Sunrise and sunset in Svalbard

The times of sunrise and sunset in Svalbard are significantly influenced by the country's very northern position in the hemisphere. Relatively high in the north the days in summer are long and short in winter. With up to approximately 21 hours the longest days happen in August. On the other hand, the longest and darkest nights are in winter (in the southern hemisphere it is the other way around). In Dezember a night in Longyearbyen lasts almost 24 hours.

Who wants to look at the sunrise in these days, has to wake up early. Sunrise in Longyearbyen starts already at 1:00 in the morning. The early sunset at 1:00 makes the day currently a bit too short.


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Average lentgh of daylight in Longyearbyen

Average lentgh of daylight in Longyearbyen

Sunrise and sunset in the most important cities of Svalbard

The cities are ordered by their geographic position from west to east, so in an approximate direction of the sun course. Since the orbit of the sun is elliptical, sunrise or sunset never happen on a whole longitude at the same time. All data given for April 19th., localtime in Svalbard

CitySunriseSunsetHours of daylight
Olonkinbyen05:53 am11:14 pm17:20 hours
Longyearbyen01:00 am01:00 am0:00 hours


International cities for comparison

CitySunriseSunsetHours of daylight
Berlin (Germany)05:56 am08:14 pm14:17 hours
New York (USA)06:08 am07:41 pm13:33 hours
Auckland (New Zealand)06:48 am05:52 pm11:04 hours
Manila (Philippines)05:38 am06:11 pm12:33 hours
Moscow (Russia)05:11 am07:45 pm14:34 hours
Shanghai (China)05:20 am06:26 pm13:06 hours
Helsinki (Finland)05:47 am08:51 pm15:04 hours