1050 kilometers away from the North Pole – at Longyearbyen, in Norway
The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes sight-seeing.– Daniel J. Boorstin
Longyearbyen is the northernmost year-round settlement on Earth
Longyearbyen is not only the northernmost city in the world. But it also harbors the northernmost gourmet restaurant, Post Office, museum, church and even commercial airport. The city is permanent home for just over 2100 souls and has a great atmosphere with its lovely and colorful wooden built houses.
Great many activities await all visitors. Including boat trips, skiing (off course), snowmobile ride, dog sledging, spectacular sightseeing trips, and an impressive range of local adventures to choose from. Nevertheless, all these amazing activities will help you to get a better insight of Arctic living while you have a great time.
Our personal advise for visitors though. Make sure to pick the right time of the year for your trip. Because you don’t want to get stuck there for 2 or 3 weeks with no sunlight at all. The Northern lights will only make up for the lack of sun for so long …
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Photo credit: Antal Ujvari