Huset or “The House” in English, is the one of the most important historical places in Longyearbyen. It has been especially significant as a meeting place, where the miners could dine and socialise over the past century.

"The heart of the city"

The mining company Store Norske began construction in 1948, led by architect Jacob Hansen, who also designed the Colosseum cinema in Oslo. Huset opened its doors on the 13th of October 1951 as the community center of Longyearbyen. Huset, with its central location between the different miner’s villages, was given the name “the heart of the city.”

A historical tour of Huset is available after your dinner.

Arctic Experience – our tasting menu

Huset restaurant’s food experience is a journey across Svalbard. They tell a story through different servings, which they adapt seasonally, depending on what mother nature has to offer them. They work in collaboration with local trappers, fishers, and foragers to provide ingredients from Svalbard and the Arctic such as seal, reindeer, rock ptarmigan, mushrooms, and mountain sorrel.

Using innovative Nordic preservation methods and culinary techniques, their cuisine offers a unique insight into the rich flavours of the polar region. They are grateful for every ingredient provided to them by nature. They show their respect to the local environment by taking special care to minimise waste. Their key words are sustainability and preservation, and they often utilise methods such as fermentation, curing and smoking.

Learn more about the Huset Restaurant experience here.

Wine cellar

Hroar Holm, the former owner of Huset and a wine enthusiast, started the wine collection in the 1980`s. Today, our passionate and knowledgeable sommeliers have continued the work of expanding and improving our selection, and Huset now has one of the Scandinavia’s largest wine cellars, with over 1000 different wine references from around the world. We pride ourselves on the cellar once again being awarded the “Two Wine Glass Best of award of excellence” rating from Wine Spectator.

For special occasions, it is our pleasure to offer the wine cellar for a private dining experience. In this intimate atmosphere, for 8 to 16 guests, you can enjoy the creative dishes from our chef, while being guided by one of our sommeliers.

Are you a wine connoisseur? Or do you wish to become one? We offer private tastings with wine chosen by our sommelier, or alternatively a tasting tailored to your personal preferences. Reserve your private wine experience with one of our knowledgeable sommeliers and discover a selection of treasures from our wine collection.

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