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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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
Great location in the middle of town. Helpful staff and very clean tidy rooms. Great breakfast too!