Glacier safari to Tempelfjorden and Tunabreen with Kvitbjorn HGR 156867 1080 Photo Eveline Lunde


Polar summer: 10 reasons to go

Svalbard is a unique and stunning destination to visit during the summer months. With continuous daylight, arctic wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and endless outdoor activities, Svalbard offers visitors a wealth of experiences and sights to discover. Here are ten reasons why you should consider visiting Svalbard during the summer:

1. Midnight Sun

During the summer, Svalbard experiences continuous daylight, with the sun never setting below the horizon. This means you can explore the stunning landscape at any time of day or night, allowing for unique and memorable experiences.

2. Wildlife

Svalbard is home to a wealth of arctic wildlife, including polar bears, arctic foxes, reindeer, and whales. Summer is a great time to see many of these animals in their natural habitat, as the sea ice retreats, and the wildlife returns to the land. A boat tour is highly reccomended and this is where we in most cases can experience this uniqe wildlife.

3. Hiking

Svalbard offers a range of hiking opportunities, from gentle strolls to challenging mountain climbs, all surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The summer months are the perfect time to explore the rugged landscapes and witness the unique flora and fauna of the region. You can read more about our different hiking tours here.

4. Boat Tours

Take a 3 or 4 day boat tour with MS Nordstjernen and get up close to glaciers, icebergs, and wildlife. If you want to stay in Longyearbyen and explore the sea for just one day, we reccomend a day trip with MS Bard, Kvitbjørn or a Polar Circle boat. You can read more about our differen boat tours here.

5. Bird Watching

Svalbard is a haven for birdwatchers, with a variety of species to observe during the summer months. The archipelago is home to several seabird colonies, including the common eider, Arctic tern, and the puffin. During the summer you can experience this birdlife in Longyearbyen, or you can take a boat tour to experience the bird cliffs.

6. Cultural Experiences

Discover the unique history and culture of Svalbard, including the coal-mining heritage. The archipelago has a rich cultural heritage and a unique history that is well worth exploring. We recommend a visit to the museum or a guided tour in Mine number 3.

7. Local Cuisine

Svalbard's location and unique environment make for a diverse and fascinating culinary experience. From fresh seafood to locally sourced reindeer, visitors can taste the flavors of the Arctic during their stay.
We highly reccomend dining at Huset Restaurant. The food in the restaurant is characterized by Nordic techniques and tasting combinations, with ingredients coming mainly from Svalbard and the arctic region.

8. Photography

Svalbard offers endless opportunities for stunning photographs, with its rugged landscapes, unique wildlife, and colorful skies. The summer months offer extended daylight hours and the chance to capture the beauty of the region in all its glory.

9. Dog sledding og puppies

Though often associated with winter, dog sledding is also an exciting summer activity in Svalbard. Dog sledding on wheels provides a thrilling and unique way to explore the landscape.

At the dog yard, Green Dog they often have puppies and cuddels is included for everyone who goes on a tour. Cuddling with puppies is an unforgettable experience. The furry little bundles of joy are sure to bring smiles and laughter to all who visit.

10. Arctic Flowers

Summer is the perfect time to witness the explosion of colorful Arctic flowers that cover the archipelago's tundra. The unique flora of Svalbard is a must-see for nature enthusiasts.

In conclusion, Svalbard is a destination unlike any other, offering visitors a chance to witness the beauty of the Arctic and its unique wildlife. With endless outdoor activities, breathtaking scenery, and a rich cultural heritage, Svalbard is the perfect destination for those looking for a unique and unforgettable summer adventure.

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