If you want to go to Svalbard, you should come here sometime between late March to late May. You can come later during the summer, until september, but then you'll miss the chance to take a ride across a glacier on a snowmobile.
Here's some more info:
Group of islands between 74° - 81° N and 10° - 35° E.
Approx. 63 000 sq.km.; approx. 60% covered by glacier
Spitsbergen, Nordaustlandet, Barentsøya, Edgeøya and Prins Karls Forland
Longyearbyen (Norwegian administrative centre) approx. 1 500 inhabitants.
Barentsburg (Russian mining community) approx. 900 inhabitants.
Ny-Ålesund (Norw. international research centre) approx. 40-100 inhabitants.
Sveagruva (Norwegian mining community) approx. 210 commuters.
Hornsund (Polish research station) approx. 8 inhabitants.
Norwegian sovereignty, regulated by the Svalbard Treaty of 1920.
By plane from/to Oslo and Tromsø, Norway.
There are no roads connecting the communities on Svalbard.
1194 ”Svalbarði fundinn” noted in Icelandic texts.
1596 Willem Barentsz discovers Svalbard.
1600 – 1750 International whaling activities.
1700 – 1800 Russian all-winter hunting and trapping.
1800 – 1900 Norwegian all-winter hunting and trapping.
1906 John M. Longyear establishes first mine, calling the area Longyear City.
1916 “Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani” takes over the mining activity in Longyearbyen.
1920 The Svalbard Treaty is signed.
1925 Norway is given sovereignty over Svalbard.