Best time to visit Svalbard

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Best time of year to visit Svalbard

Being one of the world's northernmost populated areas, Svalbard archipelago is extremely cold during winter. Naturally, warmer time of the year from May to early September is the best time to visit Svalbard and enjoy its beautiful glaciers, bizarre tundra landscapes, and cruise across the icy waters. Only between June and late August you can kayak past glaciers and observe polar bears—this is an experience to remember. Camping near Longyearbyen airport under the midnight sun is another unique activity available at this time. Also, stop by Alkefjellet to witness Brunnich's Guillemot bird bazaar all over the cliffs. During long and dark winter from October to February marvel at the Northern Lights and go snowmobiling and dog sledding.

12 THINGS TO DO IN SVALBARD (MAY 14 - MAY 23)

Pyramiden, a Soviet-Era Ghost Town

Pyramiden, a Soviet-Era Ghost Town

mid-May–September • activity

Life in Pyramiden seems to be frozen since the collapse of the Soviet Union. But when you'll get there, you'll find out, Lenin is still watching you

Polar Bear Watching

Polar Bear Watching

May–August • activity

Witness magnificent polar bears in their natural environment

Ice Caving

Ice Caving

November–May • activity

The majestic ancient ice formations of Svalbard are mind-blowing. Have you ever wondered what they look like from the inside?

Whaling Season

Whaling Season

April–August • food

For centuries, Europeans have harvested whales for their fat and baleen

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling

November–late May • activity

It's impossible to avoid snowmobiling while you are in Svalbard

Polar Cruise

Polar Cruise

May–early September • activity

Explore the heart of the northern glaciers by polar cruises that will take you to remote corners of the archipelago

Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding

November–mid-May • activity

Northern lights, variable weather, moonlight, sunshine or a sky full of stars—this is what the Arctic can offer you on a dog sledding adventure

Brunnich's Guillemot Bird Bazaar

Brunnich's Guillemot Bird Bazaar

mid-May–September • nature

When noisy colonies invade Spitsbergen cliffs, the entire archipelago drowns in "arrr" symphony

Abandoned Coal Mines

Abandoned Coal Mines

March–September • activity

Although most of Svalbard's coal mining sites are now abandoned, they still hold a particular atmosphere

Reindeer

Reindeer

May–August • nature

Meet Santa's furry helpers on the pastures of Svalbard

Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun

late April–late August • nature

Few things in the world can match the feeling of sunlight warming your face in the middle of the night.

Barentsburg

Barentsburg

mid-May–early October • activity

Although the time machine hasn't been invented yet, Barentsburg may become a place where you'll travel back in time to the USSR

9 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

out of rangelate May–early August • nature

Cute Arctic Puffins distinguished by beautiful beaks nest in colonies along the Northern islands of Norway

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

out of rangeSeptember–late March • nature

Nothing compares to an aurora borealis vacation in Svalbard

North Pole Marathon

North Pole Marathon

out of rangeApril 13, 2021 • event

World's coolest marathon

Kayaking by Glaciers

Kayaking by Glaciers

out of rangeJune–August • activity

Rowing among icy cold waters, snowy landscapes, and white bears

Longyearbyen Camping

Longyearbyen Camping

out of rangeJune–August  • activity

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have a nap under the midnight sun instead of a starry sky?

Ice-Cold Swimming

Ice-Cold Swimming

out of rangeJune–early September • activity

You'll never know how your body is going to respond to this kind of stress

Polar Night

Polar Night

out of rangeNovember–February • nature

There is a vast number of things to see and do during this unique phenomena, just remember the further north you go, the darker and longer the Polar Nights become

Cycling

Cycling

out of rangeJune–October  • activity

Enjoy Arctic landscapes while cycling on the paved and unpaved roads of a polar archipelago

Postkassen on Platåfjellet

Postkassen on Platåfjellet

out of rangeJune–August • activity

This mailbox is located in one of the most scenic locations of the world, on the way to the summit of Platåfjellet mountain

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