How to travel to Spitsbergen
Svalbard is closer than you think – just 3 hours’ flight from Oslo. You can depart from central Europe in the morning and reach one of our outer stations – Isfjord Radio, North Pole Camp or Nordenskiöld Lodge – by evening. For longer trips, it’s good to have a rest in Longyearbyen before departing for the wilderness the next day.
BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) operates flights to Longyearbyen from Tromsø and Oslo. For more information please visit www.flysas.com for booking. Another air company is Norwegian airlines. It is a new airline company flying to Longyearbyen from Oslo around 3 times a week, offering relatively affordable prices. You can book your tickets from the Norwegian airlines website: www.norwegian.com
PASSPORT & VISA
Please remember that all travellers to Svalbard need to go through passport control. The identity of all travellers between Svalbard and the Norwegian mainland will be checked both upon arrival and departure. If you need a visa to enter Norway, please note that you will need a double visa to enter Norway again after your trip to Spitsbergen.
There is an airport shuttle that will take you easily from the airport to our Basecamp Hotel and back. The price is NOK 75 per adult.
HOW TO GET AROUND
In Longyearbyen, you can walk around on your own. On both sides of the settlement there are polar bear warning signs, making sure that everyone entering the wilderness has proper safety equipment with them. Most of all, remember not towander past those signs without an experienced guide and a rifle. To get around the settlement more quickly, you can rent bicycles from us. In addition to taxis are also available to visit the outer sides of the settlement in a safe way.
There are only approximately 40 kilometers of road in total in Longyearbyen, and there are no roads connecting different settlements. To get out of Longyearbyen, and into the arctic wilderness, you can travel by boat during summer and snowmobile or dog sled during winter. Whenever leaving the settlement, it is wise to travel with a professional guide with proper safety equipment. We recommend that you book all your trips through recognized companies.