Svalbard is not exactly a popular destination and many are not even aware of it. But the fact is that it has a lot to offer. I visited Svalbard in January, when there is a 24 hour darkness, but even that didn't prevent me from enjoying it. I arrived by air. The air fare is quite expensive since there is only carrier which provides the commercial flights. On arrival, there is a bus waiting that takes the passengers into the town of Longyearbyen. This distance can also be walked, takes about 1 hour, but it is not adviced since you may encounter polar bears. I did do it however. As for the accommodation, there are several hotels and lodges, but some are open in summer season only. The room rates are very much the same in every hotel. Again, it might seem quite expensive, it is much higher than the european standard. The hotels usualy provide breakfast. The town has a restaurant and a bar, and a small supermarket where you can find the basic things. Couple of other stores sell clothing. There is also a local school and gym and a tourist centre. Several tours can be arranged, depending on the season. In winter there are dog-sledge and snowmobile tours, and also northern lights observing outside the town. In summer, there are boat trips to the icecap.Svalbard is a tax-free zone, people do stock up on the cigarettes and alcohol there, but you are adviced to stick to the limits, otherwise the border control at mainland will confiscate it. They are very strict about this and always check Svalbard passengers. As for the weather, well, you must expect it to be cold, but it is not that bad. In winter it can get way below -20, but I hear it can get as warm as +20 in summer. If you visit in winter it is worth because of the possibility of seeing the green northern lights throughout all day. Even though it is dark, it is not actually completely dark due to the moon light reflecting from the snow. Walking outside out of town is at your own risk, the bears are present so caution is adviced and warning signs are put in place. Overall, it is a nice, but expensive place to visit. I would go back though.