Kapp Linné / Cape Linné (former Isfjord Radio)

Kapp Linné - station from east ...
... and from southeast, early Mayi.
Kapp Linné - overview ...
... and station buildings from north.
Aerial view: the parabolic antennas of Isfjord Radio, when the station was still in use for the communication of Spitsbergen with the rest of the world.
Kapp Linné is situated on an exposed headland - with unfavourable wind and swell, the tiny pier near the station is not safe to use.
After the vestibule and entrance, visitors reach the reception.
The cosy lounge in the main building of the station before ...
and after the refurbishing in 2008, when the standard was upgraded to good hotel level.
Adjascent to the lounge (previous pictures) comes the spacious eating room (door to kitchen in background).
Example double room ...
... and another room example.

Kapp Linné is the northwesternmost landpoint of the flat Nordenskiöld Coast, far out on the southern side of the entrance of Icefjord. Already before World War II, the norwegian telegraph and radio station Isfjord Radio was established here, which - for the last years remote-controlled from Longyearbyen - was in use until 2004, then made obsolete by the double glasfiber cable connecting Longyearbyen with the norwegian mainland. Until then, most of the communication of Spitsbergen was relayed via the parabolic satellite antennas of Isfjord Radio. Contrary to the other settlements, there are no mountains in the way southwards at Cape Linné - so far north, the geostationary telecommunication satellites are just above the southern horizon.

Touristic utilisation:
From the 1990s onwards, especially after the automatisation of the satellite station, a touristic use of the buildings of Isfjord Radio started, especially by snowmobile arrangements in spring, but also - in smaller numbers - by means of boat access during the summer season.

The excursion possibilities from the station are limited: to north by the Icefjord, to west by the Greenland Sea, ans to the south, a bird sanctuary begins right south of the station buildings, into which access is forbidden during summer. Accordingly, summerly activities on land are limited to the station area (good possibilities for bird watching - some geese and eider ducks breed even between the station buildings), while excursions are limited to westerly direction (ristoric relics on Cape Mineral, Cape Starostin, lake Linnévatnet, the mountainous areas further away).
In addition to these limited excursion possibilities, Kapp Linné is a good place to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of a lonesome human outpost at a high comfort level (thorough renovation and upgrading to good hotel standard by 2008). This luxury, in combination with the high running costs of such a remote base, is reflected in the prices, which are on the level of the best hotels in Longyearbyen.

Stays at Kapp Linné as an accomodation are limited to its opening periods (varying from year to year, but maximally normally February to October) - and by access possibilities.
The cape can be reached on foot, too (suitable terrain conditions provided), but from Longyearbyen, this is an ambitious 4 days cross-country wilderness hike. Therefore, practically all visitors come by snowmobile (requiring suitable snow, ice and weather conditions, usually into early May), or in summer by boat (especially landing depending on sea conditions (direction and strenghth of wind and swell, driftice) from usually June to end of September. Kapp Linné is frequently used by conference and incentive groups.

Tour arrangements: Mostly, Kapp Linné is used by organised tour groups, often event, conference or incentive arrangements in the upper price segment, arriving in spring by snowmobiles (sometimes also dogsledges), in summer by boat from Longyearbyen. In the main season, also individual bookings are possible (free capacities provided), and there are some bookable complete programs including an overnight stay at Kapp Linné. Generally, arrangements with Kapp Linné are in the upper price segment.


View to north from Kapp Linné across the entrance of Isfjords into the North Atlantic (Greenland Sea): far left in the distance the long-stretched Prins-Karls-Forlandet), to the right the rock faces of Alkhornet (birdcliff at the entrance of the small side fjord Trygghamna, in which the PointedPeaks tent camp is installed in summers.

Last Modification: 02.03.2012