You may not expect to find an impeccable upscale restaurant in the middle of absolutely nowhere, but that's what »Huset« is. Housed in a white nondescript building at the southern end of Longyearbyen – literally a few feet from where the safe zone ends and polar bear territory begins – the restaurant will get you a surreal yet stunningly awesome experience.
There are two parts to it. First, the surroundings. Longyearbyen is a cold and tiny, tiny place right in the middle of Barents Sea not too far from the north pole, with barren mountains lined with old, abandoned structures from a mining era long gone. Add a sun that never sets during summer, creating infinite daytime, and everything feels like the very opposite of being in a multi-million skyscraper metropolis.
Second, the food. It's delicious. The staff, providing excellent levels of service, will guide you through a multi-course set menu along with a range of wine options from a cellar stocked with 25,000 bottles. The only food related thing giving away the fact that you are dining on a very, very remote island is the odd logistical hiccup. Yesterday evening the waiter apologized and said the cauliflowers hadn't made the morning flight and was being swapped for broccoli. The stand-ins were absolutely delicious, though.