Polar Hotel Reopens After Multimillion-Dollar Renovation

Photo: Agurtxane Concellon/Hurtigruten Svalbard

The newly renovated Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen in Longyearbyen offers premium accommodation. It recently re-opened after three months of multimillion-dollar renovation. Hurtigruten AS says it aims to merge unique and sustainable nature adventures with informal high-end hotel experiences.

Hurtigruten AS says it aims to merge unique and sustainable nature adventures with informal high-end hotel experiences 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's restaurant, Restaurant Nansen, serves an Arctic-Asian fusion menu unique to Svalbard. Arctic produce is combined with Asian flavors.


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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 center of the archipelago.

Hurtigruten Svalbard offers accommodation, restaurants and experiences in the wild. The adventure travel expert is a full-service provider of 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.

In addition to the new Polar Hotel, Svalbard also offers other attractions, such as:

  • Local newspaper, Svalbardposten
  • Champagne cellar, The Old Nordpolet
  • University, UNIS - The University Center in Svalbard
  • Bar, Barentz Gastropub at the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel
  • Cross country ski marathon, Svalbard Skimaraton
  • Running marathon, Spitsbergen Marathon

Recently, Hurtigruten has been adding new expedition cruise ships to its fleet, having nearly finished sea trials for MS Roald Amundsen: the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship.

For more information, visit https://www.radissonblu.com

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