Family hotels in Longyearbyen

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Welcome to Longyearbyen, a unique and enchanting Arctic destination perfect for families seeking extraordinary experiences. Home to fascinating attractions, stunning landscapes, and boundless adventures, there's something to captivate all ages in this remarkable town.

No matter if your family prefers modern comforts or the allure of rustic charm, you'll find the perfect base to explore this once-in-a-lifetime destination. Continue reading to discover all that Longyearbyen has to offer, and make your family holiday truly memorable.

Things to do

From the rich history of Longyearbyen's coal-mining heritage to the unspoiled beauty of the Arctic landscape, there is an abundance of family-friendly experiences to enjoy in this remarkable town. Here are some suggestions to inspire your next adventure.

Begin your journey with a visit to the world-renowned Svalbard Museum, where the whole family can delve into the fascinating history of Longyearbyen and learn about the region's unique ecology. Continue your cultural exploration by taking a guided tour of the town's landmarks, such as the historic Mine 1a, the iconic wooden houses, and the global research institutions that make Longyearbyen a hub of innovation.

Immerse yourselves in the enchanting Arctic landscape with guided wildlife watching tours, where you may encounter polar bears, reindeer, and walruses in their natural habitats. For those seeking more active pursuits, the whole family can take part in thrilling outdoor activities like hiking, dog sledding, glacier climbing, snowmobiling, and sea kayaking.

Finally, cherish the breathtaking natural phenomena that define Longyearbyen's distinct seasonal rhythms: the ethereal midnight sun during the summer months and the awe-inspiring aurora borealis, commonly known as the northern lights, during the winter season.

When to visit

Longyearbyen, as an Arctic treasure, has its own unique charm throughout the year. Deciding when to visit will depend on the activities and experiences you want to share with your family, as well as the natural wonders that make this town so magical.

Summer (mid-May to August) is ideal for wildlife watching, enjoying the mesmerising midnight sun, and participating in outdoor activities like hiking and kayaking. If you prefer the wonders of the polar night, winter (October to February) offers the fascinating northern lights, alongside exhilarating experiences like dog sledding and snowmobiling. However, do be prepared for chilly temperatures and snowy conditions at any time of year, and always prioritise school holidays to avoid missing out on essential family time.

JAN
-7.3°
-11.8°
37mm
8 days
FEB
-7.8°
-12.3°
30mm
8 days
MAR
-9.2°
-13.8°
35mm
9 days
APR
-5.6°
-10.7°
23mm
8 days
MAY
-0.5°
-3.2°
24mm
8 days
JUN
3.9°
1.8°
25mm
7 days
JUL
8.8°
5.7°
44mm
12 days
AUG
7.2°
4.6°
55mm
12 days
SEP
3.8°
1°
66mm
13 days
OCT
-0.8°
-3.9°
37mm
11 days
NOV
-3.4°
-7.8°
44mm
11 days
DEC
-5.8°
-10.1°
41mm
10 days

Things you'll love...

  • Experience the world's northernmost settlement with unique Arctic landscapes and thrilling outdoor activities.
  • Explore the historic coal-mining heritage of Longyearbyen at the Svalbard Museum and town's landmarks.
  • Discover fascinating research facilities like the University Centre in Svalbard and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
  • Marvel at the diverse wildlife like polar bears, reindeer, and walruses amidst beautiful Arctic sceneries.
  • Cherish the everchanging natural wonders like the midnight sun in summer and awe-inspiring northern lights in winter.

Key information

standard single room, 1 bedroom | pillow-top beds, individually decorated, individually furnished
standard suite | pillow-top beds, individually decorated, individually furnished
standard triple room | pillow-top beds, individually decorated, individually furnished
standard suite | pillow-top beds, individually decorated, individually furnished
pillow-top beds, individually decorated, individually furnished
standard single room, 1 bedroom | view from room

Basecamp Spitsbergen Hotel
Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

58
A full-service spa, a restaurant, and a bar/lounge are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a snack bar/deli, coffee/tea in a common area, and massage/treatment rooms.
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minibar, iron/ironing board, free wifi, bed sheets
hair dryer, dressing gowns, slippers, towels
minibar, iron/ironing board, free wifi, bed sheets
standard twin room | minibar, iron/ironing board, free wifi, bed sheets
single room | minibar, iron/ironing board, free wifi, bed sheets
standard twin room | minibar, iron/ironing board, free wifi, bed sheets

Funken Lodge
Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

57
This smoke-free hotel features a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar/lounge. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a snack bar/deli, conference space, and concierge services.
Kids stay free
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premium bedding, individually decorated, cots/infant beds, rollaway beds
suite | bathroom | spring water bathtub, hair dryer, towels
suite | view from room
suite | premium bedding, individually decorated, cots/infant beds, rollaway beds
standard double room | premium bedding, individually decorated, cots/infant beds, rollaway beds
standard double plus room | bathroom | spring water bathtub, hair dryer, towels

Svalbard Hotell - Polfareren
Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

57
This smoke-free hotel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and coffee/tea in a common area. Free continental breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a meeting room, concierge services, and a 24-hour front desk.
Kids stay free
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standard double room | blackout curtains, soundproofing, iron/ironing board, free wifi
standard single room | bathroom | shower, free toiletries, hair dryer, towels
standard double room | blackout curtains, soundproofing, iron/ironing board, free wifi
standard double room | bathroom | shower, free toiletries, hair dryer, towels
standard double room | blackout curtains, soundproofing, iron/ironing board, free wifi
standard single room | blackout curtains, soundproofing, iron/ironing board, free wifi

Svalbard Hotell - The Vault
Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

56
Along with a bar/lounge, this smoke-free hotel has coffee/tea in a common area and a 24-hour front desk. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, free newspapers, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are onsite.
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desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains, free cots/infant beds
hair dryer, slippers, towels
desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains, free cots/infant beds
standard room | room amenity
desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains, free cots/infant beds
standard room | desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains, free cots/infant beds

Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen
Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

54
A restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/cafe are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a spa tub, conference space, and concierge services.
Kids stay free
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double room | 1 bedroom, free wifi, bed sheets
basic double room, shared bathroom | bathroom | hair dryer, towels
basic double room, shared bathroom | 1 bedroom, free wifi, bed sheets
double room | 1 bedroom, free wifi, bed sheets
quadruple room | 1 bedroom, free wifi, bed sheets
double room | 1 bedroom, free wifi, bed sheets

Mary-Ann's Polarrigg
Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen

52
This hotel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and coffee/tea in a common area. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a meeting room, laundry facilities, and a library.
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