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Flights to Longyearbyen

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When to Book

The best time to book cheap flights to Svalbard is approximately 10 weeks in advance. Because of the remote locale, flights can be difficult to arrange too far ahead and impossible to find last minute. If you can find one, a last-minute booking will cost up to twice as much as booking a couple of months ahead. Keep in mind that flights to Svalbard tend to drop off in the cold winter months. If you do want to book a flight in the off season, you'll need to be flexible on dates.

Airports With Direct Flights From the U.K.

Flights to Svalbard Airport, Longyearbyen (LYR) route through Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (OSL). In addition, most flights to Svalbard from London include an additional stop on the way to Oslo.

Airlines That Fly to Svalbard From the U.K.

SAS is the major airline offering flights to Svalbard from the U.K. Norwegian Airlines also offers some flights. For cheap flights to Svalbard, use Skyscanner to compare options.

Airports

Svalbard Airport, which serves the Svalbard islands, and is just a few miles away from the coastal town of Longyearbyen. It is the world's northernmost airport that has public flights.

When to Go

The best time to visit Svalbard is in the summer, between March and September. Since the peak season is in July and August, you'll be able to find cheaper rates during the cooler months.

What's the Weather Like?

Svalbard is cold year round, with peak average temperatures of around 4 °C in July and August and an average of -14 °C in the winter. In the winter, the coastal waters freeze over. The days shorten and then go away altogether, with two months of total darkness and a slightly longer period when the sun stays below the horizon but still gives some light.

City Guide: What to See and Do

While in Svalbard, you'll want to bundle up because there is so much to see and do. The Svalbard Museum can serve as a good starting point, giving background and context to the region's many natural wonders. After the museum, you'll be tempted to visit the parks and waterways of this Arctic wonderland, but take care if travelling far afield.

For your safety, the government strictly regulates trips outside of Management Area 10, the relatively safe zone within a few hundred miles of Longyearbyen. Outside this area, guests must either plan expeditions well in advance or hire tour guides. Interesting sites well within the public area include the Pyramiden, an old Russian mining town and present-day hotel, as well as restaurants, hiking, and boating opportunities.

Finally, no trip to Svalbard would be complete without a quick visit to the Svalbard Seed Vault, which guards all the seeds of the world. Although guests are not permitted inside for security reasons, you can take pictures of the outer door on your way to or from the airport.

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