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Sep 4, 2009 03:13 AM

Svalbard, Norway: Anyone eaten there?

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon just completed a tour of the Norwegian Arctic, visiting the archipelago of Svalbard which is a few hundred miles from the North Pole. Anyone ever visited there and tried any of their restaurants? Or preparing food from the one grocery store where, among other things, large chunks of whale are in the meat section?

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  1. Svalbard actually has an excellent gourmet restaurant called Huset. It has been recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine with a Best of Award of Excellence, and has a 20 000 bottle cellar. Svalbard is also exempt from Norwegian alcohol tax, so the price level is very friendly.


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    1. re: krimoe

      In 1998, my dad and I got up as far as Kirkenes and thought about a jaunt over to Svalbard, but $1,500 R/T was a bit steep. We did sample the Lutefisk and can whole-heartedly advise against it.