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Norway - the ultimate nature-based cruise destination


Photo: Roy Mangersnes

Longyearbyen Cruise Port

Explore the Isfjord & Longyearbyen in the High Arctic wilderness

One of the world’s largest areas of untouched wilderness awaits you in the High Arctic. During the summer Svalbard comes alive with calving glaciers, teeming bird cliffs, unique Polar wildlife and hardy flowers, all set against a backdrop of majestic mountain ranges and endless Arctic tundra. Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world, bids you welcome to these experiences plus so much more. During your call you can enjoy a range of excursions, all including pick-up from the pier. Slow cruising in the magnificent Isfjord is a new option, offering a wide spread of nature, wildlife and cultural heritage sites to visit.


Attractions & Excursions

Hybrid-electric catamaran Bard on the Isfjord
Photo: Elena Khalturina

Hybrid-electric catamaran Bard on the Isfjord

In 2020 the hybrid-electric catamaran, Bard, will sail the Isfjord, replacing the Aurora Explorer which many of you may be familiar with. The destinations, capacity and duration of the tours will be the same, but the ship will be a completely different experience. With panoramic glass windows and seating designed to ensure everyone enjoys the views, we can assure you that passengers will be impressed with the new style.
Svalbard Kirke
Photo Jarle Røssland

Svalbard Kirke

The world's northernmost church, Svalbard Kirke, is located in Skæringa in Longyearbyen. The church is always open, and visitors are welcome to explore the church and connected sitting areas. The church boasts many local artworks and historical items from Longyearbyen.
Svalbard Museum
Photo Jarle Røssland

Svalbard Museum

Svalbard Museum was lauded by the Council of Europe as the European museum of the year in 2008. The museum features a highly comprehensive collection of artefacts covering the 400 years of human activity since the archipelago’s discovery, and a modern display of the area’s flora and fauna. The museum’s gift shop stocks a large selection of Polar and Svalbard related literature.
Hiking to Plateau Mountain
Photo Jarle Røssland

Hiking to Plateau Mountain

This hike starts at the central station of the historical coal transport system in Longyearbyen. During the tour you may see some of Longyearbyen’s colourful flora, Svalbard reindeer and teeming migratory birds
Galleri Svalbard

Galleri Svalbard

Galleri Svalbard showcases works by artists who have been inspired by the light and landscapes of Svalbard. The gallery’s permanent collections house works by the Norwegian painter Kåre Tveter, historical maps, books and local currency in the Svalbard Collection, as well as lithographs from the Recherche expeditions.
Endalen - in the footsteps of the miners
Photo Jarle Røssland

Endalen - in the footsteps of the miners

Your guide will lead the group on an easy walking tour through Endalen, an area rich in mining history. We may spot some of Svalbard’s rare fauna and flora, and biscuits and warm drinks will be served during the walk.

Port Facilities

Open 24 hrs.
ISPS approved Yes
Designated quays for cruise ships Yes
Pilot Yes
Tidal movement Max 2 m
Ship tenders allowed Yes
Ships stay minimum/maximum No limit
Maximum number of ships per day in port No limitations
Maximum number of passengers per day in port 4000
Environmental limitations/restrictions No
Other Different protective regulations for Svalbard

Maximum Ship Dimensions

Length City quay 335 m. Tourist quay 65 m. Old quay 90 m. Coal quay 120 m
Draft City quay: 9 m Tourist quay: 6 m Old quay: 5 m Coal quay: 8 m
Air draft No limit for all
Beam City quay 16 m. Tourist quay 5 m


Available Yes
Pontoons Yes
Tugboat No

Port Services

Bunkers Yes / truck
Supplies Yes
Waste handling Yes
Fresh water Yes
Waste water method Not available
Other Other services: Mooring services
Are the port facilities according to Cruise Norway's quality guidelines? Yes


Port of Longyearbyen

Phone +47 911 22 300
Contact person Harbour Master
Phone +47 91122300
Mailing Address Post Box 350, N – 9171 LONGYEARBYEN
Visiting Address Bykaia, Port of Longyear
Port control
Phone +47 911 22 300
VHF Ch.12
Charts 513, 523, 524
Emergency channel (VHF) VHF channel 12(16)
Medical Emergency Phone 113
Pilot channel (VHF) YES
Distance to nearest pilot station At port 0

Buses Can be ordered
Taxi Can be ordered
Shopping Tent at harbour or town centre, 2 km
Tax refund Taxfree area
Emergency 113
Distances - airport 4 km, Svalbard Airport Longyear
Distance to city centre 2 km

Other useful information:
Free Wi-Fi at Tourist Information in Longyearbyen
Service house with showers, washing machines and toilets
Service house with tourist information, shopping and free WiFi in port when ships call

Visit Svalbard

Mailing Address Visit Svalbard, vei 221.1,Central Longyearbyen
Visiting Address P.O.B. 323, NO-9171 Longyearbyen
Phone +47 79 02 55 50
Contact person Eva Britt Kornfeldt
Phone + 47 909 51 910
E-mail evabritt@visitsvalbard.com
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