The festival

Experience Svalbard at it's very best. Surrounded by the majestic nature, taste great local food and enjoy classical music performed by world class musicians. We welcome you to four intensive days in June - join us at the northernmost classical musical festival in the world: Arctic Chamber Music Festival.

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

This years festival is during Arctic summer. In the days between 6th and 9th June, Longyearbyen will once again be filled with classical music.

The Arctic Philharmonic is the orchestra that forms a base for the whole festival. The orchestra has a unique structure as it’s based in two Norwegian cities, Bodø and Tromsø. The musicians perform in several different constellations, from small chamber groups to symphony orchestra. The Arctic Philharmonic’s home base comprises the entire Northern Norway and High North, thus Longyearbyen is a natural location for the world’s northernmost professional orchestra.

We are proud to present top notch soloists at the top of the world. Our special guests this year are Eldbjørg Hemsing (violin), Henning Kraggerud (violin), Imogen Cooper (piano) and Adrian Brendel (cello).

Eldbjørg Hemsing
Henning Kraggerud
Imogen Cooper
Adrian Brendel

The Arctic Chamber Music Festival’s 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 being indoors, the wilderness and the people – will all make an impression on you. When we combine art, dance and music of the highest quality 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!

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Real arctic passion!

Arctic Philharmonic

Well north of the Arctic Circle, you will discover the world’s northernmost professional orchestral institution – the Arctic Philharmonic. Since founded 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

Arctic Vibe A/S


Svalbard Museum


Longeyarbyen Lokalstyre

Longyearbyen Fotoklubb


Norsk Polarinstitutt

Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum / Kunsthall Svalbard


Arctic Frontiers

Store Norske Spitsbergen Kullkompani

Longyearbyen Blandakor

Supported by:

SNN Samfunnsløftet #fornordnorge

Thanks to:

Our good helpers along the way - and our wonderful volunteers.

Photo: Marcela Cardenas