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Getting into Ny-Ålesund as a tourist is difficult, to say the least.  Bona fide scientists interested in running a research project at Ny-Alesund may contact [http://www.npolar.no/nysmac/ NySMAC] to apply.
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Ny-Ålesund can be visited fairly easily as a cruise stopover, but spending any more time there is difficult, to say the least.  Bona fide scientists interested in running a research project at Ny-Alesund may contact [http://www.npolar.no/nysmac/ NySMAC] to apply.
  
 
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For most non-scientists a cruise stopover is the only way of reaching Ny-Ålesund.  This will generally involve at least ten nights on a boat, covering various points of interest around Svalbard, and prices start from $1500 and go up from there.  Operators include  [http://www.pocruises.com/norway-and-iceland/ports/Ny-Alesund-Spitsbergen-cruise.aspx P&O] and [http://www.5stars-of-scandinavia.com/expeditions/norwegian_grand.htm 5 Stars].  Cruises operate only from May to October.
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For most non-scientists a cruise stopover is the only way of reaching Ny-Ålesund.  The cheapest and fastest way appears to be Spitsbergen Travel's [http://www.spitsbergentravel.no/] 3/4-day cruises from [[Longyearbyen]], with rates starting at 7900 kr (c. US$1500, cheapest cabin, twin sharing).  Cruises operate only from May to October.
  
 
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==Get around==

Revision as of 10:27, 9 May 2008

Ny-Ålesund is a tiny settlement on the west coast of the island of Spitsbergen, Svalbard.

Amundsen monument and the North Pole Hotel

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Understand

Located at 78°55′N 11°56′E, Ny-Ålesund is by most measures the northernmost permanent settlement in the world (except for a few military bases). Founded in 1916 as a coal mining town, the town housed 400 people at its peak, until it was shut down in 1962 after an explosion killed 21 people.

Ny-Ålesund reopened in 1968 as a research base. Today owned and run by Kings Bay AS, the tiny town is home to 30-35 people year-round, but the population can swell to over 120 in the summer. Practically all inhabitants are scientists.

Get in

Ny-Ålesund can be visited fairly easily as a cruise stopover, but spending any more time there is difficult, to say the least. Bona fide scientists interested in running a research project at Ny-Alesund may contact NySMAC to apply.

By plane

Lufttransport operates semi-regular flights all year round (2-3 weekly) to Longyearbyen (25 minutes), albeit subject to weather conditions. Reservations can only be arranged via Kings Bay, and seats must be booked well in advance.

By boat

For most non-scientists a cruise stopover is the only way of reaching Ny-Ålesund. The cheapest and fastest way appears to be Spitsbergen Travel's [1] 3/4-day cruises from Longyearbyen, with rates starting at 7900 kr (c. US$1500, cheapest cabin, twin sharing). Cruises operate only from May to October.

Get around

See

  • Mining Museum. Yes, there's one of these in every settlement on Svalbard.

Do

Summer

  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Hiking

Winter

  • Snowmobile trips
  • Skiing expeditions

Buy

Eat

Drink

Sleep

  • North Pole Hotel (Nordpol Hotellet). Originally opened in 1936 to house fishermen.
  • There is a free camping ground located near the Zeppelin launch tower and the Italia Memorial.

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