​Hurtigruten opens upgraded Polar Hotel: High-end Hospitality in the High North

Polar Hotel

Exploring the pristine wilderness of Svalbard does not necessarily mean you have to cook dinner on your portable stove and spend the night in a tent. After immersing in the Arctic wilderness and maybe catching a glimpse of a polar bear, you can enjoy relaxed luxury at the 78th parallel.

The newly renovated, world’s northernmost full-service hotel, Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen in Longyearbyen offers premium accommodation and laid back gourmet dinners – all while still wearing your snowmobile gear if you feel like it. Family friendly with great views to Hiorthfjellet and the Advent Fjord.

The hotel merges unique and sustainable nature adventures with informal high-end hotel experiences. At the new Polar Hotel you’re more than welcome to wear your hiking clothes while enjoying your full-course dinner, says SVP Destinations in Hurtigruten, Thomas Westergaard.

Multi-million upgrade
Polar Hotel

The iconic hotel is a premium quality platform for experiencing what is probably the most unique destination of the Arctic. In February 2019 it reopened, after three months of multi-million renovation. The make-over includes 95 rooms, conference and meeting rooms, a lobby with fireplace, sauna and outdoor jacuzzi, a pub, and the fine dining restaurant.

The hotel restaurant, Restaurant Nansen, serves an Arctic-Asian fusion menu unique to Svalbard. The best Arctic produce is combined with delicious Asian flavours by passionate and highly innovative chefs. Imagine having home-made dumplings with a filling of snow crab or halibut while absorbing he Northern Lights outside the restaurant window.

Barentz Gastropub has a brand new menu and interior, and here you will find culinary experiences worthy of white tablecloths. The menu is full of delicious hotpots that will warm you straight back up after a long day out and about.

Longyearbyen – The world capital of northernmost’s
As a last stop before the North Pole and a former Arctic outpost, Svalbard is today home to about 2650 people, of which most live in Longyearbyen, the administration centre of the archipelago.

In addition to the new Polar Hotel, Svalbard also offers a large number of other world’s northernmost attractions, such as:
·         Local newspaper, Svalbardposten
·         Champagne cellar, The Old «Nordpolet»
·         University, UNIS – The University Centre in Svalbard
·         Bar, Barentz Gastropub at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel
·         Cross country ski marathon, Svalbard Skimaraton
·         Running marathon, Spitsbergen Marathon

Hurtigruten Svalbard offers accommodation, restaurants and unprecedented experiences in the wild. The adventure travel expert is a full-service provider of unique experiences, accommodation and dining, ranging from experiencing panoramic views from snow-covered glaciers, the sunset over soaring peaks, dog sledding, kayak paddling, hiking, ice-caving, skiing expeditions and more.

For more information visit: www.hurtigrutensvalbard.com/en/hotels/radisson-blu

Polar Hotel

Dog sledding under the northern lights –
an unforgettable adventure with Hurtigruten Svalbard.
Photo: Hurtigruten Svalbard

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