Svalbard Transportation

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Svalbard Transportation

  • Bike rental

    There is a bike rental in Longyearbyen, great, as it is quite tedious to slog around the streets of Longyearbyen, especially if you live up in Nybyen; it also enables you to get out of town. Just be aware that you bike fast enough so the polar bears do not eat you.Their web pages are not so informative and detailed, but you will find the bikes for...

  • Bus to and From the Airport

    It is easy to get the bus to and from the Airport to the center of Longyearbyen. It is sat outside the terminal of the airport having dropped off people for the next flight.Tell the driver where you are going and put your luggage in the bus. THe fare was 50 nok in 2010 and that is from the airport to any accommodation. Discounts for students and...

  • Luggage

    You luggage might get stuck at Oslo or whichever airport you are flying from. When i was there it was often that that happened. But it definitely get there the next day and they deliver it to your hotel. So keep 1 day worth of clothes in your carry on

  • Boat to Svalbard

    There are some cruiseships traveling to Svalbard in the summertime. You will find arctic wildlife and fjords surrounded by jagged peaks and glaciers.

  • Rent a car in Longyearbyen

    4 wheel drive cars can be rented. There is 50 km roads in Longyearbyen. This is a good way to see the town and explore some areas outside the town.

  • Fly Scandinavian Airlines to Svalbard

    Fly Scandinavian Airlines from Oslo nonstop (4 hours), or from Oslo via Tromso (4 hours 40 min), or from Tromso (1 hour 50 min). Longyearbyen airport is located 2 km from the centre.

  • Longyearbyen - bus from airport

    There is a bus that picks up passengers from the airport and transports you to the hotels/guesthouses in town, the price is now one-way NOK50 for adults and NOK30 for students. The bus will also pick up at the hotels for the return flight at fixed times. Once in town, there isn't any public transportation, it's either by taxi, walking, or bicycle....

  • Svalbard Airport Longyear - LYR: latest...

    LYR has a new terminal building with much better baggage handling and plenty of space for passengers, visitors and baggage. Still only one baggage band, but, hey, where is the other plane???On arrival the bus to the hotels will be there waiting for you, the bus driver huddling inside the terminal building for warmth. If you want a taxi, approach...

  • Svalbard Longyear Airport - LYR

    THE INFO POSTED HERE IS SOMEWHAT REDUNDANT, SINCE LYR HAS A NEW TERMINAL BUILDING WITH MUCH BETTER FACILITIES. SEE A NEW TIP ON THIS, WHILE I LEAVE THIS BASIC INFO AS MOST OF IT IS TRUE...LYR is a simple but rugged airport. They have frequent cancellations due to bad weather combined with a hefty landing approach route.Once there you will have...

  • Snowmobile rental

    Snowmobiles can be rented on an individual basis. It is probably easier to join an organised trip, but if this is not for you do it on your own. One recommended outfitter is Svalbard Snøscooterutleie. You need a driver's licence and knowledge of using a snowmobile before you are let off. Probably some kind of comprehensive insurance coverage also....

  • Getting to Svalbard by Air

    Getting to Svalbard is no easy feat. You first need to get to Norway and then book an additional flight from Oslo to Longyearbyen. Flights to Longyearbyen only run in the summer due to the high tourist season and climate conditions. I searched on the web for several weeks to find an affordable flight and chose Iceland Air as it is the shortest...

  • Svalbard Artic Circle Cruise

    A trip to Svalbard is not for the budget conscious so for many this might be the trip of a lifetime. As Artic Circle cruises are available only the months of June, July & August with July the ideal month especially to see polar bears. Most of these cruises are booked by February for the summer due to high demand and short cruise season.I chose...

  • Snowscooters

    We did not use snowscooters, because we were in Spitsbergen during the summer season, but quite a few of them were still standing there....Snowscooters are a common means of transportation in Svalbard and there are a lot of snowscooter tours offered to various places - I can very well imagine that it is a lot of fun riding on them!

  • Walking through Svalbard

    On several occasions we had the chance to walk around a bit: the excursions on Svalbard were rather soggy, so it was essential to have good hiking boots or even rubber boots, because we had to overcome snow, melting water and quite a bit of mud!

  • other boats

    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...

