Longyearbyen, Svalbard Sights

In 1906 John M. Longyear established the first coal mine and named the area Longyear City. Now called Longyearbyen, Svalbard's capital has a population of 2,640. With a local economy fueled by oil drilling, the town has some good accommodations and restaurants. Svalbardporten, the Gateway to Svalbard, is where you'll find a museum, the area's tourist office, research facilities, and more.

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Galleri Svalbard

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If the weather is frosty, head hear. One of Norway's most admired artists, Kàre Tveter, donated 40 illustrations to this gallery. The...

Spitsbergen Airship Museum

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This museum, right behind the university, presents the history of three airships that tried to reach the North Pole, all starting from...

Svalbard Church

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In addition to being used for services, the world's northernmost church also serves as a cozy place to relax with a cup of coffee and...

Svalbard Museum

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The museum holds exhibitions covering Svalbard's 400-year history. You can get insight into the discovery of Svalbard, 17th-century whaling...


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