Tag Archives: New Year’s

R.I.P. 2020 … Welcome to 2021 to/from Svalbard! 🎊

In addition to this photo potpourri, be sure to listen to the two short video clips at the end for the “reverberating sounds of Svalbard” that accompany the light show, thanks to all of our metallic historic mining and industrial infrastructure.

And may the coming year be much happier and healthier than the past year for us all.

NO BOOZE FOR NEW YEAR’S: Ban on serving alcohol after midnight means Longyearbyen revelers at hotels and pubs have to leave champagne inside; and about that ‘recovery’ workout…

Those hoping to toast the departure of a dismal 2020 at midnight are getting a sobering reminder of the realities that will still exist in 2021 as city and tourism officials are reminding people that hotel and pub guests cannot toast the occasion with champagne when they’re outside to watch the fireworks, due to a COVID-19 restriction banning the serving of alcohol after midnight.

Also, for those who New Year’s resolutions include workouts at the gym, the city announced Wednesday a 10-day quarantine requirement is now in effect at Svalbardhallen for residents who’ve traveled to the mainland for the holidays or other reasons.