  • Zodiacs

    Even with a small vessel like the Professor Molchanov we could not manage to land in most of the places, so we used the zodiacs. At first I was a little scared, but with a little bit of practise I felt absolutely safe! And the zodiac drivers were superb! By the time we reached the Svalbard coast we all were experts and enjoyed our shore excursions...

  • Professor Molchanov

    Oh, what can I say? What a wonderful ship - a former research vessel now designed for up to 54 passengers. Nice cabins, wonderful crew and staff, delicious food, open bridge and a concept of a very ecologic type of tourism - I loved every second of the cruise and would highly recommend it without hesitation!For some more impressions of this...

  • Fly - and keep it cheap

    To get from Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen to Tromso/Norway we went with SAS Braathens. We only paid 90 € p.p., but did book way in advance! The flight schedule was a little mean - we had to get up at 3.30 a.m., because the plane left around 6 a.m. .... hahaha - but you can't have it all!!!

  • Cheapest to Svalbard

    Use you frequent flier points on Star Alliance SAS, Lufthansa, Thai, United etc.) to get there; Svalbard is treated as a Norwegian domestic destination (two hours off the mainland). This is the farthest destination you can fly by bonus points within the domestic or Nordic bonus points level system. I met a Dane once who flew from Copenhagen via...

  • In need of air charter for goods and/or...

    The company Lufttransport seems to be able to help. I have seen that they have Dorniers and helicopters based at LYR. Just ensure you have the right permits for where you want to go first...Office in Longyearbyen, open weekdays 8-16.

  • To/from the airport

    A bus and a few taxis pick up and deliver passengers at the airport. Coincides with all arrivals and departures. If you are stylish you can also prebook an improbable stretch limo...

  • By ship to Svalbard


  • Air travel to Longyearbyen

    There are three or four main itinerarys you can use to reach Svalbard by air.1) Most commonly from the Norwegian mainland directly from Oslo nonstop, or from Oslo via Tromsø, or from Tromsø itself. The combined airlines SAS/Braathens fly these routes. Norwegian tried to fly for a while, but apparently no longer. In case they do re-emerge on this...

  • 45 kms of roads - car rental possible

    You can rent a car and travel around the 45 km of surface roads in and around Longyearbyen. Not surfaced, but surface. Underground there must be about 400 km of roads in the horizontal mine shafts. All the mountains around Longyearbyen are like Swiss cheeses.The roads are gravel roads, most of them, and not that many kilometres are open during...

  • Airport bus from/to Svalbard Longyear...

    There is a scheduled bus service that takes care of your transport needs from/to the airport if you stay in the hotels and guesthouses in Longyearbyen. They are there on flight arrival and do not leave before the last passenger has left the terminal arrival hall. They deposit passengers in their respective hotels. The bus baggage rooms are marked...

  • Limo in Longyearbyen

    Can you believe it - there is a stretch limo service in Longyearbyen???!!!Why bother? But, anyway, might be good news for some...

  • Taxi in Longyearbyen

    There is a taxi service in Longyearbyen. Useful for taking you from one venue to the next, such as carry you back to the hotel from a night out at Huset. You can also prebook for your flight departure (or arrival) and take you out to the far corners of the road network, such as to mine No 7 and Bjørndalen for hiking or skiing.

  • Cruises with M/S Nordstjernen

    Another great coastal-cruiseline might be this one, that I store here for my personal use , and maybe it might be of some help for others as well.This is a cruise I will certainly make one day, as it offers to land at many places, where the big cruise-ships will have to pass by without landing. !

  • Longyearbyen Airport

    Except for one or two very expensive cruiseships in the summer, the only way to get to Svalbard is by air. The only airport is a few kilometres outside Longyearbyen.

  • Flying to Svalbard

    There are daily flights to Svalbard from Oslo and Tromso, usually operated by Braathens with Boeing 737 and SAS with MD80. Flight time from Tromso is about 1 hour and 40 minutes, or three hours from Oslo (nonstop) or 4 hours and an half from Oslo via Tromso. The flight schedule non always connects easily with other international flights and...

  • Braathens flies to Svalbard...

    Braathens flies to Svalbard from Tromsö, Norway. The plane lands at the local airport where the airport bus takes you to your hotel. Well, this can be said about any city I guess One more picture. Here's a beautiful one showing Longyearbyen and a great shot of those beautiful mountains.

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