Longyerbyen - Svalbard, Norway

Longyearbyen, the largest community on Svalbard, has a population of about 1100 people and about as many snowmobiles. It is located in the Advent fjord at the entrance of the Advent valley, half way along the south side of the huge Isfjorden, on the west coast of Spitsbergen. The former coal-mining settlement is now the biggest scientific research center in the High Arctic, with more than 100 scientists arriving each summer. Arctic terns nest throughout the scattered settlement, and barnacle geese, long-tailed ducks, and red phalaropes choose this as their breeding ground. In the centre of town you'll find the post office, bank, conference rooms, travel agencies, public library, cafes/restaurants, miners' bath, hospital, tourist information, supermarket, general stores, and the world's northernmost newspaper, Svalbardposten. It attracts visitors and cruise ships with its Svalbard Museum, Gallery, the friendliness of the people, the port and the airport but mostly with the dramatic scenery that surrounds it. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.