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    Svalbard Hotel Travel Guide

    Fiercely protected, all but unspoiled, Svalbard sits near the top of the world; it is the last bastion of civilized land before the ice floes of the North Pole. Lodgings are few here, so to find cheap hotel deals in Svalbard, it's best to use Expedia. If you have ever had the urge to attend the world's northernmost church or see where Bill Gates, the Rockefeller Foundation, Monsanto, DuPont and the Norwegian government have cooperated to build the bomb-proof, so-called Doomsday Seed Vault deep in the Arctic permafrost, there are special rooms for you in Svalbard hotels.

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    While Svalbard may indeed be one of the world's true outposts, the main island of the archipelago, Spitsbergen, features a small airport. Travel to Svalbard is on the rise. Research operations and tourism have replaced whaling and coal mining as the main industries on the islands. More and more travelers are looking to book a cheap Svalbard hotel deal for the opportunity to see polar bears and reindeer meander around the tundra, arctic terns and guillemots silhouette before the midnight sun, and walrus shuck clams on the beds of the Barents Sea. That said, you'll be so far north, neither Vikings nor Inuit ever bothered, or dared, to colonize these islands.

    Two-thirds of Svalbard is national park or wildlife sanctuary and covered by glaciers. You'll see very few cars, no matter how far apart the hotels in Svalbard are located; To get from place to place, you take a small plane, boat, or snowmobile. Visitors can make reservations for all of these vehicles at discount rates as part of their Svalbard hotel packages.

    Svalbard hotel deals make popular stopovers for expeditions bound for the North Pole. However, some hardy people live on Spitsbergen, principally in Longyearbyen, year round. The town features a movie theater, university, bank, several museums, library, and a public pool. The Russian settlement of Barentsburg has similar features as well as a souvenir shop with affordable prices on Arctic folk arts and handmade goods.

    Svalbard tourists tend to be environmentalists, and they most frequently visit Longyearbyen. Kayaking the glacial rivers, hiking the tundra, and exploring the icy geodes of the glacier caves represent the most popular activities. Snowmobile and dog sled safaris are always in demand too.

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    Hotels in Spitsbergen

    Mary-Ann's Polarrigg - Longyearbyen Hotels
    Rating: 2.5 Stars

    Mary-Ann's Polarrigg

    Longyearbyen, Longyearbyen - Map
     
     
    "Quirky Hotel - Great fun! "
    Absolutely loved this quirky hotel at the end of the world. The facilities are excellent, rooms warm and comfortable. Restaurant is good but has a limited menu. Decor is simply amazing and the outside totally belies the inside. This was an old mining camp and Mary-Anne (who still runs it) has done a fantastic job in turning it into a hotel. We loved the fact that we could choose to eat at the welcoming restaurant, where the staff could not be friendlier, or use the little kitchen to prepare our own meal. The bar is well stocked and cosy and invites you to linger. We had a lovely en-suite room with modern bathroom but there are also hostel type rooms. The town is a short walk where there is a small supermarket, restaurants and shops. Good outdoor clothing at excellent prices. The whole is island duty free and the perfect place to get your gear if you are heading off to the Arctic.
    A Traveller
    Situated in Longyearbyen, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University Centre in Svalbard, Svalbard Church, and Svalbard Museum.More
    Coal Miners` Cabin - Longyearbyen Hotels
    Rating: 2.0 Stars

    Coal Miners` Cabin

    Veg 100-6, Longyearbyen - Map
     
     
    "Good affordable hotel "
    Very friendly and helpful staff. The food in the bar is good and the drinks are reasonably priced (by Norwegian standards! ). The room was basic but clean. The blackout blind wasn't great and would benefit from being a tighter fit to the wall, but the bathroom facilities were good and having a kitchen gives you the option to save some money by self catering. I really enjoyed my stay and certainly stay again.
    Traveller from C
    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Svalbard Museum, Svalbard Church, and University Centre in …More
    Scandic Partner Spitsbergen Hotel - Longyearbyen Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Scandic Partner Spitsbergen Hotel

    Longyearbyen, Longyearbyen - Map
     
     
    "Nice hotel. Excellent staff."
    Nice hotel. Liked the location. Rooms were a bit outdated. But very clean. Staff was super friendly and helpful. I would recommend this hotel and definitely stay there if I am in the area again.
    A Traveller
    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Svalbard Museum and Svalbard Church. University Centre in …More

    Hotels in Longyearbyen

    Mary-Ann's Polarrigg - Longyearbyen Hotels
    Rating: 2.5 Stars

    Mary-Ann's Polarrigg

    Longyearbyen, Longyearbyen - Map
     
     
    "Quirky Hotel - Great fun! "
    Absolutely loved this quirky hotel at the end of the world. The facilities are excellent, rooms warm and comfortable. Restaurant is good but has a limited menu. Decor is simply amazing and the outside totally belies the inside. This was an old mining camp and Mary-Anne (who still runs it) has done a fantastic job in turning it into a hotel. We loved the fact that we could choose to eat at the welcoming restaurant, where the staff could not be friendlier, or use the little kitchen to prepare our own meal. The bar is well stocked and cosy and invites you to linger. We had a lovely en-suite room with modern bathroom but there are also hostel type rooms. The town is a short walk where there is a small supermarket, restaurants and shops. Good outdoor clothing at excellent prices. The whole is island duty free and the perfect place to get your gear if you are heading off to the Arctic.
    A Traveller
    Situated in Longyearbyen, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University Centre in Svalbard, Svalbard Church, and Svalbard Museum.More
    Coal Miners` Cabin - Longyearbyen Hotels
    Rating: 2.0 Stars

    Coal Miners` Cabin

    Veg 100-6, Longyearbyen - Map
     
     
    "Good affordable hotel "
    Very friendly and helpful staff. The food in the bar is good and the drinks are reasonably priced (by Norwegian standards! ). The room was basic but clean. The blackout blind wasn't great and would benefit from being a tighter fit to the wall, but the bathroom facilities were good and having a kitchen gives you the option to save some money by self catering. I really enjoyed my stay and certainly stay again.
    Traveller from C
    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Svalbard Museum, Svalbard Church, and University Centre in …More
    Scandic Partner Spitsbergen Hotel - Longyearbyen Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Scandic Partner Spitsbergen Hotel

    Longyearbyen, Longyearbyen - Map
     
     
    "Nice hotel. Excellent staff."
    Nice hotel. Liked the location. Rooms were a bit outdated. But very clean. Staff was super friendly and helpful. I would recommend this hotel and definitely stay there if I am in the area again.
    A Traveller
    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Svalbard Museum and Svalbard Church. University Centre in …More