Nordenskiold Lodge

Location: Arctic Norway & Svalbard | Norway

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Nordenskiold Lodge is a comfortable, if basic, log cabin on the edge of the Nordenskiold glacier on the island of Spitsbergen in Svalbard. The lodge is the northernmost commercial cabin in the world, and has no running water or electricity but depends on meltwater from the neighbouring glacier and wood fires. You’ll spend your days hiking, climbing and dog-sledding the glaciers and fjords as you follow in the footsteps of the lodge’s namesake, the great Arctic explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiold.
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  • Spartan log-cabin in the arctic wilderness
  • No running water, electricity or internet connection
  • The northernmost commercial cabin in the world
  • Skiing, hiking and climbing around the surrounding fjords and glaciers
  • Wildlife in the area include whales, arctic foxes and polar bears

Recommended for...

  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Setting & Views
  • Unusual

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

The furthest spot you can reach by motorized transport on Spitsbergen, Nordenskiold Lodge is isolated even by Svalbard’s standards. The lodge is reachable in the winter only by snowmobile or dog-sled, you’ll quickly come to understand what the locals mean when they talk about the deafening ‘Arctic silence.’

Rooms at Nordenskiold Lodge

The lodge has five rooms, sleeping ten in total, which have huge windows so you can take in the stark glacial landscapes outside. Amenities are very basic and there is no running water; all the water is sourced from runoff from the neighbouring Nordesnkiold glacier. There is an indoor toilet for guests to use.

Food and drink

Food at Nordenskiold Lodge is prepared by your host as it has been for millennia, locally sourced and cooked in a wood oven. Every day is started off with a hearty breakfast, just the thing to set you up for a day’s arctic exploration, and finishes up with a hearty multi-course Norwegian dinner. Expedition lunches will be provided to keep you going during excursions. Specific dietary requirements can also be catered for, with prior notice.

Facilities

Facilities are spartan at Nordenskiold Lodge, and heating your lodge with a log fire and gathering water from the nearby glacier is all part of the wilderness experience. You don’t need to be a survival expert, though, and help is on hand from your onsite host. There’s also a Finnish sauna which provides a very welcome place to warm up after a day’s arctic adventuring.

Activities

Whether by dog-sled, snowmobile, boat or on foot, a stay at Nordenskiold Lodge is all about exploration of the icy environment. You can also climb the blue glacier, which lies just outside the lodge, and ski the snowy hillsides around the fjord. The wildlife you can hope to see during your stay include seals, whales, and arctic foxes, as well as the King of the Arctic: the Polar Bear. A trip to the nearby ghost town of Pyramiden, abandoned in 1998, is an eerie experience.

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Hotel location

In summer, the cabin can be reached by boat from Longyearbyen – around a two hour journey. In the winter, a dog sled or snowmobile will carry you across the ice.

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