We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Closed until February 2014”

North Pole Expedition Museum
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Open every day 10 - 14. The (formerly Spitsbergen Airship Museum) museum is an expedition museum and the northernmost aviation museum in the world. The museum ia about expeditions to the North Pole, departing from Svalbard. The emphasis is on the 'America', the 'Norge' & the 'Italia' expeditions. Open daily Febuary through September. Several hours of the original expidition movies running continuosly. The exhibitions is a collage between old newspapers, postcards, photos, plane modelas, several hours of original movie material, clothes, stamps, letters, telegrams and more.
Trstenik, Croatia
Level Contributor
243 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
“Closed until February 2014”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

Having read in both the hotel and on the museum's website about the significance of airships in the early development of Svalbard, this looked like an interesting place to visit. It is just behind the Svalbard museum, on the other side of the road (nearest the fjord).

However, it has now closed for the winter and will reopen in February 2014, just in case you were planning a trip just to see it.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Propaganda_Machine
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

206 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful tiny museum, a must in Longyearbyen”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

This museum is on the airships and men (and dogs...) that made the history of the first polar explorations. Despite the apparently small dimension, the two-story building proposes a very accurate visit, with a lot of facts and details very well presented, including many original letters, photos, films and objects. Depending on your time and personal interest, this museum is perfect for each visitor: from a fast 30-minutes overview to a 3-hours immersion.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Clara P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Treviso, Italy
Level Contributor
39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Don't miss it!”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Together with the Svalbard Museum, this one is a must-see in Longyearbyen. Extremely interesting, extensive and objective narration about the polar expeditions that made base in Spitsbergen. We liked it a lot! Highly recommended.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Luca_TV
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Slupsk, Poland
Level Contributor
29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“This is a unique museum”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

This is a unique museum
well acquainted with a short period of Arctic research but in all terms is uniquely
very complete information on learning thus far inaccessible areas of success, dramas and tragedies of people in the participating
shows human generosity, perseverance, courage and entrepreneurship, but also their human qualities as vanity, envy and excessive ambitions
certainly worth a visit to the museum
in us has left an impression comparable Fram Polar Expedition Museum in Oslo and Tromso Polar Museum
extremely well developed exposition,
  thank you
for wizards that exposure

Visited June 2013
1 Thank kopylowicz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Specialist musuem”
Reviewed August 24, 2013

Two storey museum which is almost aircraft hanger like.

Some fascinating history about airships and how these were used in relation to the early exploration of the Arctic and North Pole.

As a non airship enthusiast the museum was 'pretty good'. I suspect anyone with a particular interest in airships, early air travel or arctic exploration would rate the museum higher.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank PeteW60
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed North Pole Expedition Museum also viewed

Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Been to North Pole Expedition Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing