On Top of the World in The North Pole Longyearbyen Norway

Last year when there was a heatwave in the UK and I was on top of the world in Longyearbyen in Norway aka the North Pole. I did not have my bikini on! I was freezing!

Why was I in the North Pole in Summer? Of course, I was on a cruise! Cruising the Norwegian Fjords.

Norway North Pole

Longyearbyen is 78 degrees north of the top of the world. It has the most northern population of 2642 people and 3500 polar bears.

So there are more polar bears than people! Also, there are more snow bikes than cars as the snow is there 67% of the time.

The hottest it gets is 10*C in the summer and they see the sun 30% of the year and it only rains 3% of the year. There are no trees, the ground is grass and black sand, it is a strange place!

You cannot be born there or die there. Due to their customs. You wouldn’t want to be buried there as the frost brings the bodies back up! So there are no graveyards there anymore.

I went to the North Pole, but I didn’t see Santa Claus. But I did see the giant post box for all the Christmas lists though. It was huge!

Santa Post Box

The day we were there it was 6*C and dry. But I had to go and buy a woolly hat and gloves as it was bitterly cold!

North Pole Lucy

So there are your fun facts about Longyearbyen and if you like the cold this is the place for you!

Essential Info

  • Weather in Summer:  0*C – 10*C
  • Bring warm clothes
  • Language: Norwegian
  • Currency: Norwegian krone

Happy Travels

Love Lucy x

On Top of the World in the North Pole - Longyearbyen Norway - Lucy Williams


  1. July 20, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    Very interesting. Thanks for the information. It seems cold though! I’m not a fan of the cold but i guess it’s worth it for these spectacular views.

  2. July 20, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    Loving the giant Santa mailbox! 30 for 30 podcasts just did a great piece on the first all female expedition to the North Pole. It was more ice, less Santa though.

    • July 20, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      It was fun seeing the mailbox 🎅🏻 Really, I will have to have a listen.

  3. Taylor
    July 20, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Your pictures are so beautiful!

  4. July 22, 2017 / 10:42 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit the north pole. More polar bears than people is crazy! Looks like a pretty place and fun experience!

  5. July 22, 2017 / 11:28 am

    Ok you just had the trip of my life… WOW! The North Pole is one of those off the track destinations that have always enticed me, but my husband is always a bit scared by the cold. I’ll have to show him your article to convince him, after all 10°C isn’t really “that” bad, we’ve been to Krakow at -13°C he should’ve gotten used to it by now :D

    • July 23, 2017 / 11:46 am

      The cold wasn’t to bad, it was just a shock to the system! Good luck convincing your husband 😏

  6. July 22, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    I’ve been dreaming of Svalbard since my first time in Norway. Haven’t been yet, but it’s on my list. I lovelove arctic destinations!

  7. July 22, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    This looks it might be too cold for me. ” The hottest it gets is 10c” Damn! But you portray it well :)

  8. Sally White
    July 22, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Oh wow, I’d love to go there! It’s beautiful! My ancestors were Sami, so it definitely would be cool to visit- pardon the pun, but I’d have to bring my own heater lol! Thanks for sharing your neat adventure in the north!

  9. July 23, 2017 / 6:24 am

    I would love to go sometime! Haha I always choose cold places for my summer holiday. Iceland, Norway, Scotland… :)

  10. July 23, 2017 / 11:11 am

    Wow this is such a bucket list place to visit!!! It looks so isolated, that’s an amazing experience to have. Looks cold too though. How much did it cost for this trip?

    • July 23, 2017 / 12:06 pm

      It was interesting! I went on a cruise, that was doing the Norwegian fjords & I travel with my husband (he works onboard) so I don’t pay the going rate! But I can find out for you if you like?

      • July 23, 2017 / 8:26 pm

        Ohh that’s so amazing! You’re so lucky! No don’t worry, I was just curious if it was affordable

  11. July 23, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    Sounds like an interesting place! I bet all those colorful houses look really cool in winter, all covered in white snow!

    • July 23, 2017 / 2:52 pm

      I’m sure it looks beautiful in winter ❄️ but even colder! Lol

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