My wife and I were surprised that we had to go through passport control at Tromso Airport to fly to Spitsbergen, but we were delighted that we booked the Svalbard Hotel. It is centrally located and relatively new (and clean).
The staff--especially Torill--were friendly and very helpful with booking activities. We chose a mountain hike (around $70 per person at current exchange rates), a PolarCirkel (Zodiac-like fast boat) 8-hour trip to Van Post Glacier (about $150) and a fossil hike ($70) in the snow.
Breakfast was across the street, but that was no problem. The hotel is close to all the shops, the super market and the so-so restaurants that seem to specialize in $30 hamburgers.
Most of the hotels in Longyearbyen charge between $250-300 per night, so the Svalbard Hotel was a bargain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brand new Svalbard Hotel consists of 17 double rooms, including 2 handicap-friendly rooms. The hotel also offers conference facilities for small groups. The hotel is situated in the city center, only a few meters from restaurants, bars shopping center and souvenir shops. Svalbard Lodge have modern apartments located in the centre of Longyearbyen. Only a few meters from restaurants, bars, shopping centre and souvenir shops. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Svalbard Hotel Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen