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“Immersion in history and nature”
Review of Svalbard Museum

Svalbard Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The exhibition presents fragments of Svalbard's 400-year history and describes factors that help support life and the activities taking place here, which together reveal the close relationship between sea and land, nature and cultural history.
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Spent here couple of hours studying history and nature of Svalbard. Learned a lot about this strange and largely unknown place

1  Thank Ezis
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

It doesn't look like much from the outside but I think this is one of the nicest small museums I've been to. Nearly all the exhibits were detailed in English and Norwegian and it covered the early days of Svalbard very well. Definitely worth going to.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

If you travel to Svalbard, start your tour at Svalbard Museum, that gives you your first taste of the islands and life only 1000 kilometres from the North Pole. There you learn about the wild life and the harsh conditions of the islands. You learn about the coal mining industry in early days and still today they mine coal in Barentsburg. You'll know a lot more about the history and polar explorers. Take your time to read and look, maybe even buy some litterature. The staff is kind and answers your questions. And then, get out into the wilderness, encounter polar bears, seals, walruses, wales, rain deers. Watch out for the Arctic tern - you may encounter the sharp beak when it attack you when it's nesting. Brünnich's Guillemot when it tries to land on the steep cliffs. Glacier calving. During the week I was there, on a boat along the coast, we saw 30 polar bears, a mother with a suckling baby, a four year old male bear only 15-20 metres away. And get out into the woods, but you are not aware that you're in one. Why? Well that is my task for you to find out.

2  Thank BettanL
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Longyearbyen, the capital of Spitsbergen, is the home of a very small but interesting museum that give a lot of info about life in the Arctic in bygone days including the motorbike sleigh that two Italians though they could make it to the North Pole with. It is also the home of the world's northernmost university. Wild reindeer and an occasion polar beer may stroll by.

1  Thank 97Rolf
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Enjoyed the new Museum in the University building covering the history, geology and nature on Svalbard. I would however have expected more space dedicated to the Aurora Borealis.

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