Lisa svalbardeventyr landscape nordstjernen fotograf Anne Maanum


A little Svalbard adventure

The need for a change of scenery and a new adventure - that’s what made Lisa Djønne from Geilo quit her job and move to Longyearbyen in 2016. She hasn’t looked back since, and highlights mastering the Svalbard wilderness as one of the best parts of living here.


  • Tour planning reached new heights after I arrived on Svalbard! You have to take so many more things into consideration when you are heading out on an adventure, but at the same time, I have been much more active here, since we have so many fantastic wilderness experiences right outside our door.

The 32-year-old explains that ski trips, cabin visits, snowmobile and tenting tour have filled her time, and that she has felt pushed to keep learning something new.

  • I feel like I have really been out of my comfort zone a lot since I moved up, but I have also gained an enormous sense of accomplishment from all the new things I have done.

Living on Svalbard is exotic, and Lisa has had a lot of visitors, particularly her mother who is a big fan of Svalbard.

  • Longyearbyen is a special place, and you always want to come back. When I have visitors I to take them along on trips I would take myself. To show them my Svalbard.

With its distinctive seasons and great changes throughout the year, Svalbard is an exciting place to be both summer and winter, but one season has definitely become Lisa’s favourite.

  • The light winter! When the sun comes back in February - March. When the sky is blue, purple, pink and white, it looks nearly surreal, it is just so beautiful!

  • Throughout the year, I try to be outdoors as much as possible. One of the most amazing tours I have been on was to Wijdefjorden, in the north of Spitsbergen. The sun was shining, we visited an ice cave, and enjoyed the simple life, far from any other people. Here in Longyearbyen I enjoy hikes up to Sukkertoppen, to Varden or Trollsteinen. These mountains are close to town, but offer amazing views. Or maybe a snowmobile tour to Lusitaniafjellet, where you have views towards Mine 7, Billefjord and Fredheim. That is an amazing trip.

What do you always have with you on every trip?

  • An avalanche beacon! Luckily I have never had to use it, but I have made it a habit to always bring it along. You never know when the conditions might change, and on Svalbard it can happen very quickly, so it is better to be on the safe side. A thermos of coffee is also must - but that gets used, every time!
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