Longyearbyen Camping, northernmost regular campsite in the world, is not only the cheapest place to stay in Longyearbyen, but gets more and more popular also with travellers who come to Spitsbergen for experiencing arctic nature.
Closest to nature: The reason is obvious and simple - intimate contact to the arctic nature: situated right on the tundra of a strand flat, which was lifted above sealevel, when the weight of the ice of the last iceage was melted away, the camping site offers an unmatched scenic view over most of Adventfjord and Icefjord with their impressive panorama of mountain ranges and glaciers. In summer, life on the tundra and in the bird lagoon right in front of the campsite comes in addition. Frequently, the special subspecies of Svalbard reindeer is grazing between the tents, and even polar foxes can be observed in summer almost every day (not to be fed !). No other accomodation in the settlement can get anywhere close to this range of intimate nature experiences.
Facilities: Comfort is added to this experience of nature by the service building, which offers in addition to the cooking and eating room with its panorama windows also the sanitary facilities (showers, washing basins, toilets). Upto about 40 persons can sit and eat here inside simultaneously.
The service building with its facilities is open only during the season in spring and summer.
Season: Since 2008, Longyearbyen Camping is open not only in summer (ca. 10. June to 15. September) but also in the second main season: April - with the special high arctic combination of still wintry conditions, but already permanent light.
Also off season, Longyearbyen Camping is the only place in a wide perimeter around Longyearbyen, where camping is legal. Use of the campsite is free of charge then, but the service building and its facilities are is closed outside the camping season.
But also during season, Longyearbyen Camping offers not only an intimate contact to arctic nature, but also by far the lowest overnight prices of all accomodations in the area.
Location: Longyearbyen Camping is situated just below the airport, down at the fjord shore (about 300 m from the entrance of the airport terminal) - very handy for arrival and departure, while otherwise, the airport is mostly no source of disturbing noise, as flight activity is quite limited here.
A 4 km road leads to Longyearbyen "downtown" along the fjord shore. In addition to the airport bus in connection with flights, this distance can be covered not only on foot, but alternatively also with a rental bicycle or car.
Further informations on the very detailed webside:
include Longyearbyen Camping (some only facultatively) at least for parts of the stay - grey writing indicates a direct link to a detail tour description. Black writing indicates that such a detail description is not available in an updated English version, yet:
Arctic Weekend, Arctic Week, Combined Arctic Week, Arctic Late Winter Week, Wjinter Hiking & Snowcave, Icefjord - Boat, Hiking and Trekking, Longyearbyen - Pyramiden - Pointed Peaks Camp, Circling Icefjord, Inland Crossing to Wijdefjord, Supplementary program Longyearbyen for ship cruises, special arrangements.