I have finally booked an expedition end of July with Basecamp-Spitsbergen company. I will be arriving 2 days earlier to the start of this expedition and looking for accomodation possibilities. I looked up the "Spitzbergen guesthouse" but it seems booked for the dates I need. The only other cheaper option I have is camping, near the airport. In this regard, could some one please help me answer the following questions:
1. Is camping an option for normal individuals who had no prior camping experience in such climates ?
2. Last year I was in Lofoten, with an idea to do Wild camping. However, the weather was very very rough and we ended up taking hotels/rorbu's which were pretty expensive, because of the last minute booking. Since Longyearbyen has very limited supply of Hotel rooms, I was wondering what happens if we decide for camping and the weather gets so bad that we could not manage to camp outside ? Any suggestions/experiences ?
3. If we decide to camp, and say the wind gets stormy, is there a temporary place where we could manage a night or so ? May be in the administrative part of the camping ground, just to wade off the very rough part of the weather ?
4. Finally, after our expedition is complete, and reaching Longyearbyen, our flight to Oslo is on the next day at 04:10. This is basically too early. So can we spend the short night in the airport itself, thereby saving the cost of a hotel room.
Sorry for the very long questions. All your inputs are highly appreciated.