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About Longyearbyen

Surrounded by dark, rugged mountains and built on the permafrost of the tundra, Longyearbyen gives you a true taste of life inside the Arctic Circle. It's generally snow-free in summer so exploring on foot is a breeze, but wrap up warm as the average temperature is between 4-6°C. The abandoned mines on the hillsides provide a clue to the town's history, but the Svalbard Museum tells the whole story with fascinating displays. Culture lovers will enjoy the Svalbard Gallery, with its local artworks and crafts.


Two landmarks worth a visit are the world's most northerly church and the 24-hour sundial - the sun doesn't set here from April to August. Foodies will find several cafés and restaurants serving local fare, such as seal and whale. There are plenty of shops for those seeking souvenirs. And as you stroll, look out for local quirks - roads with numbers instead of names, and reindeer wandering along the streets.


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