Land Based Accommodation
Accommodation is included on all of our overnight Arctic adventures and the quality of hospitality on offer is exceptional. Offering once in a lifetime experiences, each lodge or hotel offers something unique and these basecamps are fundamental to adding to the thrilling experience of an Arctic trip.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Longyearbyen
Located on Norway’s largest island, and only 1,300 kilometres from the North Pole, the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel, Longyearbyen invites guests to discover a striking Arctic world, in all of its snow-covered brilliance.
Keep the chill at bay in one of the 95 cosy and comfortable en-suite rooms and suites, or embrace the invigorating snowfall with activities such as dog sledding or snowmobile safaris. Experience the stunning skyline of the dark polar night in the winter, or bask in the 4 months of dazzling sunlight during the summer. After an unforgettable day of Arctic adventure, thaw out those chilly bones in the deluxe sauna with adjacent relaxation room and outdoor Jacuzzis, then head over to Barentz Pub & Spiseri to unwind with a perfectly mixed cocktail and bar meals. The hotel features the Nansen restaurant with a-la-carte menu and superb views. There is free wifi for guests.
Coal Miners’ Cabins
Coal Miners' Cabins offers reasonably priced accommodation. It is located in Nybyen, in the upper part of the Longyear valley and within easy reach of mountains and glaciers about 10 minutes walking distance from the town. The place is an excellent starting point for hiking, skiing and snowmobile trips during summer and winter.
There are 73 single and double rooms with a total of 146 beds, plus two suites with capacity for four people, and one suite with capacity for two people. Rooms are at various prices and with different designs and every guest house has a kitchen, lounge area, laundry room and shared bathrooms. Breakfast is served in the bar & grill where you'll also find reception, a gift shop, TV and free WIFI.
With modern comfort in historic surroundings, Spitsbergen Hotel offers a unique Svalbard experience. Situated on "The Hill", it gives you great views of Longyearbyen and the Lars- and Longyear glacier.
The hotel was originally built as an accommodation and dining area for employees of Store Norske Spitsbergen Coal Company and retains many historical features reflected in its rooms and public areas. There are 88 rooms plus 5 suites and superior rooms. All rooms have a coffee machine, bathrobes and slippers. Spitsbergen Hotel is a non-smoking hotel and offers free WiFi. Funktionærmessen Restaurant was opened in the Spring of 2000, and has a fantastic view of the town, the Longyear Glacier and Hiorthfjellet on the far side of the Adventfjord.
The Basecamp Hotel is without doubt Longyearbyen's most unique and interesting hotel. Set amongst restaurants, pubs and shops this eco-lodge is situated right in the heart of Longyearbyen and is the departure point of the vast majority of our Arctic adventure trips. What makes the Basecamp Hotel so unique is the stunning decor which adorns each room and the beautiful views on offer make this the perfect location to relax and unwind after a day of adventure.
The Basecamp Hotel has 16 rooms and can accommodate more than 40 people. Each bedroom in the hotel is decorated in traditional trapper style and no two rooms are the same. Despite its rustic authenticity the Basecamp Hotel offers comfortable, high quality accommodation that is second to none. There is wireless internet available in all rooms and all rooms offer beautiful views over the town and towards the mountains surrounding the valley of Longyeardalen.
The beautiful eco-lodge of Isfjord Radio offers an unprecedented luxury one might not expect from such a remote location. The only full-scale boutique hotel outside of Longyearbyen, this converted radio station offers high standard accommodation that focuses on quality and comfort with a unique cozy atmosphere. Located 90km west of Longyearbyen this hotel was originally a remote radio station and has now been recently renovated and tastefully decorated to serve as the perfect base for your Arctic adventure.
With 23 rooms and accommodation for 49 guests, what makes this boutique hotel even more special is the fantastic hospitality on offer, including the fully licensed bar and high quality food to warm your insides after a day in the Arctic wilderness. This stylish hotel at the top of the world offers a calm and relaxing atmosphere and even has its own sauna where you can warm up after a day of adventure. With views over the Arctic Ocean towards Greenland you can enjoy a hot chocolate on the terrace as you embrace the Arctic silence or wrap up beside the luxurious fireplace and indulge yourself in the real Arctic experience.
