This is a boutique hotel set in the wide snowy wastes of Svalbard. Once a strategic radio station it retains the dishes outside and odd bits of wiring inside to give it a special flavour. The hotel is comfy with excellent, albeit shared, showers and warm beds - all a perfect haven from the -18 degrees centigrade outside. Food is very good and interesting too. I liked the baked eggs with cheese and ham for breakfast along with toast and cloudberry jam. The staff are friendly and helpful and greet you on arrival carrying the obligatory gun in case of lurking polar bears. There really is nothing better than relaxing here with a glass of wine after a long day on the snowmobile looking out at the ice floes drifting across the ocean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated about 90 km west from Longyearbyen you can find our hotel Isfjord Radio. After a gratifying day of gliding over the glaciers, mountains, and frozen fjords by dogsled or snowmobile, or by an open boat safari across the Arctic Ocean, you’re home. This 1933 built solitude outpost for radio operators doesn’t look like much from the outside. As you enter, though, you’ll discover a different world. The contrast between the surrounding rough coastal landscape and the modern luxury hotel inside is a sight to behold. It is easy to forget where you are, but a quick dip in the Arctic Ocean will bring you back. Later in the evening, as you lay on your bed surrounded by the Arctic silence, you realize that it has been one of the best days of your life. Isfjord Radio is part of Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen, which operates day trips and expeditions from Basecamp Hotel and Trapper’s Station to Nordenskiold Lodge and Isfjord Radio. ... more less