Accessible Arctic dreamland, many things to see and do, weekend destination.
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You obviously won't forget this island
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...more
P.O. Box 500, Longyearbyen, 9170, Norway
Good for: Families
Polar bears are real and they are in the area outside of town. There are a bit more than 2,000 people on Spitsbergen Island and about 2,000 polar bears. We heard the advice that if you are out of town then you should be armed and proficient in its use. Some people like to kayak/camp. The locals take specific actions to minimize the threat from...more
There is not much information on Barentsburg, except that it is the only Russian settlement on Svalbard, that according to www.world-gazeteer.com it has a declining number of inhabitants and that a few VTers have already been there...That's about it....more
To get to Ny Alesund you will cross the Arctic Circle and be eligible to be inducted into the Society of the Blue Nose. We sailed across on the Holland America ship, Prinsendam, and were inducted as we crossed the Circle. The ceremony is simple: everyone jumps into the pool. See pictures. Crossing also makes it possible in the summer months to see...more
This is so cool, literally. Air and water temperature were zero Celcius when our Holland America ship, Prinsendam, coupled Ny Alesund with a visit to the polar ice cap. The multi-year ice sheet is about nine or twelve feet thick, and it looks solid from a distance. The edge is frayed, as you can see in the pictures. Closeup it looks like a...more
North of Ny Alesund is Northwest Spitsbergen National Park with the spectacular Lilliehook glacier. It is accessible for viewing from the water and is at the end of a fjord, Magdalena Bay. This is unique because you can see the extensive ablating which has occured in the last century. In some places the snout no longer reaches the water. We saw it...more
We were up early in the morning for a (7 hours) snow mobile trip. A group of 6 of us met our guide at the Arctic Adventures office where we were outfitted with warm clothes, boots, long gloves, helmets, and goggles. We were driven out of town where the snowmobiles were waiting. We each had our own. I was a little nervous about driving it – we’d be...more
We were excited about our first excursion in Spitsbergen. We were going dog sledding. We were picked up at our hotel and taken to the dog kennels a short distance out of town. My husband and I were going on one sled and the guide and a Norwegian lady were going on another. We were given heavy clothes and boots, the dogs were harnessed, we had a...more
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