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Longyearbyen is situated on Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. A captivating port of call, Longyearbyen boasts a magnificent backdrop of mountain ranges, sparkling blue waters and animals - such as reindeer and polar bears – can often be seen gracing the land. Popular attractions in Longyearbyen include the 'Spitsbergen Airship Museum' which houses artefacts revealing the history of Norwegian aircraft and the 'Svalbard Gallery' featuring works by popular artists in the region. From trekking to the 'Esmarkbreen Glacier', skiing, snowmobiling, kayaking, dog sledding to tours of a local coal mine – activities abound in Longyearbyen.
If you want to shop at this port of call then a popular place to do so is in the 'Lompensenteret shopping centre' – situated close to the port. Most of the shops in Longyearbyen sell expedition equipment, travel souvenirs, clothes and handicrafts. Fossils and local handicrafts are the popular souvenir choices here.
The local currency in Longyearbyen is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Longyearbyen Is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1).
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