Offers from commercial providers for SIOS members

SIOS-KC has negotiated special offers from commercial companies in Longyearbyen for SIOS members, including discounts for hotel rooms and care rental, ad-hoc cargo transport possibilities and services from the local ship and port agent Pole Postion that also offers diverse cargo services (sea, air, dangerous goods, storage & terminal, local distribution).

Services offered by Pole Position

Research vessel MV Ulla Rinman 

Other services

Hotel discount

Svalbard Adventures is offering the following discount for SIOS members at Svalbard Hotel | Polfareren and Svalbard Hotel | The Vault:

  • 1st February - 31st May - no discount
  • 1st June - 30th September - 15% discount
  • 1st october - 31st January - 20% discount

Read more about the rooms on offer on their website

To make use of this discount:

  1. Contact the SIOS Observing Network Infrastructure Officer, who will take contact the hotel.

Click here for terms and conditions.

Car rental discount

SIOS members may make use of a special offer on car hire in Longyearbyen. Arctic Autorent is offering a 10% discount to researchers booking their car hire via SIOS. The offer applies outside of the high season (15th June-15th August).

Arctic Autorent has an office at Svalbard airport where you can pick up the car. In addition to their office hours they offer an out-of-hours telephone service. For more information visit

To make use of this offer please contact the SIOS Observing Network Infrastructure Officer

Please note, this discount is only available to researchers employed at a SIOS member institution or participating in a SIOS funded project. 



Transport of cargo between Longyearbyen and Ny-Ă…lesund

The regular Lufttransport flights between Longyearbyen and Ny-Ă…lesund have limited capacity in the cargo hold, which can be a challenge for researchers who need to bring a lot of equipment between the two settlements.

To solve this problem, the SIOS logistics service has teamed up with a local tour operator to offer transport of cargo by boat on regular tourist trips during the summer season

Better Moments offers transport of items up to 1x1x1m in the cargo hold, and larger items on deck (items on deck risk getting sprayed with seawater). They run regular trips on Thursdays and Sundays between May and August, subject to weather conditions and sufficient bookings. The cost will be determined on a case by case basis. For more information visit


This service is offered from quay to quay, which means transport of cargo to and from the boat must be organised separately.

To take advantage of these offers, please email the SIOS Observing Network Infrastructure Officer with information about the size and weight of cargo, date for shipping and contact person at place of origin and destination.