Hurtigruten’s Radisson Blu Offers Northern Luxury For The Adventurous

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Enjoying refined luxury and exploring rugged landscapes need not be mutually exclusive, at least not at the newly renovated Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen in the Norwegian town of Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in the Svalbard archipelago and the last stop before the North Pole.

The hotel is owned by a division of Hurtigruten, the expanding cruise line that began by offering postal boat service along the Norwegian coast – and still does.

Exploring the pristine wilderness of Svalbard does not necessarily need to involve a portable stove and a sleeping mat. After exploring the rugged Arctic wilderness -- and maybe even catching a glimpse of a polar bear or the Northern Lights -- guests can enjoy relaxed luxury at the Radisson.

“We aim to merge unique and sustainable nature adventures with informal high-end hotel experiences. At the new Polar Hotel, you kick off your shoes before entering the restaurant and you’re more than welcome to wear your hiking clothes while enjoying your full-course dinner,” says SVP Destinations in Hurtigruten, Thomas Westergaard.

The Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen recently re-opened after three months of multi-million renovation. The make-over includes 95 rooms, conference and meeting rooms, a lobby with fireplace, sauna and outdoor jacuzzi, a pub, and the fine dining Arctic-Asian fusion restaurant, Nansen.

“The best Arctic produce is combined with delicious Asian flavours by our passionate and highly innovative chefs,” says Westergaard. “Imagine having home-made dumplings with a filling of snow crab or halibut while absorbing he Northern Lights outside the restaurant window.”