Passport required, but no visa
A visit to and/or travel within Svalbard does not require visa. However a transit through the Schengen Area, including mainland Norway, from outside the area may require a visa. All travelers present their passports before boarding flights to Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
There are no roads between the settlements. Small aircraft fly regularly from Longyearbyen to Ny-Ålesund and Svea. The other settlements can be reached by boat, helicopter or snowmobile.
A shuttle bus runs between Longyearbyen and the airport. It waits outside the terminal when planes arrive and stops at all the hotels and the Svalbard Science Centre. It departs for the airport about two hours before scheduled departing flights. Check with your hotel reception for the exact time.
Port facilities and shipping
The Port of Longyearbyen (Bykaia) is close to the city centre on the way toward the airport.
Transportation of goods to and from Svalbard:
- Bring Cargo Svalbard AS (+47 79 02 35 60)
Local transportation within Longyearbyen
There are several opportunities if you need bus transport, taxi or cars for rent:
- Longyearbyen Taxi AS (+47 79 02 13 75)
- Svalbard Maxi Taxi AS (+47 79 02 13 05)
Out of Longyearbyen
Helicopters and airplanes
- Lufttransport AS (+47 79 02 47 70, email@example.com)
Charter boat with skipper:
- Arctica S/Y (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Henningsen Transport & Guiding AS (+47 79 02 13 11 / +47 918 53 756, email@example.com)
- Spitsbergen Sailing (+47 984 04 089, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Henningsen Transport & Guiding AS (phone +47-79021311, cell phone +47-91853756, e-mail email@example.com)
- Ingeniør G Paulsen (+47 79 02 61 00, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Norwegian Polar Institute (+47 79 02 26 10)
- Svalbard Snøscooterutleie AS (+47 79 02 46 61, e-mail email@example.com)
The research settlement Ny-Ålesund is located about 100 km northwest of Longyearbyen. There are two or three scheduled flights per week all year round, and it is possible to charter extra flights. During the summer season the harbour is open and cargos ships, research vessels and cruise liners visit regularly.
Travel to and from Ny-Ålesund is mainly arranged through Kings Bay AS. Personnel involved in research projects in Ny-Ålesund will usually be affiliated with one of the research stations. If not, contact the Norwegian Polar Institute's Sverdrup Station.
RiS ID mandatory
Researchers will need to register their project in the Research in Svalbard database RiS and book flights directly through the registered projects. The booking will then first go to the affiliated station for approval and then to Kings Bay for final booking of transportation and lodging services in Ny-Ålesund.
Go to the Research in Svalbard Portal to register and update projects, apply the Governor for environmental permissions and to book flaight to, stay and services in Ny- Ålesund.
Commercial companies offer boat excursions to Barentsburg on a regular basis during summer season (May-September). See Visit Svalbard for more information.