Longyearbyen, Svalbard

In 1906 John M. Longyear established the first coal mine and named the area Longyear City. Now called Longyearbyen, Svalbard's capital has a population of 2,150. With a local economy fueled by oil drilling, the town has some good accommodations and restaurants. Svalbardporten, the Gateway to Svalbard, is where you'll find a museum, the area's tourist office, research facilities, and more.

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  • 1. North Pole Expedition Museum


    This museum presents the history of expeditions to the North Pole that started from Svalbard, namely the story of three airships: America ...Read More

  • 2. Svalbard Kirke

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In addition to being used for services, the only church on Svalbard also serves as a cozy place to relax with a cup of coffee or tea at any...Read More

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