Situated in the heart of the Arctic Ocean halfway between Norway and the North Pole, lies Longyearbyen on the isle of Svalbard. A majestic archipelago full of stunning landscapes and dramatic scenery, this Scandinavian bliss is the northernmost city in the world.
Famed for being home to more polar bears to inhabitants, this unique town is home to an array of beautiful colour huts with views of the Northern lights often seen throughout the year.
Discovered by an American, John Longyear in 1906, the name literally translates to Long year City and was originally built as a mining operation over one hundred years ago. Nowadays, it is becoming increasing popular with tourists wishing to venture into the beauty of the Artic circle.
The ground on which the city was created is permanently frozen all year round, and as such the buildings have been built on stilts to ensure that they are not flooded. The huts on which a large number of the residents of the city reside are beautifully contrasted in a range of strong beautiful colours which help them stand out against the permanently snowy background.
With long cold winters, the conditions are extremely difficult to travel upon and there snowmobiles become vitally important part of life upon this isle. To help connect with other cities and areas, there are over double the amount of snowmobiles to residents to ensure that they are not left stranded throughout the darker and harsher months.
Surrounding the isle of Svalbard, and located north of Longyearbyen are the breath-taking views of the picturesque Norwegian mountains, deep fjords and ice sheets. These often consist of a whole range of beautiful wildlife including reindeers and seals be seen, which can be seen whilst taking in the surroundings.
Dark Season Blue Festivals
In celebration of the end of the summer months and the daylight , when the sun departs for the winter, a festival in held each year to celebrate each October. The festival is aptly named with emphasis on blues music whilst celebrating the dark blue shades that habitat the isle for four months.