Longyearbyen

The atmospheric Ciudad Vieja
Abandoned coal mines and polar bears
The Svalbard museum

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Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen

A remote, welcoming village

The Svalbard islands form the most remote province of northern Europe. Arriving in Longyearbyen on an MSC cruise therefore means reaching the northernmost municipality in the world.

Small but vital, the town offers interesting collections of old maps and books on the Svalbard in the town gallery, as well as slides by photographer - composer Thomas Widerberg and a display of paintings by Kåre Tveter. Longyearbyen was founded for extraction purposes due to the abundance of coal, so one often comes across abandoned coal mines.

The pylons that support the funicular are also vestiges and part of the local culture that still highlight the local coal extraction methods. The Svalbard museum offers insight into this activity, as well as hosting examples of local flora and fauna and illustrating the hunting methods used in the islands, where man had to compete with polar bears, the king of these lands and still present in the wild (all excursions in the wild are tackled following the local safety indications).

A curious feature of this remote locality is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, an underground, anti-nuclear vault where all known and classified seeds are preserved. In Longyearbyen there are plenty of places where you can enjoy a relaxing beverage, but if you’re looking for something unique we advise you eat in one of the hunting lodges. You will only have the embarrassment of the choice of possible excursions.

You can go looking for marine birds, wander about the fjords on a kayak looking for seals, or even take a ride on a dog sleigh, either on the snow or on wheels. Some routes instead lead you to the peak of Mount Sarkofagen, from where you can enjoy a staggering view of Longyearbyen and its fjord.

Must see places in Longyearbyen

  • Wild Nature

    Wild Nature

  • Typical architecture in Svalbard

    Typical architecture in Svalbard

  • Sarkofagen Mountain

    Sarkofagen Mountain

Discover our excursions

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  • A PANT IN THE COUNTRY: THE AMAZING DOG-SLED TOUR

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    LYR05

    Keen as mustard, raring to go and sure-footed in traversing the terrain – and that’s just the handlers. Wait until you see the wagging tails and wet noses of the dogs that will take you on the sleigh ride of your life. Who needs Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, V
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$195.00Price per person

    • Children$195.00Price per person

  • BECOME A FOSSIL HUNTER ON SARKOFAGEN MOUNTAIN

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    LYR04

    After leaving your ship to reach Nybyen – the part of Longyearbyen that began life as a settlement for miners working in the “Santa Claus Mine” – your hiking trip through the Arctic terrain up Mount Sarkofagen will begin. As you explore the wonderful land
    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$115.00Price per person

    • Children$115.00Price per person

  • Longyearbyen by Bike

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    LYRBKT

    Longyearbyen by Bike
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      2:30 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • ChildrenNot available

  • TREK TO THE MOUNTAIN TOP

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    LYR03

    Crisp Norwegian air, snow-capped peaks, plus a hike up to 327 metres above sea level are the main components of this enjoyable outdoor excursion. Make the journey your destination and give yourself half a day off the ship on a tour that teams a little inv
    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$109.00Price per person

    • Children$109.00Price per person

  • ARCTIC ADVENTURE: BOAT TRIP TO FUGLEFJELLA

    NATURAL WONDERS

    LYR08

    Don’t leave Longyearbyen without experiencing the exhilarating thrill of sailing through the waters of the Arctic circle in a large purpose-built speedboat on a route that will take you through the Bjørndalen valley to Fuglefjella – or Bird Mountain – to
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults$195.00Price per person

    • Children$195.00Price per person

  • LIFE ON THE ARCTIC EDGE: HIGHLIGHTS OF LONGYEARBYEN

    NATURAL WONDERS

    LYR02

    As the capital of Svalbard – the Arctic Archipelago midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole –Longyearbyen is the region’s principal city. In addition, if it struck you that the town has a very English-sounding name, you’d be right – almost, anyw
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$125.00Price per person

    • Children$89.00Price per person

  • SHORT-BUT-SWEET: SIGHTSEEING IN LONGYEARBYEN

    SCENIC ROUTE

    LYR06

    Designed to give you a quick taste of Longyearbyen’s main historical and cultural highlights as well as a look at the fascinating world of husky farming, this 2-hour tour begins with a visit to Svalbard Church, the world’s most northerly place of Christia
    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults$92.00Price per person

    • Children$69.00Price per person

  • THE CALL OF THE WILD: A VISIT TO CAMP BARENTZ

    SOMETHING SPECIAL

    LYR07

    Beginning with a short coach drive out of Longyearbyen through the scenic Adventdalen valley, this tour gives you a chance to get away from it all for a few hours and learn a little about Longyearbyen’s exciting past at Camp Barentz, Arctic wilderness and
    • Snack included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      2 h

    • Adults$109.00Price per person

    • Children$75.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

 

Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Norway

The magic of the northern lights
The magic of the northern lights

A holiday in Norway is a dream. A dream along a fjord, the most evocative and characteristic natural formation of this land.

The Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are listed as part of UNESCOs World Heritage Sites, but it's also worth mentioning the longest of all the Fjords, the 204 km long Sognefjordas well as the Hardangerfjord where cherry and apple blossoms can be seen on the cliff-side during spring.

But a Northern Europe MSC cruise also means experiencing the spectacular beauty of the Northern lights; while those of you who travel in the summer can admire the spectacular midnight sun, once north of the Arctic Circle. A cruise to Norway also means discovering the culture of two ancient populations: the Vikings, not just pirates and warriors, but merchants, explorers and colonisers who, for over three hundred years until the 11th century governed Scandinavia and the northern Atlantic: and then, the Samis, the natives of these lands, dressed in multicoloured clothes with immense herds of reindeer, who have lived in the deep North for more than 10,000 years.

Finally, watch out for the Trolls! Many of the places you will visit are named after these legendary creatures: Trollheimen, Trollstigen (with the spectacular Troll’s path), Trollhatten and Trollveggen.

 
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