Home to approximately 2,060 inhabitants, most of whom are coal mining employees working with Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani, a Norwegian mining firm; Longyearbyen features a Polar climate with cool summers and long, cold winters, most tourists generally arrive here during spring and summer. Spring especially is very popular as snowmobiles can be driven in open country without special permission. However, due to strict environmental laws, not all-of-this main Svalbard Island is accessible to visitors.
Serving as the administrative capital and the largest urban settlement of Svalbard Archipelago, Longyearbyen is the most northerly town in the World situated on the Spitsbergen Island. The Svalbard Airport located just outside Longyearbyen town offers regular public flights to/from Tromso and Oslo. Housing some of the northernmost places, Longyearbyen objects of interest include a church, a hospital, a hotel, ATM, a tourist office, public bar, an airport and a commercial seaport.