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Longyearbyen

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Longyearbyen

Does anyone have any idea how many miles Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) is from the North Pole?

Edited: 14 June 2012, 19:55
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1. Re: Longyearbyen

Approx 1.333 kms (828 miles).

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2. Re: Longyearbyen

More precise (the previous number were from the Radisson Blu in Longyearbyen).

The more exact distance from the airport is 816 miles (according to Great Circle Mapper - http://www.gcmap.com) / 1313km.

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3. Re: Longyearbyen

1 degree of latitude = 60nm

Longyearbyen is at 78 degree north, 12 degrees of latitude away from the North Pole.

12 x 60 = 720nm or 828 miles. (1.15 nm in a mile)

Hope that helps. Longyearbyen does fell pretty remote but they do a mean coffee and cake in the deli!

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4. Re: Longyearbyen

Thanks!

they do a mean coffee and cake in the deli! . . . . I'll check it out!

I don't suppose there is a lot there, we will be there for a day on a cruise.

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5. Re: Longyearbyen

There isn't a lot to do, some shops in the main street a few cafes. It's well worth walking over to the church and up to the old mine, good views. The museum is excellent and worth a look around. We spent 2 half days there before and after our 7 day cruise.

If you get clear weather it's a relaxing place.

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6. Re: Longyearbyen

I was wondering if there are any taxis waiting, offering a trip out of town.

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7. Re: Longyearbyen

There are taxis in Longyearbyen, but there isn't any "out of town".

There's a strech of road going from the airport into Longyearbyen proper and onwards to some of the mines.

For tours contact:

http://www.spitsbergentravel.com

http://www.svalbard.net/?set_lang=en

One of the main attractions (for Norwegians) is the fact that Svalbard is a Tax-Free area resulting in cheap alcohol and cigarettes. Also worth (for the exotic feel) to go into the grocery store and check the prices of fresh produce and dairy products. As these have to be flown to the island prices are very high.

Edited: 15 June 2012, 10:04
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8. Re: Longyearbyen

A special day tour, is to take a tour up on the Longyear glacier and walk into to the ice cave, under the glacier.

It`s amazing!

You can see the glacier from the "city" Longeyarbyen.

But, for next time, fly to Longyearbyen in April or begin of May, when it`s still snowy winter and midnight sun, and take a guided snowmobile trip to the Russian city, Barentsburg.

You will never forget that..;)

Please check out pictures in my photo albums at Facebook..;)

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9. Re: Longyearbyen

Smudge99: I understand you know this with latitude and distance better that me, so can you answer this;

Distance Tromsø to the south part of Spitsbergen ?

Distance from Tromsø to Longyearbyen ?

Distance from north part of Spitsbergen to North Pole ?

Thanks..;)

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10. Re: Longyearbyen

It's easy to calculate when it's along one line of longitude ie one point to north pole or point to pint along one line of longitude.

From memory north Spitsbergen is about 80 degrees north so it's 600 nm, I'll leave you to calculate a conversion.

Sorry for the others I have forgotten my school Maths to work this out. It's easy to do a google search

Edited: 15 June 2012, 15:32