Longyearbyen Cruises

Colourful houses and mountains in background, Svalbard
Colourful houses and mountains in background, Svalbard

Situated at 78° north, deep within the Arctic Circle, Longyearbyen is widely regarded as the world's northernmost town. It is also the largest settlement in Svalbard, located amongst incredible Norwegian Arctic wilderness on the archipelago's largest island, Spitsbergen. 

Set at the end of the Advent Fjord, and framed by flat-topped, snow-covered peaks, Longyearbyen is home to some 2000 inhabitants, several reindeer and the odd polar bear.[ReadMoreMob] The town Longyearbyen was only established as a permanent settlement in 1906 to exploit local coal reserves, and is named after American mining specialist, John M. Longyear.

Only one mine remains working, but Mine 3, which was turned into a living museum in 1996 on its closure, can still be visited. The museum guides are all former miners who give first-hand accounts about life underground. The Svalbard Museum also provides insights into the life of miners, and the other local industry, whaling. The 24-hour sundial reminds visitors that the sun doesn’t set for months during summer, and the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, which has exhibits from the era of polar exploration, is worth discovery.

Cruises to Longyearbyen

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Exploring the Arctic • T2316

 Newcastle
Bolette
Thu 01 Jun 2023
23 nights
  • Off the beaten track, discover remote destinations in Arctic Norway
  • Explore isolated Spitsbergen and sample Arctic life
  • Seek out marine wildlife with ORCA conservationists 
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Rugged & Remote Spitsbergen with the Midnight Sun • L2317

 Rosyth (Edinburgh)
Balmoral
Wed 19 Jul 2023
15 nights
  • Experience a taste of past and present life
  • Spot whales with the on board ORCA team
  • Witness the midnight sun within the Arctic Circle