Everyone who worked here was friendly and helpful. Breakfast was good, and included goblets of black currants and make-your-own waffles. The beds (twin and bunk) were comfortable, and the triple room was spacious and had appealing décor. The downtown location was excellent, right between a good restaurant (Kroa) and Svalbar, a nice place for a light (i.e., cheaper) meal. The sitting area by the front desk has coffee, tea, and biscuits, and is a comfortable place to read and to meet fellow travelers.
Note that although Basecamp Spitsbergen has other facilities, Trapper’s Hotel is its only location in Longyearbyen and most locals refer to it as Basecamp.
Trapper’s Hotel reflects Svalbard’s history of explorers and trappers: lots of sealskin seat covers, a stuffed arctic fox, and a polar bear rug hanging on the wall. If that bothers you, Svalbard might not be the best destination.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Basecamp Hotel is situated right at the heart of Longyearbyen, among restaurants, pubs, shops and bank. It is absolutely Longyearbyen's most amazing hotel; decorated in traditional trapper's style with driftwood, sealskins, pictures and objects that illustrate the past and current trappers' life in the Arctic. Despite its rusticity, Basecamp Hotel offers high quality accommodation with unique style! Basecamp Hotel is part of Basecamp Explorer Spitsbergen, which operates day trips and expeditions to Isfjord Radio, Trapper’s Station and Nordenskiöld Lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Basecamp Hotel Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard