The last stop before the North Pole: Svalbard – Spitsbergen!
Once in a lifetime…
Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic, located halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, between 74° and 81° North. Spitsbergen is the largest island of the archipelago with Longyearbyen as its capital.
The landscape has been formed by a series of ice ages, when great glaciers cut the original plateau up into fjords, valleys and mountains. The glaciers cover 60% of the archipelago, while 30% is covered with mountains and 10% with vegetation.
The polar bear is the animal that most people connect with Svalbard, but there are many other animals that call Svalbard home, including walrus, seals, whales, polar fox and Svalbard reindeer.
Svalbard is home to 2.650 people, approximately 2.100 live in Longyearbyen, representing over 50 nationalities. They are young, compared with the mainland, there is a much higher number of people between 25 – 49 years old.
The polar night and the midnight sun rule the skies for much of the year, adding an exotic touch to your wilderness experience. Longyearbyen experiences midnight sun from 20 April to 23 August and the dark season between 26 October and 15 February.
The archipelago has an Arctic climate, but with a much higher average temperature than other areas at the same latitude. The average temperature is -16 in January and +6 in July. We have The Northern Lights Winter, The Sun Winter and The Polar Summer.
Most guests fly to Tromsø or Oslo, spend the night in a hotel and then fly with Norwegian or SAS to Longyearbyen, sometimes it is possible to fly to Longyearbyen in one day. The flight from Tromsø takes 1,5 hours, the one from Oslo takes 3 hours.