The Spitsbergen weather forecast of the Norwegian meteorological service, in English:
Official website with laws, regulations, etc., Norwegian/English:
The webcam closest to Longyearbyen Camping is situated on the pier "Bykaia", about 2.5 km to the East from us, viewing across Adventfjord:
Another webcam overlooking inner Adventfjord, but looking northwards and thereby a bit more into the direction of a small part of our great Isfjord panorama, is fixed in the administration building of the mining company, with the supply pier "Gamle Kaia" in the foreground, ca. 3 km East of us:
Longyearbyen Camping is open to all travellers - with tour operator or independent. If you are interested in an overview over organised travel in Spitsbergen, you will find a wide choice of tours by various specialised tour operators on the following English-German webside:
Some tour operators use Longyearbyen as a base while in Longyearbyen with their groups, too. And in addition, you can consider extending a booked tour with some extra days spent on Longyearbyen Camping.
Flights from Oslo and Tromsø to Longyearbyen and back are offered by SAS and sometimes also the Norwegian budget airline Norwegian - with considerable differences in schedule in the course of the year. Here the links for checking connections, prices and for direct booking with credit cards, languages Norwegian/English:
The webside of Avinor, the Norwegian operator company for public airports, allows a check, which flights to/from a certain airport are due and also their estimated times of arrival/departure. If you use the search function on that webside: Longyearbyen is to be found via "Svalbard". Norwegian, partly English.
A lot of our customers take advantage of the long way to Spitsbergen by spending more time on the way up and down for more experiences, instead of jetting quickest possibly. Others look out for interesting places in Scandinavia for future travel.
Here, we offer a link exchange with such interesting places on the mainland. Also if you as a visitor of this webside know about a place you want to recommend for this link list, please give us a hint. Preconditions for such a hint: the place must have an own webside (otherwise, we cannot link it), and for fairness, we would be included in its link list, too.
www.langenuen.com - Idyllic fjord campground between Bergen and Haugesund.
Using the campsite, you have already chosen the accomodation of Longyearbyen with least energy consumption. By going on a few longer holidays instead of many short ones, you can also reduce the consumption of unrenewable ressources for travelling. Unfortunately, there is hardly a way around using the aircraft to Spitsbergen, as there is no frequent ship connection.
With any type of travel, CO2 production is increased. While this in itself cannot be prevented, there is a possibility of partly balancing this impact on global environment by supporting projects which lead to a reduction of CO2 emissons into the atmosphere. A number of organisations engaged in such projects sell certificates. This way, you can compensate for the CO2 production caused by your travel. Here, you find the websides of two such organisations: atmosfair and climatefriendly, both audited by independent control institutions:
In a longer perspective, the only solution will be new kinds of practicable renewable types of fuels, which free us of the current dependency on fossil energy ressources. Rising prices of fossil energy sources, caused by increasing demand and stagnating production, will certainly be the most effective stimulus for such a development.
As a guest of the campsite, your average share of our consumption of fossil energy ressources is, by the way, approximately 1.5 kg CO2 per person and day for heating, electricity, warm water, local car transports for the campsite, etc.. For comparison: flying from central Europe via Oslo to Spitsbergen and back on a scheduled flight equals about 1600 kg CO2 per person, flying from central Europe to Gran Canaria and back equals about 2000 kg CO2 per person, just for the flights.
English report of norwegian radio amateurs, who in summer 2004 tried tried in several "nights" to get unusual radio connections worldwide from Longyearbyen Camping:
BSES - British Schools Exploring Society, a charity-based organisation, carries out every year demanding Spitsbergen expeditions for british (partly also international) student groups (participants usually age 16-20), with both scientific and alpinistic goals. Frequently, they use Longyearbyen Camping as the start and end point of their stays in Spitsbergen. führt fast jedes Jahr anspruchsvolle Spitzbergen-Expeditionen für britische Jugendliche durch, die teils sportliche, teils wissenschaftliche Ziele haben und die Longyearbyen Camping als Anfangs- und Endpunkt in Spitzbergen haben.
Our camping guest John Edwards, an enthusiastic geo-cacher, brought Longyearbyen Camping onto the world map of geocaching by installing one of the first geocaches in Spitsbergen on Longyearbyen Camping - and he qualified also for the Longyearbyen Camping Arctic naked-bathing Certificate.
See note on the geocache website: