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Difficult choise, you may not be able to do everything you want...
Check out Svalbard.net and pick a selection of activities that go well together timewise and otherwise, book and pay online. That eases your life once in Longyearbyen, you do not need to waste time rushing around organising.

If you are a first-timer on Svalbard, I will recommend to take the scheduled maxi-taxi-sightseeing around lunch time every day, after you have first visited the official tourist info office and the Svalbard Museum at the university centre in the morning.

Stroll the main pedestrian street of Longyearbyen on a busy Saturday, see the hardy locals in t-shirts, arctic-dressed tourists and students with shouldered rifles. Odd place, this... A bit up from the town centre is Gallery Svalbard, an artist centre for Svalbard resident artists and visitors preoccupied with an artistic preoccupation with the Svalbard arctic light.

Take a tour to Mine # 7, which is the better of the two mine tour options. No 3 is a museum mine while #7 is in operation.

Fit in a tour to an ice grotto on Longyear glacier, very interesting and exciting. In my opinion one of the best-value things you can do.

If during summer, go on an Isfjorden day/half day cruise tour taking in Fuglefjella, Coles Bay, Grumant, Barentsburg Russian mining community, Isfjord Radio, Esmarkbreen glacier etc., depending on your purse, time and interest. The tours vary a bit. You can also hike, learn about dogs and go dog-carting, horse riding, fossil hunting and go kayaking.

In winter, join a snowmobile tour to more remote places of Isfjorden and the East Coast, or stay more environment friendly with dog sledding. You can do weekend trips both by dog sledge and snowmobile. As a newcomer to the arctic, the organised night excursions to "eat out" in a remote location in Adventsdalen, travelling by belted weasels og dog sledges and see and feel the big sky and hear stories of trappers and explorers of the arctic, encounters with polar bears etc. If you are familiar with the arctic, skip this.

Eat well, and celebrate in Longyearbyen. My favourites are Huset and Kroa. The newcomer Svalbar has no style apart from international slick, but good food. For the odd and the curious and more international food, Mary Ann's Polarriggen's Vinterhagen. The dark and brown Karls-Berger Pub has an incredible array of whiskys and cognacs, not to speak about beers. Most places are on the informal side, quite utilitarian as is most of Longyearbyen. The tax-free status of Svalbards ensures cheaper drinks and food, however, Svalbard is still expensive.

Website: http://www.svalbard.net

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  • Written Jun 25, 2008
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