The arctic adventure continues! On our second to last day in Longyearbyen we were supposed to go on a snowcat adventure to an ice cave somewhere in the area. Unfortunately, the excursion was cancelled. As it turns out, there was not enough snow for the snowcat to ride on and get to the ice cave. It was such a bummer! But, I made the best of the time that was freed up because of this.

I decided to go to the museum and have a wander around the water front…well, ice front, as everything was still frozen over. It was blooming cold, as it had been all week. But, it was nice to get around town a bit, do some souvenir shopping (there wasn’t much), get some lunch and do some much appreciated relaxing. The town was basically just a few streets so it really didn’t take that long. This was fine by me, I didn’t come to Svalbard for city life, anyway!

These photos were taken around noon. This time of the month (early February) is known for its ‘blue hour’. It gives such a magical, off wordly beautiful vibe. And I was there, woah!

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21 thoughts on “Longyearbyen

    1. Thanks! It was incredible for sure! I don’t particularly like that kind of cold (or do well in it, haha) but I wouldn’t have wanted to miss any of it for the world!

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  1. Oh I am green with envy that you were there in the blue hour. I was in Iceland one year and definitely can relate to this subtle blue colour! It was so very unique and different for me coming from Australia. I do like the cold, but I imagine that I would feel this cold right through to the bones. How come you wnated to go to Longyearbyen in winter? I thought only crazy Australians might want to do that?

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    1. It was incredibly beautiful! I’ve fully accepted my love for Scandinavia. I’ve wanted to do a northern lights tour in forever! I started looking around for options and this tour caught my eye. Maybe it’s because people usually go to Iceland and FInland (I would too!) and I wanted something different, something that felt more desolate or extreme? I was looking for a unique experience and surely got it! It was cold to the bones for sure. Like knives. It was around -22C with a feel temperature of around -30C! Blooming cold! But so worth the adventure!


      1. Like knives? Wow. I have been trying to imagine -30 but am having trouble remembering -20 in Iceland. The persistent memory is that of pain in my extremities- ears and fingertips. Did you see the Northern lights?

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        1. Yeah pretty much like knives. A very sharp pain. Only my extremities, the rest was super comfortably warm. My toes and fingers had it tough when exposed to the cold.
          Oh, yes, I definitely saw the lights! It iswas a northern lights tour and I was so happy when we actually saw them. So giddy! Just check back a few posts, where I have shared some images.

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          1. You did see the lights! Excellent. Lucky you! It was cloudy in Iceland when I was there – so only saw a little bit of greenish glow. I will check back a few posts, San. =

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