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