Spitsbergen trip planner
Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free
Spitsbergen is the largest and only permanently populated island of the Svalbard archipelago in northern Norway. Constituting the westernmost bulk of the archipelago, it borders the Arctic Ocean, the Norwegian Sea, and the Greenland Sea. Spitsbergen covers an area of 37673km2, making it the largest island in Norway and the 36th-largest in the world. The administrative centre is Longyearbyen. Other settlements, in addition to research outposts, are the Russian mining community of Barentsburg, the research community of Ny-Ålesund, and the mining outpost of Sveagruva. Spitsbergen was covered in 21977km2 of ice in 1999, which was approximately 58.5% of the island's total area.The island was first used as a whaling base in the 17th and 18th centuries, after which it was abandoned. Coal mining started at the end of the 19th century and several permanent communities were established. The Svalbard Treaty of 1920 recognized Norwegian sovereignty and established Svalbard as a free economic zone and a demilitarized zone.Add Spitsbergen and other destinations to your itinerary using our Norway trip planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Spitsbergen
Get a personalized planA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top tours near Spitsbergen
Places to visit in Spitsbergen
Recently planned trips to Spitsbergen
55 days in Sweden, Norway & Denmark BY A USER FROM SPAIN June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 44 days in Norway BY A USER FROM ITALY April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDONESIA December, hidden gems Preferences: December Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 1 day in Longyearbyen BY A USER FROM DENMARK October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 9 days in Oslo, Reykjavik & Svalbard BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular sights Preferences: March Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 5 days in Longyearbyen BY A USER FROM THE NETHERLANDS September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium