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. Galleri Svalbard

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    If the weather is frosty, head to this popular gallery. One of Norway's most admired artists, Kåre Tveter, donated 40 illustrations to this...Read More

  • 2. North Pole Expedition Museum

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

  • 3. Svalbard Museum

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    This museum portrays Svalbard's 400-year history from discovery of the archipelago onward, including 17th-century whaling, the life of Norwegian...Read More

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