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Reviewed December 13, 2010

I wanted to experience the Polar Night and after reading their webpage, wanted to stay in 'the roughest and most special hotel on Spitsbergen". It sounded interesting! Service was great even before we arrived. It was really easy communicating with the hotel via email and they were very helpful. Seeing the photos on the webpage I knew what to expect but it was still really cool to see all the different materials used to furnished the room and other areas of the hotel. Gave the place a rustic feel. Our room was really comfortable and I liked the wooden table and chairs and the view (well it was pitch black all day and night but we could see the outline of a mountain and the moon at 7am)from our room. We were lucky to have a natural fridge just outside our window so we could chill our duty free beers :)

Breakfast was good. I love that goats cheese! We made sure to eat as much as possible to save on needing to have a big lunch.

Staff was really helpful and informative. They managed to organise a taxi tour for us at short notice. Computer in the reception area was handy to check emails etc.

We also did a husky sledding tour with Basecamp. That was alot of fun. The guides were very patient and helpful especially when it looked like we were trying to break the record for the most falls off the sled whilst not letting go of the sled. The sled was on a steep slope and the dogs excited! :) The guides told us we weren't the worse they'd seen but I think they were just being polite! :) Pretty magical once we got going to be out in the wilderness in the polar night with our way lit by the reflection of the full moon!

Got to experience the Polar night as I had wanted, and the added bonus was having a full moon and clear skies. And the Trappers Hotel was a great experience as well.

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Reviewed November 20, 2010

We stayed for 4 nights in Nov 2010. Came to Longyearbyen in Winter in the hopes of seeing the Aurora. No such luck - but loved the hotel!
Rooms are spacious, rustic in style - lots of timber and stone. The photos probably explain better than words do. The bathroom (shower, no tub) had heated flooring and was delightfully warm (an appreciated considering it was -10C outside).
The staff could not have been nicer - very friendly and helpful.
Rate included Norwegian style buffet breakfast and was hearty enough and remained open until 10am. Found the best deal through myhotelguru.com
There is no restaurant in the hotel itself, but the other half of the building it occupies houses the Kroa licenced restaurant and the popular Svalbar (pub + food) is literally just across the road, 20 metres away. A supermarket is about 200m away and there are many shops in the vicinity.
One of the nicest features of the hotel is their Cognac Room, an attic with glass ceiling and plenty of comfy cushions and blankets.
I should mention that the rooms do not have TV, telephones, fridge, minibar or wardrobes, but we did not consider this to be a negative point. The hotel does have free WiFi.
All in all, despite freezing temperatures, 24 hours of darkness and no Aurora, we still loved our stay and would be only too happy to visit again one day.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 28, 2010

The Basecamp Trapper's Lodge is a unique hotel in Svalbard, it is anything but your standard hotel. It looks just like the pictures on the website.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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Stayed: July 2018, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: July 2018, traveled solo
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