While we were putting together the itinerary for our year of travel, Pete was adamant about visiting Svalbard. Never heard of it? Neither had I. It’s the northern-most inhabited place on this planet. We agree on most destinations, but this one blew my mind – why would anyone ever want to visit a place where the polar bears outnumber the people, you’re required by law to carry a gun for said bears, it’s freeeeezing cold, and it’s far, far away? I didn’t see the appeal – that is, until we visited and all my doubts melted (pun-intended) away. I’m so glad Pete discovered this place.
Why would you want to visit Svalbard?
Great question. If you enjoy:
- scenic landscapes
- snow-capped mountains, glaciers or icebergs
- friendly & eclectic locals
- adventures in the great outdoors
- animals, especially huskies, puffins, whales & walruses
- polar bear paraphernalia & folklore
- relatively inexpensive groceries
then you should definitely check out Svalbard.
We knew this place was special from the moment we landed:
Actually, our excitement began building during our descent into this arctic wonderland:
Even if you’re scared of cold weather (like me), you should give this place a chance. If you’re worried about finding room in your suitcase, toss your fears aside – you don’t have to bring any crazy gear, just make sure you’ve packed layers and you’ll be good to go.
- 24 hours of sunlight (during the summer)
- Karlsberger pub. Check it out for a crazy liquor selection and/or to get a glimpse into life in Longyearbyen
- the adventurous and rustic vibes; it is the arctic, after all
- cheap food & wine! Not as expensive as mainland Norway; it’s tax-free (yippee!)
- adventure tours. We liked our heated boat tour through the fjords (with the company Better Moments AS – recommend!)
- the small town of Longyearbyen
I hope I’ve convinced you to book a ticket to experience this magical arctic wonderland!
Have you been to Svalbard or another super-remote location? Let us know!