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Isfjord Radio

This historical radio station in Svalbard has been transformed to a luxurious hotel with a gourmet kitchen, far into the arctic wilderness.

© Kirsti Ikonen

An archipelago outpost

This 1933 built solitude outpost for radio operators doesn’t look like much from the outside. As you enter, though, you’ll discover a different world. The contrast between the surrounding rough coastal landscape and the modern luxury hotel inside is a sight to behold. It is easy to forget where you are, but a quick dip in the Arctic Ocean will bring you back.

Just like the original residents of the outpost, decades ago, you’ll gather around the table for dinner, a journey of tastes from the Arctic: smoked seal, whale, halibut with roe butter, and reindeer sausage. Most of the meat here is hunted by one of the three trappers left in Spitsbergen, then prepared in Isfjord Radio’s modern kitchen by top chefs to a standard that would please even the toughest food critic.

Later in the evening, as you lay on your bed surrounded by the Arctic silence, you realize that it has been one of the best days of your life.

Rooms are modern, fresh and the beds are super comfy. The facilities such as showers and toilets are shared at Isfjord Radio however they are sparkling clean, beautifully decorated and as the accommodation is split between 3 buildings you will not be waiting to use them.

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