Longyearbyen road

Longyearbyen Road

Spectacular tarred mountain road located in Longyearbyen, the largest settlement and the administrative center of Svalbard, Norway. Longyearbyen is located in the valley of Longyeardalen and on the shore of Adventfjorden, a bay of Isfjorden located on the west coast of Spitsbergen.

This scenic road has a length of 14,3km and the unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet. The chances of meeting a polar wolf or a polar bear are far greater than meeting another human being. The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy snow fall. A sudden drop in the temperature, even in summer, can trigger winter-like conditions. It has a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous because of unpredictable snowstorms and blizzards, and driving under these conditions, can be extremely challenging.
Pic: Jorge Cornish

 

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