Nope, this is not about the U2 song at all. Sorry to disappoint you, but now that you are here anyways… I am absolutely certain that U2 could write a fantastic tune about Longyearbyen! How could they not? It is so song-worthy! See for yourself:

This is the end – or beginning – of Street 100 in Longyearbyen


See that row of lights on the tundra? That is a row of snowmobiles coming back to town on the tundra, parallel to Street 400


And this is Old Mamasan getting ready to go for a short trip on the ol’ Yamaha, starting from Street 232.


Tundra road?

Do you find it strange that the Streets have numbers instead of names? I do too, really. But it makes it darn easy to navigate once you see the pattern in it. Just like Manhattan! (Did I really just compare Longyearbyen to Manhattan? LOL!)

Do I look daring on a snowmobile with a rifle over my shoulder? Just a regular part of living in the northernmost town in the world.

I know, I know, there has been many rants from me over Svalbard lately, and I guess I’m not done… Seeing as most people who have spent some time on the island do rant, I think it’s safe to say that once you have been bitten by the “Polar Bug” – you’ll never recover. Ever. There is just something so sincere and authentic about living in the Arctic.

And I really do think that U2 should write a song about Longyearbyen!


Ooh, Shiny!

34 thoughts on “Where the Streets Have No Name

    1. Haha yes, this day these pics were shot was very cold. -30 C (or -22 F) does sting a bit the first couple breaths.

      It is indeed a magical, beautiful place, but it can also be somewhat challenging 🙂 and that makes it even more interesting, I think 🙂


    1. Svalbard is a very sociable place and it is easy make friends and you quickly become sort of the “extended family” for eachother.

      There are lots of things to do, sports (both indoor and outdoor), crafts (there is a “knitting cafe” once a week where everyone who knits meet and chat), various cultural activities – and of course, the one thing you just can not get around: hiking, snowmobiling and using and enjoying the fab scenery.

      Oh, must not forget: the cabin life! Norwegians are generally fond of their cabins (by the sea, in the woods, or up here – on the tundra), and one of my fav past times was to fire up the ol’ snowmobile and go for a ride. If I saw smoke coming from a cabin pipe, I’d drive over and say hello, even if I didn’t know whos cabin it ws or who was there. They will typically invite yu in, give you a cup of coffee and you have a nice chat and get to know new people. Fun!

      One thing that is NOT a big option is shopping. There is 5-6 sports equipment stores, but it’s limited how many windjackets and hats you can be bothered to own *giggles*

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    1. Trapped as in the Icelandic TV series?

      Actually a couple big movies has been partially recorded at Svalbard: The Golden Compass and Die another day (James Bond), in addition to numerous documentaries and norwegian movies.

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      1. Yes, that’s the one. Absolutely loved it and great news that they are making another series. I can see why film companies would be attracted, it’s a very special landscape..

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      2. I’ve seen quite a few of what they call Nordic Noir. This was one of the best. If you like atmospheric crime dramas you’ll enjoy it.

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      3. If Wallander is a Nordic Noir, then that is exactly what I like. First I plowed though the books, and then they started making movies, so I had to read the books again before I could see the movies (It’s a thing, always read the book before seing the movie, even if I have read the book before some time ago… Hm, this might seem a bit nerdy or compulsive…)

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    1. Oh yea, now that coal mining is more or less gone, tourism is the big thing. Rather costly though, both accommodation and activities, but the booze is cheap ;-p

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    1. I moved away from Svalbard in 2006, have been back several times for visits. That is the cool thing about it – Svalbard is not going anywhere and I’m always welcome back 🙂

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