Lonely Planet (UK) - - Life In Svalbard -

Longyear­byen is tiny and eas­ily nav­i­gated on foot. Note that bad weather and risk of avalanches can close roads; seek info from your ho­tel be­fore ven­tur­ing out. Be­yond town, snow­mo­biles are the most com­mon mode of trans­port; you can drive one if you have a car or mo­tor­bike li­cence, and the tech­nique is fairly sim­ple af­ter guid­ance. On any ex­cur­sion, your tour op­er­a­tor will pro­vide an armed guide, in case of po­lar­bear en­coun­ters. You’ll find an ex­ten­sive safety brochure at sys­sel­man­ for of­fi­cial ad­vice on trips in and out of town.

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