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Longyearbyen
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Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen is the largest settlement on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard and Jan Mayen in the Arctic Ocean. It is located on the western coast of the island of Spitsbergen and is the northernmost settlement in the world with a population of over 2000 people.

Longyearbyen was founded in 1906 by John Munroe Longyear, an American entrepreneur who set up a coal mining operation in the area. It was the first permanent settlement on Svalbard, and the town quickly grew to become a major hub for the coal mining industry in the region.

Longyearbyen is located in a unique environment, surrounded by mountains and glaciers, and is one of the northernmost settlements in the world. It is located just 1,300 km from the North Pole, and the climate is extremely cold and harsh, with average temperatures in the summer months rarely exceeding 0°C.

Longyearbyen has a rich history, and was the site of a major battle during World War II in 1941. The Battle of Longyearbyen saw German troops take control of the town, and it was the only battle to take place on Norwegian soil during the war.

Today, Longyearbyen is a popular tourist destination, with a range of activities on offer including skiing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling. It is also home to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which was established in 2008 to protect the world’s crop diversity in the event of a global disaster.

Excursion tips for a day in Longyearbyen

As a tourist in Longyearbyen in Svalbard and Jan Mayen, there are many exciting activities to enjoy on a single day. Here are some of the best things to do:

1. Take a guided tour of the Svalbard Museum to learn about the history and culture of the area.
2. Visit the North Pole Observatory for a unique view of the Arctic landscape.
3. Go dog sledding or snowmobiling for an unforgettable adventure.
4. Explore the nearby glaciers and fjords on a boat tour.
5. Enjoy the unique wildlife of the area on a bird-watching or whale-watching expedition.
6. Visit the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to learn about the important work of preserving plant species.
7. Try your hand at ice fishing for a chance to catch some Arctic char.
8. Go on a snowshoeing or hiking tour to take in the beauty of the area.
9. Spend the evening at a local restaurant or bar to sample the local cuisine and drinks.
10. Take a stroll around the town to explore the unique architecture and shops.

Experience Longyearbyen with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Longyearbyen. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Longyearbyen

Longyearbyen in Svalbard and Jan Mayen experiences a cold and dry climate throughout the year. During the winter months, temperatures range from -25°C to -4°C, with the coldest temperatures occurring in January and February. During the summer months, temperatures range from 0°C to 10°C, with the warmest temperatures occurring in June and July. Precipitation is low, with an average of around 11 inches of snow per year. The sun is visible for around four hours a day in the winter and up to twenty hours a day in the summer.

Cruise weather for Longyearbyen

Our weather forecast for Longyearbyen helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 9.2 °C
min: 4 °C
22.3 m/s
10.1 m/s
6.3 %
22.3 m
65.2 %
1,018 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 9.6 °C
min: 7.3 °C
7.6 m/s
9.4 m/s
1.6 %
24.1 m
57.0 %
1,018 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 8.9 °C
min: 5.7 °C
13.0 m/s
16.9 m/s
47.9 %
24.1 m
65.6 %
1,017 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 6.6 °C
min: 4.5 °C
9.0 m/s
11.2 m/s
90.1 %
24.1 m
80.5 %
1,015 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 8.5 °C
min: 6.3 °C
8.3 m/s
11.9 m/s
79.3 %
24.1 m
75.4 %
1,016 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 10.6 °C
min: 7.9 °C
6.1 m/s
11.5 m/s
97.7 %
16.4 m
84.5 %
1,015 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 13.4 °C
min: 7.9 °C
15.1 m/s
18.7 m/s
77.6 %
15.3 m
82.0 %
1,011 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 11.9 °C
min: 6.2 °C
22.3 m/s
26.6 m/s
92.0 %
14.5 m
87.3 %
1,012 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 8.7 °C
min: 6.2 °C
18.0 m/s
21.6 m/s
55.2 %
16.4 m
79.8 %
1,020 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 11.2 °C
min: 7.7 °C
7.9 m/s
9.0 m/s
95.2 %
22.3 m
69.6 %
1,020 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 11.2 °C
min: 9.9 °C
6.2 m/s
6.7 m/s
81.9 %
19.2 m
72.6 %
1,019 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 12.8 °C
min: 9.9 °C
3.2 m/s
4.0 m/s
63.3 %
13.3 m
75.7 %
1,020 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 12.6 °C
min: 9.2 °C
6.5 m/s
5.0 m/s
39.6 %
13.3 m
78.3 %
1,020 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 8.6 °C
min: 7 °C
5.8 m/s
4.3 m/s
75.7 %
16.6 m
86.6 %
1,019 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 8.0 °C
min: 6.8 °C
9.4 m/s
13.0 m/s
82.1 %
22.7 m
84.4 %
1,016 hPa
00:00:00
00:00:00

