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Practicalities for


Rethinking Remoteness and Peripherality

16-19 January 2017, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Getting to Longyearbyen.

You can fly to Longyearbyen (airport code LYR) on Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) or Norwegian. Currently, SAS has a flight between Oslo and Longyearbyen (via Tromsø) on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Norwegian has a direct flight between Oslo and Longyearbyen on Monday and Friday. From the airport in Longyearbyen, you can take a taxi or shuttle bus to your hotel. You will want to fly into Longyearbyen the day before the conference and fly out the day after.


We can offer special accommodation rates (20% discount) at the conference venue, Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen. The special rates include breakfast and WiFi. We strongly recommend that delegates book their rooms directly through Island Dynamics. (Not only is it less expensive this way, but Island Dynamics has also agreed with the hotel to administer delegate bookings, so the hotel will think we are very naughty if you book a room yourself!) To book a room at the conference hotel, follow the instructions here.


Although it is part of Norway, Svalbard is not part of the European Union or the Schengen free movement area. For really complex geopolitical reasons, citizens of all countries in the world can visit Svalbard without a visa. So you do not need a visa to enter Svalbard. However, depending on which country you come from, you may need a transit visa in order to transfer planes or even a tourist visa to overnight in Norway.

Climate and clothing.

You will be visiting the northermost town in the world in mid-winter. The weather will either be very cold or very, very cold. You will spend a lot of time outside, and temperatures may get as low as -15° C. So you will need to dress warmly in layers, bringing warm gloves and warm and waterproof hiking boots.