Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen), Norway

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Spitsbergen is the largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago - and home to one of the most exotic landscapes on earth. These islands are polar deserts - windswept, treeless, mountainous. Spitsbergen is generally ice free during the long polar winter, but icebergs and pack ice lurk offshore. Other than man, the only mammals inhabiting the island year-round are Arctic fox, reindeer and polar bear. During summer months, migratory birds flock to the island, and Spitsbergen is covered in a lush carpet of wildflowers.

The largest settlement on Spitsbergen is Longyearbyen. Named after an American mining engineer, this town of 2,100 people is the administrative capital of the islands.

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  • Global Seed Vault Global Seed Vault

    Constructed 393 feet inside a sandstone mountain and 426 feet above sea level, this "doomsday" bank holds seed samples of thousands of crop varieties from all over the world.

  • Svalbard's Mines Svalbard's Mines

    Gruve 3 and Gruve 4 are just two of the many coalmines that were established around Longyearbyen when northern Norway became a center for foreign mining companies during the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Svalbard Museum Svalbard Museum

    The museum now shares the building with the Science Center. Exhibits, videos and displays showcase 400 years of Svalbard's history and connection with the sea.

  • Galleri Svalbard Galleri Svalbard

    The gallery's permanent art and culture collections include works by noted painter and illustrator Kare Tveter and local artist Olav Storo, as well as reproductions of antique maps and historical drawings of Svalbard.

  • Bird Mountain Bird Mountain

    The weather-beaten 1,540-foot-high cliffs of Fuglefjella is home to thousands of migratory birds such as Arctic terns, guillemots, kittiwakes and puffins and are recognized as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International.

  • Longyear Glacier Longyear Glacier

    Sitting at the top of Longyear valley the glacier's bedrock has eroded over thousands of years to reveal 40 to 60-million-year-old fascinating fossils. Search for these ancient artifacts and bring them home as souvenirs.

  • Unique Adventures Unique Adventures

    From dog sledding and brewery tours to fjord safaris and mining expeditions, Longyearbyen beckons with immersive and intriguing activities that will stay with you for a lifetime.


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