The Spitsbergen Guesthouse

We stay in the Spitsbergen Guesthouse, one of the 3 accommodations of Spitsbergen Travel (they also own the Radisson Blu Hotel and the Spitsbergen Hotel). The Spitsbergen Guesthouse is located in Nybyen (= New Town), an old miner town just outside Longyearbyen. Nybyen was founded as a post-war settlement and offered accommodation, a Stormessa (the…

Destination: end of the world

“Ladies and gentlemen, we have to wait before the snow brigade has cleaned the runaway before we can take off”. This was the announcement the SAS-pilot made before flying us to Longyearbyen. Our flight already had been delayed due to the bad weather conditions. As we were heading to 78° North, at 1200 km of…

Meet Dirk, the northernmost penguin

We are back. Back from 78° North, back from Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen/Svalbard, back from the place “next to the North Pole”. Also known as the northernmost settlement with the northernmost post office, the northernmost church, (commercial) airport, ATM, post office … The city with more snow scooters than inhabitants. The city with polar nights and midnight suns.…