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Longyearbyen - Norway
 



 LONGYEARBYEN



Longyearbyen's history is closely related to mining. Longyearbyen is located next to Adventfjorden, where several mines were started.

An American firm, Arctic Coal directed by John Munroe Longyear, started a coal mine at the current location in 1906, and called it Longyear City.
In 1915 Arctic Coal sold the mine to a Norwegian company, Store Norske Spitsbergen kullkompani.


More and more people (1600 inhabitants) are living in Longyearbyen, but now the primary activity is tourism, and service-related fields.
In addition there are several scientific enterprises, including UNIS - the University courses on Svalbard, an auroral research station, EISCAT - the European Scattering Radar, Svalsat - a satellite station for contacting satellites in polar orbits, run in cooperation with NASA, and several others.

There is a wide range of accommodation alternatives available in Longyearbyen,
from guesthouses to full service, high quality hotels.
Longyearbyen also has a camping, near the airport, which is the northernmost camping of the world.

 
 
 
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  Longyearbyen - Fjord Adventfjorden   Longyearbyen - Adventdalen Valley   Longyearbyen - Fjord Isfjord   Longyearbyen - Mine  
Longyearbyen - EISCAT Radar Longyearbyen - Hiorthfjellet Longyearbyen - Camping Longyearbyen - Polar Star
Longyearbyen - Nybyen   Longyearbyen - Sarkofagen Longyearbyen - Sun Festival Longyearbyen - Mines
 

 LONGYEARBYEN - SPITSBERGEN 



 Longyearbyen - Maps

Longyearbyen Map [jpg] - Svalbard Tourism - Svalbard Reiseliv AS
Longyearbyen City Map (1.5 MB) [pdf]
Nordenskiöld Land - Adventdalen [gif]
Longyearbyen and Airport [jpg]

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