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Arctic Tapas Day Tour
Ranked #13 of 22 Tours in Longyearbyen
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Owner description: Arctic Tapas offers something new when it comes to food adventures in Svalbard, a tapas restaurant on wheels. As a guest on Arctic Tapas Tour bus, you will get the best of two worlds. You can enjoy arctic delicacies while you are guided through Longyerarbyens spectacular scenery. This is a food- and sightseeing experience out of the ordinary!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a very small group and Bent really put a personal touch on the evening. Lots of history about the town and funny stories. Food was great, plenty of it and well described with each tasting. The weather was perfect down at the beach and a little Arctic Fox made an appearance to say hello (or look for food scraps, which we did not give). Thoroughly enjoyed this excursion and would highly recommend.

Thank Cherie A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed a good evening in Bents company with storytelling,great food and the best view in town! This is really recommendable, a good way to learn more about Longyearbyens history while tasting delicious food!

Thank Green D
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

This is a review of Arctic Tapas' night tour to see Northern Lights. There is currently not a place on TripAdvisor to review this particular tour.
This trip was successful mainly because we actually DID see Northern Lights, despite one forecast app saying we had only a 5% chance.
Because we visited a little late in the season (early March), Arctic Tapas was the only company still running Northern Lights tours. Don’t risk not seeing the Lights by staying in town. Because Longyearbyen is in a valley with steep sides, you have to get out of town to have a better chance to see them. The only other way to get out of Longyearbyen is with a private taxi. Ninety dollars is a steep price to pay for a bus ride to nowhere, but like I said, we saw the Lights!
We chose soda as our one free drink, and they really do mean just one free can. Free WiFi on the bus. On a tablet, we watched a well-produced video that gave us very general information about the Lights. The one slide that had detailed information was crowded, in a font that was too small, and on the screen for about 3 seconds.
We drove about 20 minutes out of town, and the bus pulled to the side of the road. In the distance behind a hill, we could see a slight glow. Anywhere else this might have been mistaken for city lights, but here in Svalbard we had hit the jackpot.
Galina announced that since we had found the Lights, the bus would stay in place until 23:00. This worked really well—stand outside for a few minutes, freeze, get back on the bus to warm up, repeat.
The Lights varied in intensity during the hour and a half we were there. I’m glad we stayed the whole time because the show grew spectacular, at some points stretching 90 degrees around the horizon, but it was at a low point by the time we left. Galina took long-exposure photos of us on her phone with a tripod, with the Lights in the background. We gave her our email address, and good as her word, they were in our inbox the next morning.
Galina did her best to keep a party atmosphere going in the bus, with decorations, candles, and party music, and she had LOTS of energy and enthusiasm. She ran the whole show. The tour was in English, and Galina had a heavy Russian accent, but pretty good grammar. If you weren’t a native speaker of English, I don’t know if you would have understood everything she said.
The Lights we saw wouldn’t have made it onto a postcard or calendar, but this was the kind of experience where what you FEEL while you’re there is as, or more important than, what you SEE.

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Reviewed 2 September 2017

Dinner on a bus? Has to be eccentric! After many visits here, have finally given it a go, as do many locals over time. It takes around 2.5 hrs in the evening at this time of year, so is not a 'day tour', but is a fun and relaxing evening, with a bit of slow driving, interspersed with humorous tales of Longyearbyen's history and what has led to its current structures, and a meal in several stages. Not really 'tapas' in the Spanish sense, but a series of typically traditional Norwegian foods, mostly of the types that have been preserved in some way by smoking, drying or pickling, accompanied by descriptions of how they are made. I suspect the dishes change over the year, but we had a fine selection of cured fish and meats, smoked reindeer and cheese, for an excellent and satisfying meal. Beer, wine and other drinks available. And who would think a full size coach would go out for 6 people, and get up to mine 7! Bent and Galina are warm and friendly hosts

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Reviewed 15 August 2017

very nice evening! we went around the city for an unconventional tour. Bent and Galina entertained us with interesting and funny stories about and on the town. The food was amazing and we had the most incredible view of the town! ;-)

Thank eldaoreto
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