Longyearbyen is a strange mix of Arctic nature and modern technology. Here you can find both high speed internet and polar bears, right next to each other.
Longyearbyen is a combination of modern houses and old mining structures. You can see children walking to and from the school along with reindeer. You can sit with a cup of coffee using a highspeed internet connection, while others walk past with rifles. Spitsbergen is a place of contrasts.
Arriving by plane is really the only possibility when it comes to visiting Longyearbyen. It’s a roughly three hour flight from Oslo. Longyearbyen is located in small valley of Longyear, surrounded by mountains on three sides, with the Adventfjord on the fourth.
Center of Longyearbyen
Longyear valley and the city of Longyearbyen, Advenfjorden and Hjortfjellet in the back
The iron from the mine matches beautifully with the autumn colors of the nature.
This is a trip for those who would like to have a special day on foot in the grand Svalbard nature. Normal physics and no prior knowledge of snowshoeing is required.