When you arrive in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, you will be mesmerized by jaw-dropping landscapes. Svalbard offers views that are unlike anything you have seen before. Get your camera ready because everywhere you look resembles a painting in Svalbard. It is a photographer’s paradise. If you visit Svalbard to see nature, you will not be disappointed by this striking arctic town.
Visit Svalbard for Nature and Wildlife
From the moment you land in Longyearbyen to the moment you leave this frozen archipelago; closeness to nature is what you will feel. Expect to be greeted by wild, yet somewhat curious reindeer with the cutest faces you will ever see. They are one of the reasons to visit Svalbard, and chances are you will see them.
There are many places to stay in town. Sleeping rooms with shared bathrooms are more affordable options. If you are in for some luxury, five-star accommodations are also available. Svalbard hosts Europe´s largest wine cellar and the northernmost brewery in the world. Head over to the Svalbard Bryggeri, the northernmost brewery in the world for an icy cold beer. The Karlsberger Pub has over 1000 kinds of whisky for you to try. The nightlife in Svalbard is enjoyable and the food is delicious. Kroa is a fantastic restaurant filled with seal skins and wooden stools covered in reindeer hides. You experience a true arctic feel when you walk into this place and the food is delicious. If you like pizza, this is the place for you.
Activities to Do in Svalbard
There are many nature activities to do when you visit Svalbard. Hiking in this arctic wonderland is a must-do. The mountain views are worth the hike. It is also rewarding to see Longyearbyen from above or watch the northern lights from a mountain top with friends. Be sure to have a guide with polar bear protection if you leave the vicinity of the city. It is not wise to hike alone in Svalbard.
If you are looking for adventurous activities, I highly recommend booking a trip with Arctic Wildlife Tours. They offer 10-day expeditions on ships. Your chances of seeing polar bears, walruses, bearded seals, ringed seals, whales, and birdlife are extremely high. Spectacular glaciers, mountains, fjords, wildlife, and landscapes will also be awaiting. Traveling with Arctic Wildlife Tours and their highly experienced guides will be the trip of a lifetime.
If you want to take photography trips when you visit Svalbard, there are guides that will take you to wonderful locations. You can take a trip for a few hours or all day depending on your skill level. Many activities are available to fill your days in Longyearbyen. These include skiing, hiking, dog sledding, and many day tours by boat to name a few. You can always enjoy a meal in town or the comforts of your hotel at the end of the day. There are also interesting sites to see such as the Svalbard Church. It was originally built in 1921, then rebuilt in 1956 after being bombed in world war II. It was the northernmost church until Russia built the St. Nicolas church in Nagurskoye.
Svalbard is a totally unique and surreal place. It will leave you breathless with its vast landscapes and wildlife. It is home to the polar bear, arctic fox, ringed seal, Svalbard reindeer, walrus, and birds galore. Put this place on your bucket list, and visit Svalbard. It is the trip of a lifetime.