The festival

The very first Arctic Chamber Music Festival was arranged in February 2018. Surrounded by majestetic nature and the mysterious blue light, the audience could experience the raw and wild nature of Longyearbyen, for later to come inside to a warm and cosy environment, taste great local food and and then - to enjoy to top notch classical music performed by world class musicians. What a treat!

The dates for 2019 are now announced: 6th - 9th of June. Follow us here or on our FaceBook page or on Instagram, to stay up to date on the programme for 2019.

The Arctic Philharmonic is the orchestra that forms a base for the whole festival. The orchestra have a unique structure, being based in two Norwegian towns, Bodø and Tromsø. The musicians perform in several different constellations, from smalle chamber groups to symphony orchestra. The Arctic Philharmonics home base comprises the entire Northern Norway and the High North, thus Longyearbyen is a natural location for the northernmost professional orchestra.

The Arctic Chamber Music Festivals mission is to give you an exceptional experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. The contrasts of being here in Longyearbyen: the cold and the warmth, the nature outside and the indoor, the wilderness and the people - it will all make an impression on you. When we bring together art, dance and music of the highest quality combined with delicious food, made with skill and soul - we aim to give you an intense and enjoyable memory, that you will always carry with you... Welcome!

Arctic Philharmonic

Well north of the Arctic Circle, you will discover the world’s northernmost professional orchestral institution – the Arctic Philharmonic. Since our founding in 2009, the Arctic Philharmonic has become one of Northern Norway’s largest and most active cultural institutions.


The structure of the orchestra is unique and innovative – both in Norway and in the rest of the world. Located in two arctic cites, Bodø and Tromsø – and still with the whole northern region as its arena.


The High North with its nature and history is a strategic fundament for the Arctic Philharmonic. This is reflected in our programming work, the marketing and communications – and all the way to the concert experience. The arctic is the core in both the visual and the artistic profile.


The orchestra strives to be as raw and real as the surrounding nature, and each musician tries to reach the outer limits of their performance and communication with the audience. Together, they search for the perfect unison.

The orchestra presents somwhere around 150 performances and concerts each year, with the orchestra’s musicians alternating between different ensemble formats on a regular basis.


Arctic Chamber Music Festival 2019 - collaborative partners:

Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra

Svalbard Adventure Group /

Arctic Vibe A/S


Svalbard Museum


Longeyarbyen Lokalstyre


Norsk Polarinstitutt