The long polar night
Svalbard is a year-round destination, including during the polar night. For more than two months, from mid-November to late January, darkness reigns around the clock. The polar night, which is when the sun is more than 6 degrees below the horizon, lasts from 12 November to 30 January. It is not just a period of permanent darkness, but a beautiful time that creates a very special atmosphere.
The moonlight, silence, dusk, northern lights, and not least the people, make the polar night unique. But believe me, you can get used to it.
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It is perhaps a little surprising that you will find some of the best restaurants in Norway in Svalbard. In addition to serving international dishes, you will also find unique, local food. Here, you will be served Svalbard reindeer, Arctic char, seal, whale, and Svalbard grouse. The latter is a unique grouse species, which is both larger in size and has a different taste than mainland species. It is said that Arctic game and fish have a cleaner and purer taste than that which is sourced elsewhere.
However, a good burger and a delicious pizza are never far away. Several well-known restaurants and hotels offer special menus on New Year's Eve. Here, everything is arranged for a complete evening. In addition, everything seems to taste better when your senses are heightened in the dark. Here are some of the places that you should check out around New Year.