Guesthouse 102 is located in Nybyen, in the upper part of the Longyear Valley. Nybyen was founded in 1946-1948 in association with mine 2B. The settlement served as accommodation for the miners. Each of the miners’ quarters housed 72 miners with two per room. This was a major improvement compared to the four-bed rooms in the old Sverdrup town on the opposite side of the valley. Nybyen had a mess hall, bathing facilities, a laundry and, at one stage, the only shop in town was located here.
Each of the miners’ quarters was given a specific number and number 102 had the best standard of all the residences in Nybyen, including a sink in every room. It became a popular place and so the miners that stayed here were veterans who also earned the most and had cash “on account”. Consequently, it was soon given the nickname “Millionærheimen” or “The Millionaires’ Home”.
In 2001, quarters 102 was purchased and converted into a guesthouse. However, the original standard from the time of the miners has been maintained. Guesthouse 102 has now become a resort for tourists from around the world, scientists and North Pole explorers.
Tours and activities can be booked in advance or upon arrival at Guesthouse 102. For further information, please feel free to contact us.