Airplane to Svalbard
The only way to get to Longyearbyen (asuming you're not allready on Svalbard) is by plane. There are currently two airlines flying to/from Longyearbyen, Norwegain and SAS.
- Norwegian is considered the cheap airline, but you have to pay extra for bringing luggage that needs to be checked in.
- With SAS one bag of 23 kg or less is included in the price
So if you don't feel like you need more than your carry on, there might be some money saved.
Both are worth checking out since prices vary and the difference is not that big. SAS also has cheap last minute tickets for flights leaving in less than 24 hours that might be an option if you're traveling off season.
Fly - and keep it cheap
From Longyearbyen we flew to Tromso/Norway on SAS Braathens. They offer cheap flights (we paid around 90€ p.p. from Longyearbyen to Tromso in 2005) and excellent service!
The airport is not far away from the town and can easily be reached by taxi or airport shuttle!
Snow scooters are the perfect means of transportation in Longyearbyen in wintertime! You find them everywhere usually until June. When the snow has melted, people "mothball" them for the summer, since they can use their cars then!
Walking within Longyearbyen is no problem at all the streets are paved, no heavy traffic, no big elevations and the distances are manageable! We only took a taxi from the harbor to our guest house in Nybyen, because our backpacks were quite heavy, but without that luggage we walked the same distance more than once!
There are plenty of taxis to be found in Longyearbyen, but interesting enough they will always be mini van taxis. The fare is the same no matter if one person uses it or 9 - so sharing a taxi will definitely save you some money!
Ships and boats
We arrived in Longyearbyen by boat - the wonderful Professor Molchanov, which we had boarded in Aberdeen, Scotland! A fabulous trip, which I have described on my Arctic page.
On the second day we went on a tour from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg and the only possible way to go there was by boat. There are two tour companies offering day trips and they are basically identical. The departure times differ a little and what I heard, the food as well! We decided to take the earlier tour and were quite satisfied with it! The two companies are Spitsbergentravel and Wildlife.no.
if ypu're not on a big criuse chip the only was to enter longyearbyen is byu airplane, the only two companies that flye up here is Sas\braathens and norwegian air shuffels, when u get here it depense on the season how u get around, in the winter u eed to go by bus or taxi, but in the summer it's nice to walk around, it's not so big here...
Taxis are not to be found
Ski-Doos are the only way of transport for many parts of the country during wintertime, and they are found actually in front of every house.
Do NOT expect taxis in the port, when you arrive by cruise-ship.
You may WALK to town instead - it will take about 20-30 minutes and you will pass by plenty of kids selling great souvenirs of Spitzbergen:
stone-plates with insects, shells and other prehistoric animals fossiled inside.
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On this pic you may see 2 major means of transportation :
The Ski-Doo for wintertime - always with a filled spare-tank behind of it
And the large trucks of the mining-companies, that will rush with high speed over the dusty roads, not really caring a lot about pedestrians taking a walk
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We arrived at 12.40 AM it was very grey skies and visibility was abit poor.
But what a suprise we had a welcome of a Real and a dead Polor Bear in ashow case. at the Arrival Hall.
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