Longyearbyen town on Svalbard

A Tour of Longyearbyen

Up here in the High Arctic, the 2,300 residents of Longyearbyen share their home with polar bears and go without sunlight for five months of the year. I'm just back from five days in Longyearbyen, the...
The spectacular setting of Funken Lodge in Longyearbyen

Funken Lodge, Longyearbyen

A comfortable accommodation choice with a touch of luxury in the world's northernmost town. When staying in Svalbard, comfortable accommodation is a must. Temperatures outside the summer season can be bitterly cold and after a day...
Shipwrecks in Svalbard, Norway

Finding the Shipwrecks of Svalbard

New technology should help to find the expected 1,000 shipwrecks in the waters around Svalbard. An estimated three million shipwrecks lie in seabed graveyards around the world – with as many as 1000 of them around...
Snowmobiles are a vital mode of transport on Svalbard

Svalbard Airport Loses International Status

Longyearbyen Airport will no longer accept international flights. Norway's Civil Aviation Authority reports that from October 2017, international arrivals will no longer be permitted at Longyearbyen Airport on Svalbard. According to the authority, the airport is...
Benjamin Vidmar

Growing Food on Svalbard

Svalbard resident Ben Vidmar answers questions about living on Svalbard and his permaculture-based food production business. Benjamin Vidmar has lived and worked on Norway's Arctic archipelago for ten years. Here he answers our questions about everyday living on...
Houses in Longyearbyen

Living on Svalbard

Moving to Svalbard is an enticing thought for many, but the reality can be a real challenge. Over the last few years I've had a couple of readers contact me about moving to Svalbard. While I have...
Aurora borealis above a frozen landscape

Incredible Photos from Svalbard

The Arctic archipelago 2,000km north of Oslo is home to the northernmost permanently inhabited settlements in the world. Svalbard is a true bucket list destination, even for Norwegians. The vast majority of Norwegians I know haven't...
Svalbard seed vault

The Doomsday Vaults of Svalbard

A worldwide insurance policy for humanity is buried in Arctic Norway. Deep inside the remote Platåberget mountain on the Svalbard archipelago lies the Global Seed Vault. The impressive facility is a fail-safe seed storage centre, built to...
Snowmobiles are a vital mode of transport on Svalbard

Five Novels Inspired By Svalbard

Add a little chill to your bookshelf… My bucket list of places I want to see while I'm living in Norway seems to go on forever. But having recently ticked off Lofoten, Svalbard is the one that...
An iceberg in Svalbard

My First Trip to Svalbard

A British TV producer travels to the High North for the first time. Not being the adventurous sort a trip to The Arctic was never top of my list of things to do. There would always...