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    • What animals are common on Svalbard

      Svalbard Feb 11, 2016 at 2:25 PM

      I would like to know what four-legged animals are common on Svalbard. It is research for a book I am writing.

      4 Answers Feb 12, 2016 at 6:52 AM
    • transportation within Svalbard

      Svalbard Feb 8, 2016 at 4:48 AM


      I'm thinking about going to Svalbard in December 2016 (8-15 december).
      The "issue" is that I can't really find any ways for transport from Longyearbyen airport to Barentsburg.
      Could someone give me some sites for transport by : car, boat, snow scooter, bus, train, ...
      I have a drivers' license.


      3 Answers Feb 12, 2016 at 6:26 AM
    • where is platabergat

      Svalbard Dec 15, 2015 at 2:37 AM

      where is platabergat and how far from the capital

      4 Answers Dec 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM
    • January Tours and Sightseeing in Svalbard

      Svalbard Sep 19, 2015 at 2:17 AM

      I plan to visit Longyearben in the middle of Jan 2016; is there any activities or tours around mid Jan or is it too dark for any tours? Vijay

      1 Answer Sep 19, 2015 at 10:13 AM
    • Job in Longyearbyen

      Svalbard Jul 18, 2015 at 7:03 AM

      I was born and raised in Russia, in a city that called "Norilsk", which is one of the northern cities in the world, also my profession is a stope mining.
      I speak Russian fluently, and I know I little bit English. Currently I'm 48, but I'm a very healthy and strong man. I have a daughter.
      I would like to know, is it possible for me to find a job in Svalbard, particularly in Longyearbyen?

      5 Answers Aug 12, 2015 at 1:57 AM
    • Svalbard in January

      Svalbard Jun 27, 2015 at 3:32 AM

      I found out about Svalbard right after I've booked my trip to Norway.
      It will be from the 4th to the 22nd of january.
      It is worthed to go in Longyearbyen at that time of the year?
      Will I be able to go on snowmobile excursion?

      I 'm really interested of going in Artic, but I still want to be able to live some fabulous experience.


      2 Answers Jun 28, 2015 at 12:30 PM
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      Please Informe me regarding the Issue

      Svalbard Apr 29, 2015 at 12:17 PM

      Can i get help from you regarding information about Svalbard Norway my business college want to come from Bangladesh to Svalbard Norway but i was little confusion about visa i saw the Svalbard official website about the visa there no visa requirement but Norway is Schengen Area so if they come from Bangladesh they need visa or not? and if they transit on the Tromsø Airport the need the visa or they can fly without visa and also need to know they will face any problem to return there home country?

      2 Answers Apr 30, 2015 at 2:01 AM
    • about polar bear Watching daytrip(1day)

      Longyearbyen Sep 30, 2014 at 1:12 AM

      im planning to go to Longyearbyen at Oct or Nov2014.
      i want to Watching polar bear(i will go 1daytrip or something from Longyearbyen) .
      but When is a best season Watching polar bear?

      1 Answer Oct 1, 2014 at 11:51 AM
    • job in Longyearbyen

      Svalbard Sep 9, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      I need a job in Longyearbyen (Svalbard) throughout the year

      3 Answers Sep 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM
    • Is there any traveler in Longyearbyen 05-08 of July 2014 - looking for trip company

      Svalbard Jun 29, 2014 at 4:42 AM

      Do you plan any trips at that days on your own? Like hiking, kayaking etc.
      I look for a privat trip I could join to. I'm a positive individual tough man, so you won't have any problem with me. I'm not a moody person.
      You can contact me via e-mail:

      I hope someone reads these posts :-)

      1 Answer Jun 29, 2014 at 6:28 AM
    • seeking for a job

      Svalbard Feb 15, 2014 at 2:55 AM

      is that easy to find a job(better full time job:) in Longyearbyen?i am a girl.i suppose to stay there for one year.can i get a job of coffee shops or restaurant/hotel?

      4 Answers Apr 12, 2014 at 2:31 PM
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      Reccomandations for 2 days in February.

      Svalbard Jan 9, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      Hello, last night over a bottle of wine we simply had the crazy idea of instantly booking a 2 day trip to Svalbard as we had a trip planned to Norway for the month of February. The offers by SAS were an absolute stunner as we managed to find a flight from Oslo with SAS for less than 80 EUR.

      Is there any activity there during winter time? Any recommendations of things to do?
      A lot of the tips I have seen about Svalbard are given for trips in the warmer months of the year, however we are excited to experience very little light (as I understood - in February the little amount of light will be of dark blueish color)

      Last but not least, are Northern Lights common in February up there? Or are we too far away?

