Last Updated on November 26, 2022 by Wandering our World

1: It’s Nature At Its Most Extreme & Pure

Svalbard is everything you would imagine the end of the earth to look like.

Dramatic, barren, beautiful, but also delicate. Glacier covered mountains that plunge into icy cold whale-filled Arctic seas, it’s a breath-taking place with incredible scenery.

Booking flights to Svalbard doesn’t just give you an opportunity to visit the Arctic Circle, it gives you the potential to see polar bears and whales, and visit the top of the world where still very few people have been.

Two polar bear cubs are jumping over bits of sea ice and snow in the high arctic region of Svalbard, Norway
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2: To Visit The World’s Most Northerly Town

The capital of Svalbard, Longyearbyen, is the world’s most northerly town, and it’s a friendly, warm (in hospitality that is – not temperature!), and interesting place.

A special settlement, here you can have a beer in the world’s most northerly pub, pray at the world’s most northerly church etc – we think you get the idea…

Row of colourful chalet houses in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, the most northery town in the world. Svalbard is a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole.
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3: To See The Northern Lights

Svalbard is often home to the Northern Lights, and what a sight. Those green waves followed by hues of pink and purple are just what you imagine and more.

Svalbard is one of the best places on the globe to see the world’s and nature’s most stunning light show – just remember to book your flights to Svalbard for during the polar night season when its dark 24/7.

With no sunlight, and constant “night”, when visited Longyearbyen during the polar night season all you have to do is look up. Sometimes very faint, but sometimes it dances across the sky looking like it will never stop. An incredible experience.

The polar arctic Northern lights aurora borealis sky star in Norway Svalbard in Longyearbyen city the moon mountains
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4: For The Food

So “Arctic Circle” and “good food” probably don’t seem like two sets of words that belong together, but Longyearbyen and Svalbard actually have a fantastic set of restaurants.

These restaurants draw on local ingredients like reindeer and have produced some really delicious food – with an Arctic twist – that you’d probably expect to find in London’s Soho rather than Longyearbyen in Svalbard.

We’ve compiled our favorite list of restaurants, and the sort of dishes they do, on a previous post – which you can read by clicking here!

Cute Baby Reindeer
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5: For The Dog Sledding!

Gliding across the ice with a team of eight dogs at top speed, with a light snow shower coming down on us, is one of the top experiences when visiting – and it’s something that should be incentive enough to book your flights to Longyearbyen.