselmannen over expedition permits? If you need assistance in dealing with the law, there are at least three lawyers in (or experienced in) Longyearbyen:Advokat Skotte: phone 88003040, e-mail skotte@skotte.no...

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  • Planning map for Svalbard

    If you need a planning map for Svalbard, then look at this web address:http://www.sysselmannen.svalbard.no/skjemaer/svalbard_LR.pdf There are also other maps on this site, that belongs to the Governor of Svalbard.

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  • A good link to services at Svalbard

    Svalbard Reiseliv AS is the key tourism organisation at Svalbard. You can find a lot of info through their web side.www.svalbard.netTel +47 79025550

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  • Icebergs all over

    Icebergs will be found in the water all over Svalbardonly about 10% of the are visible, the rest is under water and might be a certain danger for the shipAnd these Icebergs consist of ice from the glacier - that means it is sweet-water - and will melt slowly in the icy saltwater

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  • The only gateway to Svalbard is...

    Wilderness!...You can see more pictures from Svalbard on my private page:http://www.kontynenty.tpi.pl/Svalbard1.htmEnjoy!

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  • Spitzbergen

    have a look at these mountains and you know, where the name "Spitzbergen" comes from.......be prepared that in summer the sun will not go down at night and you may take pics at midnight, although it is a cloudy day (night)

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  • Blue ice and hundred of miles of virgin...

    Snowmobiling for several consecutive days, over glaciers and frozen sea, far away from any inhabitated place, under the sky at the end of the polar night, is an experience that I will never forget. The beautiful colors of the sky and of the ice. The wild nature and the extreme landscape.

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  • Ice caving! The cave is inside...

    Ice caving! The cave is inside the glacier not far from Longyearbyen. In the pic you can see the entry where our guide lowered us down. The cave is about 10 meters down inside the glacier and it's several hundred meters long.The cave was created by melting water rushing through it. This happens every summer so the cave looks different every year....

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  • Go take a trips with a...

    Go take a trips with a snowscooter and a dog sledge. You can take daytrips or longer trips lasting for example a whole week. We took a daytrip with dog sledges. First we got proper guiding on driving them and picked our own dogs. Then off we went with a guide. It's just wonderful to drive the dogs in the middle of vast emptyness. I enjoyed the...

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