      Kindest regards and have a GREAT NEW YEAR 2014,

      7 Answers Jan 9, 2014 at 4:01 AM
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      Must See Place in Svalbard

      Spitsbergen Dec 28, 2013 at 3:10 AM

      Why anyone should visit Svalbard? What is the speciality of Svalbard?

      6 Answers Dec 30, 2013 at 6:11 AM
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      Svalbard in Feb 2014

      Svalbard Jun 16, 2013 at 5:05 AM

      My daughter and I are coming to Svalbard in Feb 2014 for a week. Looking for some basic accommodation. Happy to pay. Any assistance gratefully appreciated

      5 Answers Dec 25, 2013 at 6:05 PM
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      Student visiting March 2015. Pricing of Travel and Accomodation/Avaliable sightseeing oppertunities?

      Svalbard Apr 15, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      Hey. I am a student who lives in Glasgow in Scotland, and would be very much interested in viewing the March 2015 Solar eclipse for Svalbard, the only place the eclipse is visable as a full solar eclipse.

      I was wondering if anyone could give me any advice on how expensive travel and accomodation might be (bearing in mind, I'll be going for the cheapest possible)?

      Also (knowing very little about this myself) would there be any chance of viewing other amazing sights while visiting, such as wildlife or northern lights? Sorry if I come off as foolish.

      1 Answer Apr 16, 2013 at 1:04 AM
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      Looking for transport to Hornsund!

      Svalbard Feb 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Hello! I am going to visit Polish Scientific Polar Station on the Hornsund fiord. I am looking desperately for transport from Longyearbyen to the Station. I am considering stay on the end of March/beginning of April. Does anybody konow whether in that time any transport to station is possible, and if so how much will it cost? Mabey there are local transport companies/travel agencies? I will be rally grateful for any help or tips!

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      Trips & Boots

      Spitsbergen Dec 31, 2012 at 6:21 AM

      Hi, guys
      I'll be in Svalbard in feb
      Do I need a Sorel snowboots or a winter trecking boots are ok?
      Trip: Barentsburg or Pyramiden?
      Any mine or ice cave to visit?
      Good change to watch Northern Lights?
      Thank's a lot...! :D

      1 Answer Aug 7, 2013 at 8:38 PM
    • NY Alesund

      Ny-Ålesund Dec 2, 2011 at 7:14 PM

      I understand that there is a town of Alesund. Is this town close to NY Alesund?

      3 Answers Mar 2, 2013 at 6:41 PM
    • Welly's or Walking

      Svalbard Jul 28, 2011 at 2:13 AM

      Off on a Hurtigruten cruise this weekend to Svalbard on the MS Fram, 29 July.
      Packing space is limited due to our domestic travel, so should we take rubber boots (wellingtons) or water-proof walking boots?

      1 Answer Aug 7, 2013 at 8:42 PM
    • Svalvard trip Jan. 2012

      Svalbard Jun 7, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      Me and my husband are planning our anniversary trip in Spitsbergen. We're from Mexico and want this to be the trip of a lifetime.

      We'd like to know what is the best travel agency in Spitsbergen, one that can really give us out of this world activities that can make our trip memorable.

      We want to experience the real Spitsbergen, get as many activities and adventures as we can.

      Any suggestions on who to contact?? Also, any suggestions on things we MUST do while we're there?

      We've looked into activities and dont know how to pick the best ones! We've both tried snowmobiling and dog sledding in Canada (Yukon Territory), so that would not be something new. However, I've read about snowmobile trips that take you out of town, but there are so many to choose from! Which area would be the best to visit?

      And a very important many nights would you recommend for us there?? We're planning to go to Norway first and then Spitsbergen.

      We are so excited about this trip, but so nervous of missing out on special activities there.

      Overall, we just want this trip to be as magical as possible!

      I'd love all the help we could get.

      3 Answers Feb 26, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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      mobility impaired and getting around

      Longyearbyen May 22, 2011 at 1:40 AM

      Can you get from where the cruise ships let you off to the centre of Longyearbyen by bus or taxi? Its too far for me to walk, although I can walk around the town perfectly well (Provided I have the odd stop for coffee!)

      And equally important, can we get a taxi/bus back???

      We will be there 23rd June this year.

      Thanks for any help and hints.

      3 Answers Aug 7, 2013 at 8:52 PM
    • When is the best time to visit Svalbard

      Svalbard May 3, 2011 at 3:07 PM

      Ok, summer and winter are both interesting to visit Svalbard, from what I have read so far.
      Now, I like taking photos, and do some excursions to see different things, so I think for me it's better to go when there is at least some light.
      Let's say I want to go on excursions to:
      - see polar bears
      - see the large ice glaciers in the sea
      - dog sledding
      - take some nice pictures in good light conditions (so nice weather :-)
      Maybe I'm just looking to really 'see' Svalbard at it's best.
      When do I go ?