Newly opened in 2012 the Nordenskiöld Lodge eco-cabin is the northernmost cabin hotel in Spitsbergen. Located far away from civilisation the Nordenskiöld Lodge offers a true Arctic experience and is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of Arctic adventures. Surrounded by the magnificent Nordenskiöld Glacier, Nordenskiöld Lodge is a true expedition lodge right in the middle of the arctic.
With no running water or electricity, visitors to the Lodge experience the ultimate in Arctic adventure accommodation. Visitors will, with the help of the hosts, use wood to heat up the cabin and get their drinking water from the melting glacier nearby. Despite the lack of modern luxuries the Nordenskiöld Lodge offers extremely comfortable accommodation and the decor is modern, welcoming and relaxing. All 5 bedrooms offer fantastic Arctic views and breakfast can be enjoyed on the terrace as you enjoy the Arctic silence and the watch polar bears, or warm up in the Finnish sauna that is a must for every visitor.
The Trapper's Station was opened in 2000 and offers a unique opportunity for catering and accommodation in the Arctic. Designed as a complete replica of an old trapper's station the lodge is home to 80 Alaskan Huskies trained for sledding, and everything about the station is designed to allow the guest to see and feel how trappers really lived in the wilderness. The buildings are designed to look and feel like original hunting communities in Spitsbergen, including the lack of running water, and with original artefacts and equipment on display you can get a real sense of the history surrounding the station.
Situated about 10 km from the edge of Longyearbyen in Bolterdalen, The Trapper's Station can house 4 overnight guests but should there be more guests there is a Gamma, which is a wooden tepee hut, where guests can sleep on reindeer skin and in sleeping bags. Something else which makes this accommodation so wonderful and unique is the exceptional food and catering on offer. At Trapper's Station dinner is a celebration that takes you through four courses of Arctic foods and flavours and is a step back in time to how a traditional trapper would once have lived and ate.
Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge
This unique wilderness lodge and world-class beluga whale observation site is located on Somerset Island in Nunavut, Canada, 500 miles (805 km) north of the Arctic Circle.
The lodge offers guests fully guided opportunities for diverse adventure activities, and extraordinary polar photography thanks to 24 hours of daylight. Observe the elusive musk ox, polar bear and more wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy comfortable accommodations and superb food
This is a family-run basecamp, hosted by arctic enthusiasts Josée Auclair and her husband, Richard Weber, along with their two sons, Tessum and Nansen. They are distinguished across the Canadian High Arctic as polar experts, particularly in Nunavut, and specialize in North Pole and arctic tourism.
Mary Ann’s Polarrigg
A different kind of hotel - offering the opportunity to sleep like the miners who founded this remote community. Everywhere you look on the walls you’ll see pictures, newspaper clippings and stories about the people who founded this place and this very special community. Authentic, quirky and utterly in keeping with Longyearbyen.
There are several different room types; Gruveriggen are simple standard rooms, where bathrooms are shared and Luxsusriggen are the rooms with your own private bath, with the option of family rooms which sleep four people. Also there is also a suite, with a larger bed and its very own hot tub and finally the apartments, with either one or two bedrooms and private kitchens. For everyone else there is a shared kitchen and living room. The Mining Rig is the main building and it is also where you will find the reception and a large, comfortable TV lounge.
Service is informal and quite friendly, all supervised by the owner, Mary-Ann Dahle, who is the former cleaning lady! She insists the kitchen is never closed, and guests are free to use it to cater for themselves. Every morning they serve a traditional Scandinavian breakfast and in the evening the menu is filled with arctic food such as reindeer, seal, whale, cod, and traditional dishes from the north of Norway - they only serve free range meat and fish caught in the wild. The Aurora Spa offers treatments from surprisingly good therapists.
A surprising and charming place to stay.
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