One of the best hotels in town and a Svalbard icon, the Radisson Blu offers both traditional hotel rooms and serviced apartments, so guests can be flexible with their living arrangements. Here, luxury modern amenities line up alongside more timeless comforts such as an open fire in the lobby and a traditional sauna room, while the Barentz Pub is the liveliest spot in town and Restaurant Nansen serves up a range of delicious Arctic game.
Fine seasonal Arctic fare is served at Restaurant Brasseri Nansen, together with a fabulous view of the mountain of Hiortfjellet, so eating here is a spectacular experience in every way, often rounded off in front of the fireplace with a snifter of port or cognac. For a more informal dining experience, head for the local favourite Barentz Pub & Spiseri, which serves bar favourites from pizza to tapas alongside a bevy of beers and wines.
The first consideration in Spitsbergen is warmth after days spent in chilly temperatures, and the Radisson Blue offers that in all of its inviting and comfortable rooms. The Superior rooms and suites have the best views (and Nespresso coffee machines), while the apartments are best for extended stays, but all ensure plush beds and spacious bathtubs for long hot soaks.
In the vast open expanses of Arctic wilderness, you can try your hand at steering a dogsled, or delve deep into icy glacial caves. After all that, return to one of the nicest things at the Radisson, the swimming pool, perfect for relaxing in after a long day out on the ice, as is the sauna, restorative treats before going back out to chase the Northern Lights through the night.