One of the best hotels in town and a Svalbard icon, the Radisson Blu offers comfortable, stylish accommodation and some of the best views in town. 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 Gastropub is the liveliest spot in town and Restaurant Nansen serves up a range of delicious Arctic game.
Expect Arctic fare with an Asian twist at Restaurant 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 Gastropub, which serves bar favourites from pizza to hot pots 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 Standard Rooms are stylish and ideal for couples, and come with free WiFi and a mini bar. If you're travelling with kids, however, go for a suite. Offering plenty of extra space, they feature a sofa bed for two extra guests and have superb views of Longyearbyen as well as coffee machines and complimentary capsules.
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 the hotel's sauna and Jacuzzis, restorative treats before going back out to chase the Northern Lights through the night.