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The Trapper’s Station is not your usual accommodation choice. It is open all year and located around 10km away from the town of Longyearbyen which is the largest town on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard Archipelago and it is about as close to feeling like an 18th century trapper as possible.
It is home to around 100 huskies which are trained mushing dogs for pulling sleds/buggies through the harsh terrain. Why not consider linking a stay with the sister properties of Nordenskiöld Lodge, Isfjord Radio or Basecamp Hotel.
Trappers came to this region in the past searching to seal and reindeer to make their fortune and the Trapper’s Station is a replica of the accommodation they would have used. You can also find many pictures, books, artifacts and even hunting equipment and around the bonfire in the evening staff will regale you with stories of the trails and tribulations of trappers coming to Svalbard.
Accommodation is in a traditional ‘gamma’, which is a wooden teepee while up to a hundred dogs keep guard outside. One of the highlights of staying here is interacting with the dogs, which are so integral to life in the arctic. Depending on the time of year you may have even used a dog sled or dog buggy to reach the Trapper’s Station. Far enough away from any light pollution it is the perfect place for the northern lights or for the equally impressive midnight sun after April 19th.