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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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Coal Miners Cabins SG$106
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

    Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen SG$314
    Reviewed on 22 Feb,2020
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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

      Good hotel in good location. Hotel clean and provides all basic needs. Located close to town centre.

      Mary-Ann's Polarrigg SG$245
      Reviewed on 1 Nov,2019
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      Mary-Ann's Polarrigg

      Mary-Ann's Polarrigg

      Longyearbyen, Longyearbyen
         
        4.1 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        The heated floors in the restaurant were great and unexpected.

        Svalbard Hotell | The Vault SG$288
        Reviewed on 28 Dec,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

          Great place to stay when visiting Longyearbyen - very central (walk to supermarket and restaurants in minutes), rooms well equipped, and live aurora forcast on room TVs....very handy indeed!

          Funken Lodge SG$340
          Reviewed on 16 Oct,2019
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          Funken Lodge

          Funken Lodge

          Longyearbyen, Longyearbyen
             
            4.7 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Very cool hotel, but amazingly bad service in the breakfast area. Nice setup but they do not manage to finish the service delivery. Waiters are checking their phone more then the guests. Maintenance in the windows are bad.... But the product is very fresh and cool. Best place to stay in Longyearbyen, ...

            Gjestehuset 102 - Hostel SG$214
            Reviewed on 23 Nov,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

              I’ve been staying there for my second time. I love that place! It’s silent, away form those fancy hotels in the middle of Longyearbyen and also just a few steps away from an awesome spot without light pollution. I’ll be back in Svalbard with a small crew to make a documentary and hope to stay there ...

              Svalbard Hotell | Polfareren SG$325
              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.

                Basecamp Spitsbergen Hotel SG$522
                Reviewed on 8 Feb,2020
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                Basecamp Spitsbergen Hotel

                Basecamp Spitsbergen Hotel

                Longyearbyen, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Super hyggeligt hotel . Meget venlig og hjælpsom personale. Lækker morgenmad. Et stort plus der er altid te og kaffe. Et lille minus sengene er meget bløde. Alt i alt et besøg vær. Masser af charme.