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Useful information for shore excursions in Spitsbergen (Longyearbyen)
We have put together information about the cruise port, the most beautiful sights as well as many useful information for a shore excursion in and around Longyearbyen below.
The most beautiful sights in Longyearbyen
Longyearbyen is the capital of the island Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Sea. It is the northernmost point that can be reached on a Norway cruise. When you reach the entrance of the harbor through the Advent Fjords you will be astonished by the amazing landscapes. The untouched nature, the glaciers, the snowfields, the passing ice floes and the rugged coastline all radiate a breathtaking flair.
Spitsbergen belongs to the archipelago Svalbard, which belongs to Norway since 1920. Between the 74th and 81st degrees north latitude, it is close to the permanent drift ice border. The former mining town Longyearbyen is with about 2500 inhabitants the largest town and administrative seat.
Longyearbyen was named after the American entrepreneur John Munro Longyear. As Chairman of the Arctic Coal Company, he founded the site and the nearby coal mines. Mining was once the main source of income. Nowadays there is only one open mine, the others have been closed but are still visible on the mountain edges. The main sources of income are tourism and research. Over time, the mining town has become a modern, young town.
There are several national parks and bird sanctuaries, these also include polar bears. The glaciers cover about 60% of the country. There is no road connection between the places on the island. As means of transport the locals use boats or snowmobiles.
The colorful town center is not far from the harbor. In contrast to the untouched nature between the isolated settlements, the center of the village offers a modern tourist infrastructure. There are modern hotels, restaurants, pubs and shops where duty-free shopping is possible. There is also a tourist information in the center where there is free wifi.
Worth seeing are the Galleri Svalbard, the North Pole Expedition Museum and the Svalbard Museum. The breathtaking landscape of the surrounding area can be visited during boat trips, hikes, dogsledding tours and bus tours.
As a tourist you shouldn’t explore own your own outside the city because it can be dangerous due to polar bears.
The Galleri Svalbard is located at the end of the village. There are permanently changing sales exhibitions. Exhibited are works in which the Svalbar artists were inspired by the light, nature and colors of Spitsbergen. Further you can also look at old bank notes and maps.
Opened in 1979, the Svalbard Museum has been part of the Svalbard Science Center since 2005. The museum displays objects about the discovery of Spitsbergen, the history of mining, whaling in the 17th century and hibernation. You will also learn how reindeers and polar bears adapted to survive on the island.
North Pole Expedition Museum
The museum’s exhibition spans over two floors and includes exhibits on the history of the Arctic North Pole expedition. These include, for example, film recordings, newspapers, pictures, telegrams and ship and airplane models, etc. There is also a museum shop where you can buy gifts, maps and clothing from the Arctic region.
The Ny Ålesund peninsula is a small settlement on the island of Spitsbergen. With about 30 inhabitants in winter and about 120 inhabitants in summer, it is one of the northernmost settlement in the world. In Ny Ålesund you can also find the northernmost post office on earth. From Longyearbyen, the settlement can be reached by boat during the ice-free period and otherwise by snowmobile.
Map of the cruise port in Longyearbyen
Cruise ships in Longyearbyen dock at the two local moorings Bykaia and Gamlekaia. If the two berths are already occupied, the cruise ships anchor off the coast and the passengers would be brought ashore with tenders.
Worth knowing about shore excursions in and around Longyearbyen
Shipping companies and routes
National and international cruise lines that moor at Longyearbyen are MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line .
Immigration and visa
It is not necessary to apply for a visa when traveling to Norway. Canadian and US citizens do not require a visa to enter the Schengen Area of countries in Europe for tourism or business stays under ninety (90) days. Also UK citizens who hold either a full UK passport or a BOTC, BOC, BPP or BS passport can travel to Norway visa-free.
Please make sure to bring a valid passport with you, which extends at least 90 days after your initial arrival in the Schengen Area.
In Spitsbergen you pay with the Norwegian Krone (NOK), which is divided into 100 Øre. 1 US-Dollar is about 8.15 NOK and 1 British pound equals approximately 10.70 NOK
Taxi and public transport
In Longyearbyen there are shuttle buses at the harbor, which take you into the city. The city center with a shopping center is located about 1 mile from the port and is also within walking distance.
Spitsbergen is gladly toured during the time of the “light winter“. This isbetween March and early May. In March the temperatures are still below zero, but with a bit of luck you can see the northern lights and hours of sunrises or sunsets.
From April it gets warmer and the light gets brighter so it is bright around the clock. This is the most popular time for winter tours such as: dog sled or snowmobile tours. In mid-May, the snow begins to melt slowly. Mid-June is the season in Spitsbergen. There are fewer tourists because there is not enough snow for winter tours and too much snow for hiking or boat trips. From July to September the weather is ideal for trekking as most of the snow is gone and the temperature rises to 8 °C / 46 °F.
From October, the days will be shorter and it will be cold and stormy. From November to April, cruise ships barely go to the fjord due to the fact that it can sometimes be minus degrees during this time. Rainfall can occur all year round.
Website Port Authority and Tourism Organization
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