Longyearbyen road

Longyearbyen Road, a drive through the realm of the polar bear

Longyearbyen Road is a very scenic drive located in a valley on the shores of the idyllic Adventfjord, in Svalbard, Norway.

Located in Longyeardalen, the largest settlement and the administrative center of Svalbard, on the shore of Adventfjorden, a bay of Isfjorden on the west coast of Spitsbergen, the road is 19.8 km (12.30 miles) long. It runs from Svalbard Airport towards EISCAT Svalbard Radar. The drive offers rich wildlife, arctic nature, and old mining towns. Extreme caution with the weather. The climate is harsh and unpredictable.

The scenic drive is mostly paved, with some unpaved sections near its end. Known as Longyear City until 1926, Longyeardalen is said to be the world’s northernmost city. The drive is the perfect way to get an overview of Longyearbyen, known as ‘The realm of the polar bear’. The chances of meeting a polar wolf or a polar bear are far greater than meeting another human being. The polar bears are never far away, so it’s a necessity to carry weapons when you venture outside the settlement. Do not go out the vehicle without being armed against polar bears.
Pic: Jorge Cornish


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