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Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel is around 90km west of the town of Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Archipelago. It is situated at the mouth of the Isfjorden and with no road access it is only accessible during the months between February and October.
No matter how you get to Isfjord Radio it is an adventure in itself, choose from an authentic dogsledding experience or more modern snowmobile in winter or a boat safari from Longyearbyen in the summer. A stay at this hotel works particularly well if combined with one of its sister properties of Basecamp Hotel, the Trappers Station or Nordenskiöld Lodge.
Stays at Isfjord Radio can be for as long as five days and there are numerous activities to keep you entertained and to the explore the local area. At the lodge, it wouldn’t feel like a true Scandinavian experience without a sauna, this is a special experience and with every aspect of Isfjord Radio it has been customised to make the most of the stunning scenery. As such you will find a huge wall to wall window, so you won’t miss the fulmars flying past or possibly a seal or beluga in the fjord. For a true arctic experience test the frigid waters before warming up in the sauna.
Day trips from Isfjord include boat safaris to nearby glaciers and large breeding colonies of sea birds, a visit to the ancient soviet mining town of Barentsburg and nature hikes. You have a good chance of spotting some iconic arctic wildlife in this remote corner of Spitsbergen and because of the risk from polar bears it is necessary to move around outside with an armed guide.
The hotel was founded 10 years ago but originally, as the name suggests, it was a radio link between mainland Norway and Svalbard, housing permanent staff year around.
Nowadays, it features 22 rooms with an uncluttered but functional and inviting design. Brushed concrete and neutral tones echo the harsh environment beyond the lodge and from the large windows in each room you might be lucky enough to spot a reindeer browsing, an arctic fox searching for food or maybe even a polar bear who have been know to visit the lodge on occasions, even having raided the store room in the past!
The rooms are in two separate houses each with their own toilets and showers, then there is a main building with the communal dining room, living room, a library and of course the incredible sauna is right on the coast with views towards the Forlandet Islands and to the Isfjorden.
Dining room, library, living room, sauna, swimming in arctic waters, boat trips, nature hikes, visits to local landmarks
Dining takes place communally in the main and the menu are strongly linked to the seasonal bounties available from the local environment, this could include mushrooms, seaweed, ptarmigan, reindeer, arctic char, cod and even seal.
Not only has this lodge gained certification for their environmental efforts from Eco-Lighthouse but we are also particularly impressed by their local and sustainable food initiatives. The lodge uses local trappers who use traditional trapping methods on nearby islands to obtain sustainable and local ingredients for the menu at Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel, throughout the seasons.
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