Cruises to Longyearbyen

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Scheduled ship calls in Longyearbyen, Norway
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Jul. 18th 2024 Thursday, 18th of Jul. 2024 AIDAluna 10:00 am 12:00 am
Jul. 18th 2024 Thursday, 18th of Jul. 2024 HANSEATIC nature 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jul. 19th 2024 Friday, 19th of Jul. 2024 AIDAluna 12:00 am 01:00 pm
Jul. 21st 2024 Sunday, 21st of Jul. 2024 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jul. 22nd 2024 Monday, 22nd of Jul. 2024 MS Hamburg 06:00 pm 12:00 am
Jul. 23rd 2024 Tuesday, 23rd of Jul. 2024 LE LYRIAL 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Jul. 23rd 2024 Tuesday, 23rd of Jul. 2024 MS Hamburg 12:00 am 02:00 pm
Jul. 23rd 2024 Tuesday, 23rd of Jul. 2024 Scenic Eclipse 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jul. 26th 2024 Friday, 26th of Jul. 2024 LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Jul. 28th 2024 Sunday, 28th of Jul. 2024 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jul. 30th 2024 Tuesday, 30th of Jul. 2024 LE LYRIAL 08:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 1st 2024 Thursday, 1st of Aug. 2024 Mein Schiff 7 08:00 am 07:00 pm
Aug. 2nd 2024 Friday, 2nd of Aug. 2024 AIDAluna 10:00 am 08:00 pm DetailsPartnerlink
Aug. 7th 2024 Wednesday, 7th of Aug. 2024 MS Marina 08:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 8th 2024 Thursday, 8th of Aug. 2024 MS Marina 12:00 am 02:00 am
Aug. 10th 2024 Saturday, 10th of Aug. 2024 MSC Preziosa 08:00 am 10:00 pm
Aug. 11th 2024 Sunday, 11th of Aug. 2024 HANSEATIC inspiration 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 26th 2024 Thursday, 26th of Sep. 2024 LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Oct. 24th 2024 Thursday, 24th of Oct. 2024 LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 17th 2025 Saturday, 17th of May 2025 AIDAluna 10:00 am 08:00 pm DetailsPartnerlink
May 30th 2025 Friday, 30th of May 2025 Seabourn Venture 07:00 am 05:00 pm
May 31st 2025 Saturday, 31st of May 2025 Norwegian Star 08:00 am 12:00 am
Jun. 1st 2025 Sunday, 1st of Jun. 2025 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 01:00 am
Jun. 2nd 2025 Monday, 2nd of Jun. 2025 AIDAluna 03:00 pm 12:00 am DetailsPartnerlink
Jun. 3rd 2025 Tuesday, 3rd of Jun. 2025 AIDAluna 12:00 am 08:00 pm DetailsPartnerlink
Jun. 7th 2025 Saturday, 7th of Jun. 2025 LE LYRIAL 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Jun. 7th 2025 Saturday, 7th of Jun. 2025 Seabourn Venture 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Jun. 12th 2025 Thursday, 12th of Jun. 2025 Silver Endeavour 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Jun. 14th 2025 Saturday, 14th of Jun. 2025 LE LYRIAL 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jun. 15th 2025 Sunday, 15th of Jun. 2025 LE BOREAL 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Jun. 15th 2025 Sunday, 15th of Jun. 2025 Norwegian Star 09:30 am 12:00 am
Jun. 16th 2025 Monday, 16th of Jun. 2025 Norwegian Star 12:00 am 01:00 am
Jun. 19th 2025 Thursday, 19th of Jun. 2025 Silver Endeavour 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Jun. 21st 2025 Saturday, 21st of Jun. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jun. 21st 2025 Saturday, 21st of Jun. 2025 LE LYRIAL 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jun. 21st 2025 Saturday, 21st of Jun. 2025 Mein Schiff 7 09:00 am 09:00 pm
Jun. 22nd 2025 Sunday, 22nd of Jun. 2025 LE BOREAL 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jun. 23rd 2025 Monday, 23rd of Jun. 2025 AIDAluna 10:00 am 12:00 am DetailsPartnerlink
Jun. 23rd 2025 Monday, 23rd of Jun. 2025 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jun. 24th 2025 Tuesday, 24th of Jun. 2025 AIDAluna 12:00 am 01:00 pm DetailsPartnerlink
Jun. 26th 2025 Thursday, 26th of Jun. 2025 MSC Preziosa 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Jun. 26th 2025 Thursday, 26th of Jun. 2025 Silver Endeavour 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Jun. 28th 2025 Saturday, 28th of Jun. 2025 LE LYRIAL 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jun. 29th 2025 Sunday, 29th of Jun. 2025 LE BOREAL 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jun. 30th 2025 Monday, 30th of Jun. 2025 SH Vega 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jul. 5th 2025 Saturday, 5th of Jul. 2025 LE LYRIAL 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jul. 6th 2025 Sunday, 6th of Jul. 2025 HANSEATIC nature 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Jul. 6th 2025 Sunday, 6th of Jul. 2025 LE BOREAL 08:00 am 06:00 pm
Jul. 7th 2025 Monday, 7th of Jul. 2025 LE COMMANDANT CHARCOT 07:00 am 12:00 am
Jul. 11th 2025 Friday, 11th of Jul. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am

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Maritime AIS Data Longyearbyen

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Kongsfjord in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 123,13 km
Fourteenth of July Glacier in Svalbard and Jan Mayen 126,10 km
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