PNW 2024 - Practical information

Polar Night Week 2024 will take place 22-26 January in Longyearbyen. 

We strongly encourage you to join us physically in Longyearbyen, but we will offer also remote access to many sessions (please check the programme for more details).

Physical participation

Flight tickets

Both SAS and Norwegian fly to Svalbard, but not on all weekdays. Please note that only Norwegian will fly to Longyearbyen on 22 January 2023.

Please make sure you book your flights well in advance, since flight capacity is limited.


We have reserved 33 rooms at the Svalbard hotel 'The Vault' at a discounted rate. You will have to book these rooms yourself. Details can be found in the registration form. Please note that the offer is only available until 22 December 2023.

Other hotel and guesthouse options:

Please make sure you book your accommodation well in advance, since capacity is limited.

Weather and clothing

The weather can be very variable in Longyearbyen in January. Please ensure you bring sufficient warm and windproof clothing and warm waterproof boots. It will be dark 24 hours a day, so it is important to wear reflective clothing when walking on or near roads. If you have a head lamp it is a good idea to bring it along.

More information:

Weather forecast:

Internet access

How to access internet at the Svalbard Science Centre

Code of conduct

  • Keep your colleagues healthy: If you have symptoms of flue, cold or any other infectious disease, please join remotely. 
  • Please remember that both students and staff at UNIS will be working in the same building than us. Try to keep it quiet in the vicinity of offices and lecture rooms.
  • All participants are treated with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions. Any harassment, intimidation, or discrimination will not be tolerated. Please, alert SIOS-KC if you notice any unacceptable behaviour.
Virtual participation

Virtual access

We will send the zoom link to all registered participants shortly before PNW. If you should encounter any problems, please contact

Check out our  Guide 'How to use Zoom - including how to share your presentation'.

Code of conduct

Please read our code of conduct for virtual meetings: code of conduct.