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This Bar in the Norwegian Arctic Is Looking for a New Owner

by Eben Diskin Sep 24, 2020

If you’ve always dreamed of running a bar north of the Arctic Circle, in a place where polar bears are known to roam, Svalbard might be the business for you. Svalbard is a bar located on Svalbard, an archipelago located in between Norway and the North Pole, in the town of Longyearbyen. It serves burgers, pizza, and hearty northern beers, and is a local favorite.

Svalbar bar for sale

Photo: Terje Bjørnsen

“Svalbard is a popular and cozy pub in the heart of Longyearbyen, the largest town in Svalbard,” the owners said. “The pub is in immediate vicinity of several hotels and is a natural hotspot for both locals and tourists, with an attractive corner location on main street. Burgers from the grill, Italian pizzas from the brick ovens and great drinks from the bar are just the tip of the iceberg of what [it] has to offer.”

The bar has a full kitchen and room for 18 tables and 90 seated customers, and it’s been profitable over the last four years.

Inside the Svalbard bar for sale

Photo: Terje Bjørnsen

Polar bear visitors aren’t exactly encouraged, as they can be hostile to humans, but the bar is no stranger to curious bears poking around the establishment. “How many bars do you know where a polar bear actually visits and you can get your own polar ice right outside?” a bar representative told Lonely Planet.

And the best piece of news is that you won’t even drown in paperwork in the process. Thanks to the Svalbard treaty there are no limitations on travel or work and there are no visa requirements for foreigners to work or live.

If you’re interested in being the new owner, reach out via the online form and the owners will email you with more information.

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