A different style of hotel entirely from the Radisson and Spitsbergen hotels, the Basecamp Hotel (formerly the Trapper's Hotel) is a more traditional style lodge in the heart of Longyearbyen.

The shabby chic theme pervades across the hotel, with polar bear skin wall hangings and the 16 rooms (including two suites) all decked out with driftwood, sealskin and slate. Basically, if you're a gold tap sort of chap (or lady), this might not be the place for you. Each room has a private bathroom and wi-fi, and both double and triple rooms are available, with great views either over the town or the mountains beyond.

Keeping to the rustic roots, there are no TVs in the rooms but for those craving contact with the outside world, the Cognac Loft has a big screen. There is also a lobby filled with arctic themed books.

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