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    The entrance to Mary-Ann's Polarrigg

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.

A different kind of hotel - offering the opportunity to sleep like the miners who founded this remote community. Everywhere you look on the walls you’ll see pictures, newspaper clippings and stories about the people who founded this place and this very special community. Authentic, quirky and utterly in keeping with Longyearbyen.

There are several different room types; Gruveriggen are simple standard rooms, where bathrooms are shared and Luxsusriggen are the rooms with your own private bath, with the option of family rooms which sleep four people. Also there is also a suite, with a larger bed and its very own hot tub and finally the apartments, with either one or two bedrooms and private kitchens . For everyone else there is a shared kitchen and living room. The Mining Rig is the main building and it is also where you will find the reception and a large, comfortable TV lounge.

Service is informal and quite friendly, all supervised by the owner, Mary-Ann Dahle, who is the former cleaning lady! She insists the kitchen is never closed, and guests are free to use it to cater for themselves. Every morning they serve a traditional Scandinavian breakfast in our 'tropical' restaurant Vinterhagen, where they even grow their own herbs. In the evening the menu is filled with arctic food such as reindeer, seal, whale, cod, and traditional dishes from the north of Norway - they only serve free range meat and fish caught in the wild. The Aurora Spa offers treatments from surprisingly good therapists. 

A surprising and charming place to stay.

  • Communal Kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Front Desk
  • WiFi (free)
  • Television

Central Longyearbyen is just a four minute stroll away from the hotel. The airport shuttle bus stops right in front.

This is an interesting option. Prices range considerably - the Gruveriggen rooms are really rather good value and prices only increase marginally for the Luxsusriggen rooms. The largest different is between the dark winter (cheaper) and the light winter (high season).

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  • Communal Kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Front Desk
  • WiFi (free)
  • Television

Central Longyearbyen is just a four minute stroll away from the hotel. The airport shuttle bus stops right in front.

This is an interesting option. Prices range considerably - the Gruveriggen rooms are really rather good value and prices only increase marginally for the Luxsusriggen rooms. The largest different is between the dark winter (cheaper) and the light winter (high season).

How to Book

We don’t believe in off-the-shelf packages - we tailor-make holidays.

  • Tell us what you want to do. Whether you have detailed plans or just a vague idea, get in contact – we have knowledge, ideas and expertise.
  • We build a tailored itinerary. Once you’ve received it, we can answer any further questions and refine it until you are completely happy.
  • Book it. When you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit, at which point we start confirming everything.

Different Snow is a fully bonded tour operator, which means we automatically take responsibility for your whole holiday, offering you 100% financial security.