      Thanks !

      4 Answers May 12, 2011 at 3:12 PM

      Ny-Ålesund Jan 8, 2011 at 12:32 PM

      I use elbow crutches but can walk only a short distance. I will be visiting N.Y.Alesund via a cruise 7/11. Is it possible for me to use either my small electric scooter or a wheelchair to follow the designated route around the town please?
      Any advice will be gratefully received. Thanks.

      1 Answer Jan 8, 2011 at 3:02 PM
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      northern lights

      Svalbard Dec 19, 2010 at 9:02 AM

      hello i am going to visit Longyearbyen for a week in febr and i would love to see the northern lights, who can help me with info about moon phases, all info is welcome also about astronomy, thank you :)

      5 Answers Aug 7, 2013 at 8:56 PM
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      A week in Svalbard

      Svalbard Aug 4, 2010 at 12:59 PM

      I know there is a lot of information on activities on this forum, but my fear is that with a week to spend there (Late September) we will have a lot of down time. Activities I have selected are ATV Safari to either Adventdalen or Bjørndalen, Rubber Boat trip to Fuglefjella and Hiorthamn, Glacier Hike (Larsbreen glacier), Kayaking to Adventfjord and dinning in the wilds. Now as I understand it there is very little in the town itself (longyearbyen), and with most activities I have chosen being most half or just over half days, is there much to do with the other half of the day. No doubt I will be fairly warn out after such activities as Kayaking but I still don’t want to waste what time I have.
      Things I have found suggested by people are the museum and Svalbard Gallery.
      So my questions are:
      1. from the sounds of the activities I have listed would I be doubling up on anything (there are a lot of similar things about)
      2. What is there to do other than the activities
      3. As only half the week is full can I book things when I arrive to fill the time that will be different from what I already have?

      Any suggestions would be gratefully received as its getting near and im worried about missing out as this is somewhere I will probably only get to visit once.

      Thanks in advance!

      20 Answers Dec 11, 2010 at 3:22 AM
    • svalbard transportation

      Svalbard May 2, 2010 at 3:35 PM

      Is it possible to travel to Svalbard by train? I will be in Flekkefjord and am interested in traveling north...Not necessarily Svalbard, but I would like to travel North, this time...

      2 Answers May 2, 2010 at 9:32 PM
    • Best tour/cruise companies?

      Svalbard Feb 7, 2010 at 6:42 PM

      My husband and I would like to travel to Svalbard in August. We would like to cruise in order to see polar bears and other wildlife. We have traveled with Lindblad before and had a fantastic experience. They have tours to Svalbard but I'd like to learn about other good companies as well. Can anyone recommend a few tour companies that are reputable and experienced in wildlife/ecotourism?

      3 Answers Mar 24, 2010 at 12:54 AM
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      Svalbard Tours

      Svalbard Jan 18, 2010 at 2:45 PM


      I'm going to be in Svalbard just after Easter, which I gather is peak tourist season up there. Flights and hotel are booked :)

      However...will I need to book tours (such as a snowmobile trip to Barentsburg) in advance, or will I be able to sort all this out on arrival? I've had conflicting advice here.

      Also - can anyone recommend any tour companies? Seems to be a huge amount to choose from.

      2 Answers Jan 22, 2010 at 5:21 AM
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      Two questions

      Svalbard Jan 12, 2010 at 5:06 AM

      I have two questions :

      (1) what is the cheapest way to fly to Svalbard ? Is SAS the only airline that flies there ?

      (2) what are the chances of seeing a polar bear there in July ? Have they migrated to some hard-to-reach place by then, or is it easy to go on a tour that will assure me of seeing some ?

      7 Answers Jan 22, 2010 at 4:21 AM
    • when to go - questions on ice and boat trips

      Longyearbyen Nov 22, 2009 at 2:14 PM


      I'm planning to visit Longyearbyen this summer, either in the beginning of June, towards the end of June or the beginning of July. Which timing would be best, if my main interest is to see the great walls of ice from the sea, and glaciers?

      Could there be a risk, at any time during the summer season, that either the boat routes are not open or that there are not enought people for the cruise to take off? Another question: I'm only there for a few days, so I could just get on a day-cruise to see anything. Which cruise would you recommend as the most impressive one with views on ice? The names of different glaciers don't say too much to me at the tourism web site, so I'm puzzled.

      Thanks in advance for hints!

      4 Answers Dec 19, 2009 at 3:26 AM