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Experience Arctic wilderness on a holiday to Svalbard

The Svalbard Islands are located midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. With its Arctic climate and largely untouched nature, it is a wonderful place to visit for those seeking adventure, as they will get to go on expeditions, dogsledding or cross-country skiing in the winter, or go kayaking or on a fossil hunt in the summer.

Dogsledding is one of the most popular activities for visitors to Svalbard. Here, you can let strong husky dogs drag your sled across the beautiful arctic landscape and get a true sense of how powerful nature can be on these islands. Some of the tours will have special themes such as the northern lights, ice cave visits or the Ship in the Ice (Båten i isen), a permanently ice-bound ship which has been turned into a restaurant. You can also go dogsledding in the summer in a wheeled cart.

The seasons in Svalbard are full of contrasts. With the winter comes the dark polar night, while the summer is characterised by the beautiful midnight sun. Both of these can be very exotic experiences, but there is little that measures up to going kayaking on a sunny summer’s night. Another exciting summer activity is going on a fossil hunt. There are large numbers of fossils in Svalbard and you will get to find remnants of animals and plants that lived millions of years ago.

Although Svalbard is first and foremost a place for nature experiences, Longyearbyen, the biggest town on the islands, is a lively place. This is despite its low population – it only has approximately 2000 inhabitants. The town has several bars and restaurants, including the world’s northernmost sushi restaurant.

Most people who choose to travel to Svalbard will arrive in Longyearbyen on a plane from Oslo or Tromsø, even though cruise ships often stop by the islands. It is important to remember that the Arctic nature in Svalbard is fragile and can also be dangerous. It therefore has its own laws when it comes to nature conservation and protection. Read up on them in advance, and you will get an unforgettable holiday on the edge of the world.


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Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen SG$192
Reviewed on 14 Jul,2019
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Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen

Vei 229-3, Longyearbyen
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Hotel is centrally placed, breakfast very good, has nice bar and restaurant area with good views. Sitting area in the main building is a little limited as its used by most of the cruise agencies and often is full. Overall the hotel is expensive (but then so is Norway and Svalbard) but it was a good ...

    Coal Miners Cabins SG$124
    Reviewed on 15 Sep,2019
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    Coal Miners Cabins

    Coal Miners Cabins

    Vei 100-6, Longyearbyen
       
      3.9 of 5
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Basic room but clan and in good state of repair Food is good in the bar but menu is meat heavy Staff were pleasant and helpful

      Mary-Ann's Polarrigg SG$151
      Reviewed on 7 Jul,2019
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      Mary-Ann's Polarrigg

      Mary-Ann's Polarrigg

      Longyearbyen, Longyearbyen
         
        4.0 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Loved this quirky hotel with lots of history and character. It is a converted mine barracks with lots of original photos and mining gear. It has a restaurant and bar on site. The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to make your trip the best. Very convenient to the city center as well. ...

        Funken Lodge SG$212
        Reviewed on 9 Jul,2019
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        Funken Lodge

        Funken Lodge

        Longyearbyen, Longyearbyen
           
          4.6 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Funken Lodge is a great hotel. Excellent service, lovely rooms and bathrooms. The bar is a great place to relax and the food in the restaurant is excellent. Highly recommended.

          Svalbard Hotell | Polfareren SG$168
          Reviewed on 2 Sep,2019
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          Svalbard Hotell | Polfareren

          Svalbard Hotell | Polfareren

          Postboks 538, Longyearbyen, Svalbard
             
            4.6 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Lovely stay at Polfareren for our honeymoon. The location was excellent, staff very friendly and helpful, and the facilities great. We will be coming back as soon as possible.

            Gjestehuset 102 - Hostel SG$108
            Reviewed on 30 Aug,2019
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            Gjestehuset 102 - Hostel

            Gjestehuset 102 - Hostel

            Svalbard Wildlife Eiendom AS, Nybyen, Longyearbyen
               
              4.1 of 5
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Had two one night stays at this property either side of a cruise and I can recommend it, especially for those wanting an alternative to the expensive hotels. It is not extremely central but an easy enough walk into town. Rooms felt a bit cramped but overall okay. Bathrooms were usually available ...

              Svalbard Hotell | The Vault SG$165
              Reviewed on 7 Aug,2019
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              Svalbard Hotell | The Vault

              Svalbard Hotell | The Vault

              Vei 507-01, Longyearbyen
                 
                4.6 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Building was near new and all in excellent condition Staff were most helpful with transport details etc Location was close to main town square & shops etc Breakfast were great & on-site evening sushi restraint was great & convenient.

                Polar Fox Long Term Accommodation
                Polar Fox Long Term Accommodation

                Polar Fox Long Term Accommodation

                Near Coal Miners Cabin, Longyearbyen, Svalbard
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Longyearbyen, this hostel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Svalbard Museum, Svalbard Church and Svalbard Kirke. University Centre in Svalbard and Spitsbergen Airship Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).