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Take an amazing cruise towards the Arctic and head to Longyearbyen with Adventure Life. You'll get many opportunities to see a variety of wildlife including polar bears, reindeer, arctic foxes, walruses, and multiple seal species. Additionally, you'll see a ton of photogenic and truly gorgeous Fjords and glaciers in Longyearbyen. Of course the Northern Lights are a truly amazing sight and Longyearbyen is the perfect place to experience them. There's also plenty of outdoor, sporty activities including skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, and much more! Contact our Arctic travel experts today to get a personalized quote, or to ask any questions about our itineraries. 
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Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the ArcticCustom Label$989512Jul 30, 2024Prepare for this 12-day Arctic expedition cruise aboard Ocean Adventurer in the exploration of Spitsbergen, the wildlife capital of the Arctic. Grab …
Norwegian Fjords & Crossing the Arctic Circle$3399016Aug 4, 2025On this 16-day Norwegian Fjords & Crossing the Arctic Circle from Bergen to Oslo aboard Scenic Eclipse, have the chance to attend engaging lectures …
Spitsbergen Circumnavigation: A Rite of PassageCustom Label$1529514Jun 25, 2025Embark on a 14-day expedition cruise roundtrip to Helsinki aboard the Ultramarine. Explore historic sites, witness iconic wildlife, and enjoy …
Four Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland and IcelandCustom Label$1139518Aug 9, 2024Explore four incredible regions of the Arctic on this 18-day cruise aboard Ocean Adventurer. Discover the world’s largest fjord system, see the …
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Longyearbyen Travel Guide

Best Time to Visit Longyearbyen

The best time to visit Longyearbyen really depends on what you're most excited to do.

Between May and September, during the summer, you'll have the highest chance to see polar bears and other arctic wildlife because this is when the ice begins to melt and ships can begin to access otherwise inaccessible places around Longyearbyen. Additionally, unlike in the winter in Longyearbyen, there will be plenty of light which will assist you greatly when viewing wildlife. During these summer months is also usually considered the best time to try a variety of activities including sledding, skiing, dog sledding, and hiking due to the warmer temperatures and the fact that there will be light.

Between October and February most of the archipelago is frozen over and there is little-to-no light for these months and this is called the Polar Night. This is by far the best time to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) which is a truly life-changing sight. The Polar Night comes to an end towards the middle of February most years, so you'll have the opportunity to do activities during that time. 

Between March and April is a good time to come if you only are interested in experiencing light snow and sporty activities. It's not a peak time for wildlife and the Northern Lights are hard to spot during these months. But during this time of year you'll be able to take in the scenery through a variety of activities with very few crowds and without being too cold.


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