Magdalenefjord, Norway

Magdalenefjord is an 8 km long and up to 5 km wide fjord between Reuschhalvøya and Hoelhalvøya, Albert I Land, on the west coast of Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. It is considered to be one of Svalbard's most beautiful fjords!

Magdalenefjord offers spectacular scenery: sharply-peaked mountains on all sides and several glaciers. The craggy, sharp-toothed Waggonway Glacier is a highlight, as is the golden sands of Gravneset; one of the largest cemeteries dating from the whaling period in the 1600's.

Things to See & Do

* Gravneset
* Hornemanntoppen mountain
* Wildlife viewing
* Waggonway Glacier
* Whale watching

General information

Cruise Season - Feb - Dec
Currency - Norwegian krone (NOK)
Language - Norwegian
Land Area - 62,049 km² (Svalbard)
Population - 3,000 approx (Svalbard)
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code - + 47

Port Location - The port is located at Longyearbyen.

Transport Links - The Magdalenefjord can be accessed by boat from Longyearbyen.

Svalbard Airport Longyear (LYR) is the only major airport on Svalbard. It services daily Scandinavian Airlines (SAS Braathens) flights to Tromsø all year around, and there are additional flights as well as twice-weekly services direct to Oslo in the summer high season. The low-cost Norwegian carrier operates several flights a week to Oslo, Bergen and Stavanger.

There are once-weekly boats to Tromso and daily services to Barentsburg with organised sight-seeing tours. There are also sporadic connections with the abandoned Russian settlement of Pyramiden with guided tours.

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