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Gruvelageret: The Off-Grid Arctic Restaurant

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Gruvelageret: The Off-Grid Arctic Restaurant

Up north, in the arctic circle where the permafrost prevails and for three months of the year not a single shard of sunlight penetrates the winter darkness, you can find Gruvelageret, Spitsbergen, an off-grid restaurant that has no water supply or sewerage, yet manages to serve genuinely delicious, creative cuisine utilising the best of local ingredients – an Arctic restaurant.

Located in an old mining storage facility, the restaurant has kept as much of its original mining heritage. The wooden floors and tables date back to 1946 and the wine selection is displayed behind the bar in cases that used to store sticks of dynamite.

This is an unforgiving place. Harsh and cold yet overwhelmingly beautiful. It takes a certain type of chef to weather the tough conditions up here in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. But for all the landscape's unforgiving nature, there is sublime beauty all around. For five months of the year, the sun never sets, the locals have a strong sense of community and support each other through thick and thin.

The dream of Steve D. Torgersen was to renovate the collapsed Gruvelageret building and create a restaurant that would both serve the local community and attract tourism to the area. After a long and arduous task of rebuilding and installing a kitchen, the work of building a restaurant that would serve unique food of the highest standards began.


Today Gruvelageret restaurant attracts guests form far and wide and from the reviews on TripAdvisor, they are overwhelmingly impressed with the food at this unique, off-the-beaten-track restaurant. If you’re looking for something completely different and a culinary experience that you can recount for years to come, then Gruvelageret should be on your bucket list.

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