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Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
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Svalbard Holiday: coronavirus information

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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 £181
Reviewed on 1 Mar 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

    Only 1 person checking us in at 3am when probably 10 couple got off bus. Central heating system not working or not working very well (told heating guy not working at weekend but did not improve on Monday or Tuesday morning). At times during our stay it got down to -30c outside.

    Funken Lodge £198
    Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020
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    Funken Lodge

    Funken Lodge

    Longyearbyen, Longyearbyen
       
      4.7 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      We enjoyed our stay over a long weekend. Hard to have a bad location in Svalbard, but it is a short walk to stores and other restaurants. The staff was extremely helpful providing information and recommendations during our stay. We had a fantastic meal at the Funktionærmessen restaurant our first ...

      Svalbard Hotell | Polfareren £193
      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 £152
        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.

          Mary-Ann's Polarrigg £143
          Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020
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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 stay was great and the staff was amazing. If we come back, we would like to stay here. Bojana took great care of us.

            Gjestehuset 102 - Hostel £106
            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 ...

              Coal Miners Cabins £100
              Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020
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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

                Lovely place to stay as a family to explore Svalbard, with great views over Longyearbyen

                Svalbard Hotell | The Vault £176
                Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020
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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 location in the middle of town. Helpful staff and very clean tidy rooms. Great breakfast too!

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