Best Things To Do in Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen

Are you looking for what to do in Longyearbyen?

  • Svalbard Kirke: A small, cosy church in the bitter cold town will give you some relief with its warmth. It is the northernmost church in the world and completely worth your time.
  • Snowmobile safaris: If you really want to see Longyearbyen in the best way possible, there are tour operators that provide for snowmobile safaris. You will be allowed to drive across valleys and glaciers and truly witness the bounty and beauty of nature. You may even spot a polar bear!
  • Svalbard Museum: The museum features Svalbard’s 400 year history along with exhibits on whaling and mining to make you understand the culture and antiquity of the town.
  • Other outdoor activities: There is lots to do in Longyearbyen if you love nature and have a hankering for adventure. Dog-sledding, hiking, kayaking are some of the activities you can enjoy.
  • North Pole Expedition Museum: A museum that will teach you all there is to know about expeditions to the North Pole. Displays photos, postcards, clothes and other paraphernalia used by the explorers.

Below we have a list of things to do in Longyearbyen and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Longyearbyen getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Longyearbyen with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Longyearbyen

Here is the list of things to do in Longyearbyen and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Svalbard Museum

    4.5 (79 Votes)
    Svalbard Museum


    Setup in 1979, the Svalbard Museum was located in the oldest part of Longyearbyen. Today, in a quiet, calm realm of its own, you will find the Svalbard Museum in the Svalbard Science Centre. This museum of natural and cultural history is a must visit; credit to its magnificent exhibits, its intriguing information pool and the breathtakingly beautiful landscape around it. The museum’s...Read more
  2. North Pole Expeditions Museum


    Co-founded by an Italian Stefano Poli and a Norwegian Ingunn Loyning, the stunningly remarkable Spitsbergen Airship Museum has documented the long history of aviation in modern Svalbard. This museum tells the story of polar exploration, mostly from around Svalbard using grand original artefacts, original newspapers and other documents. The beginning of 20th century saw a lot of attempts by...Read more
  3. Svalbard Husky

    4.7 (82 Votes)
    Svalbard Husky
    A dog sledding Tour Company is sure to make your dream of taking a closer look of Svalbard’s striking geology covered in its snowy coat come true. Thanks to Svalbard Husky this is very much possible. Started in 2010, this tour operator will take you on a memorable ride of the arctic. With a family of 55 very friendly and social Alaskan Huskies, the Svalbard Husky offers you various exhili...Read more
  4. Svalbard Church

    4.5 (80 Votes)
    Svalbard Church

    Church, Religious Site

    With a history dating back to 1921, the Svalbard Church is the northernmost church in the world and is a lovely little place not only for a memorable prayer. Svalbard Kirke is the only church in Svalbard, but there is a Russian Orthodox Chapel in Barentsburg. In July 1921 the construction of the church started and it was completed within 50 days, consecrated on 24 August 1921. However, when the...Read more
  5. Barentsburg Pomor Museum


    This small museum, though not the most rich, is nevertheless vital for the records it maintains of the Pomors, the people of the White Sea, who some (including this museum) claim were the true first discoverers of Svalbard. In recent years, the museum has been a point of minor conflict between Russia and Norway; the museum was built by Russia, and is still owned by it, on territory that Norway ...Read more
  6. Pyramiden
    In 1998, the last bit of coal was extracted from this eighty year old coal mine town, and the last resident left. For nearly a decade, Pyramiden was a ghost town that no one visited. It is 50km north of Longyearben, and nearly inaccessible. Since 2007, there have been some attempts to turn the town into a tourist attraction. There’s a hilarious angle to this – since the town is exce...Read more
  7. Basecamp Spitsbergen

    4.8 (80 Votes)
    Basecamp Spitsbergen
    Ages ago, brave trappers lived in Svalbard leading a rough life based on hunting and survival. The Trapper’s Station has tried to replicate these very hunting communities. It has attempted to create an ambience which, when the Arctic winds blow, will bring out the trapper within. At this little hotel, you get to experience the life of a trapper, from how it was to live off hunting to what...Read more
  8. Galleri Svalbard

    4.2 (27 Votes)
    Galleri Svalbard

    Art Gallery

    Besides landscapes, wildlife and arctic adventures, great talent for art and crafts exists in Svalbard. To showcase the masterpieces of Norwegian artists the Galleri Svalbard stands proudly holding their works. The Galleri has two main collections – The Svalbard Collection and The Tveter collection. The Svalbard Collection consists of antique books, maps and coupons dating back to the 150...Read more
  9. Karlsberger Pub

    Pubs, Adults

    After a tiring day of thrilling adventures in Svalbard, one does need a place to relax and rewind. The Karls-Berger Pub Cafe is the ideal place to eat, drink, dance and interact. Located in the heart of Longyearbyen, this pub may look like nothing special from outside, but inside it has a cool miner theme going on. The ambience, the decor and the friendly people will ensure that you have a good...Read more
  10. Svalbar

    Bar, Adults

    Few would guess that Svalbard can also offer a high quality of food and drinks. Svalbar removes every doubt from the minds of its visitors concerning the same. The very wonderful Svalbar is a bar that offers the yummiest cocktails in the arctic. Svalbar boasts of being the best bar of the city with its largest collection of beers obtained from well established manufacturers as well as small mic...Read more
  11. Huset

    4.4 (5 Votes)

    Cafe, Restaurant

    With a history dating back to 1951, Huset is a popular cafe, restaurant, wine cellar and conference venue in Svalbard. The exterior of the building may fool you, but in reality, with a rich, warm and cozy ambience, people have described Huset as an oasis in the arctic. The Huset Cafe is a historic establishment that offers yummy daily specials. The Huset restaurant likes to maintain high standa...Read more
  12. Steakers Svalbard As

    4.4 (33 Votes)
    Steakers Svalbard As


    Kroa, better known as Steakers Svalbard is a restaurant which is one of a kind. Set up in 1998, this restaurant has tried to communicate the history of a rough lifestyle that existed in Svalbard. Everything from the food to the decor introduces you to a trapper’s way of life. The Steaker’s Svalbard has some rustic and delectable dishes on its menu. Dedicated chefs and staff are alwa...Read more
  13. Polar Charter
    Boating has a new meaning in Svalbard but with Polar Charter it will become unique. This tour company provides memorable cruises in the lovely Arctic for adventures in the far north. When summer greets Svalbard and the ice on fjords melts, it is the perfect time to go on the ride of your lives on either of the two boats of Polar Charter- M/S Caroline Mathilde or M/S Polar Girl. Polar Charter or...Read more
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