Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg will give you an unprecedented cosy hotel experience. Located 78° North, on the island of Spitsbergen, comfortable rooms, sauna, outdoor jacuzzi and exceptional local cuisine await your visit.
Depending on the time of year your, stay will include magical landscapes, wildlife, Northern Lights or Midnight sun. Our guess is you will want to return again and again to experience the different seasons and adventures Svalbard has to offer.Today, Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg consists of a pleasant courtyard surrounded by three buildings; the mining rig, the luxury rig and the transportation rig. Accommodation is in the form of 17 single, 19 double, four family rooms and our polar night suite. Facilities include the AuroraSpa and the restaurant, Vinterhagen.
Created in 1999 by owner Mary-Ann Dahle, the hotel was transformed from its previous life as miners barracks carefully and lovingly into what we have today. Over the past 20 years, Mary-Ann has been growing and updating each building with new ideas to make sure guests have a special experience while visiting Svalbard. Many items throughout the hotel are from the old coal mines in the area including the red miners bus which stands outside the bar area and serves as a smoking shelter complete with fairy lights.
The fireworks displays are free to watch typically in June and July, and start at 8:30 p.m., with a run time of about 30 minutes. To get a seat on the raised viewing steps for the fireworks, arrive about 8 p.m. However, note that those wearing open-toed shoes will not be allowed in this section.
Considered by some to be the most beautiful beach on the island it is located just a 4 kms from San Juan close to Tambisan Port. The fine white sand and the view to Negros and Apo island make this small beach (approx. 150m long) a special location. Fishermen pull their boats out and you can find many that have found their final resting place there and make great photography subjects. At high tide you can lay in the small natural ‘pools’ that are characteristic of Paliton. To find the road to Paliton you need to look out for the small church in barangay Paliton and turn down the road towards the sea, the beach is located approximately 1.5km on the main road.
Brooklyn Ferry Service is a small ferry company, operating fully restored heritage vessels that run from Brooklyn to Dangar Island and Little Wobby Beach. The service provides essential public transport for the water-access properties in this area.The ferry runs everyday to a timetable and links with trains arriving and departing from Hawkesbury River railway station.
Take a day-trip to Dangar Island and learn about this history of this unique location and the ferries themselves.