Best time to visit Svalbard

Cycling

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

Cycling in Svalbard - Best Time
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While cycling may appear to be an ordinary and widespread sport, this is not the case in Svalbard. Here, it transforms into an unforgettable experience where fatbikes with 12cm tires can be used both on roads and frozen, snowy ground. The erosion of fragile tundra and new tracks shouldn't scare you, but you need to be prepared for a wide range of road conditions. Outer clothing and good shoes are recommended. You should be ready for physical activity and are responsible for any bicycle damage.

One of the most popular areas for cycling is around Longyearbyen praised for its flora and fauna. You'll be able to take stunning pictures during the five-hour, 25km distance of the trail. Mid-May to the end of August is the ideal time to focus on Svalbard's fantastic birdlife, so don't forget to take binoculars with you as you can use them during the trip.

Generally, you may enjoy both summer and winter cycling. However, the most popular season is June to October. During the snow-free season, you can borrow regular bicycles which are very useful on those long unmounted roads. Riding a bike through lovely areas such as Adventdalen and Bear Valley suddenly becomes much more accessible.

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