This summer´s music experience in Svalbard

Isfjord Radio music festival

Acoustic tones make the music feel naked and honest, just as we experience the Arctic wilderness. 14 -16 August 2020 we enhanced the sensory experiences in the encounter with Svalbard and its pristine & scenic landscape. We invited our guests into the wilderness together with Stein Torleif Bjella and Ine Hoem. Here music, nature and wildlife intertwined without filters. It was a music experience for life!

Stein Torleif Bjella

Stein Torleif Bjella is one of Norway’s foremost songwriters, and he is famous for his blue and melancholy lyrics. He takes us on a journey through a musical landscape full of backdrops and great depths, imminent melancholy and underlying comedy, small crises and monumental shows. As a live performing musician, he has made his mark on small, intimate club scenes – as well as on the country’s biggest festival scenes. Bjella has collected both the Spellemann Prize, the Prøysen Prize, the Bendiksen Prize, the Edvard Prize and the Culture Prize for the municipality of Ål for his music and lyrics.

Ine Hoem

Meet a Norwegian songwriter and artist with a voice that hits you right in the heart. Ine Hoem was born and raised on Grünerløkka in Oslo but has strong roots in Fræna in Møre og Romsdal where her father Edvard Hoem comes from. Through her music she collects elements from both modern electronic pop music and the jazz universe. Heart-warming stories meet a modern singer-songwriter tradition, in combination with a unique ability to communicate.


Isfjord Radio Adventure Hotel is your home for this weekend. We meet at Basecamp Hotel in Longyearbyen at the scheduled time, followed by an hou´r boat trip across the fjord. Keep your eyes open for wildlife and enjoy the light in the arctic landscape. Upon arrival you are welcomed by the hosts, and later we gather for the festival dinner at 8pm. The evening is rounded off with today’s musical highlight; an intimate concert with Ine Hoem.


We bring the music experiences into the wild and rig ourselves for rib boat safari to the north side of Isfjorden. Here you will experience the bird mountain Alkehornet that dominates the landscape, and the mighty Esmark glacier that plunges into the bay of Ymer. While the boat is dipping in the green glacier water, Stein Torleif Bjella gives us a unique encounter between acoustic music and wild nature. Back at Isfjord Radio, Ine Hoem capture us again as we gather around the bonfire for cured meat and bubbles. After dinner, the evening is topped off with an exclusive intimate concert by Stein Torleif Bjella.


The toughest festival participants starts the day with a fresh sea bath which is rewarded with a warm visit in the sauna. After breakfast, we put on our mountain shoes and wander into the beautiful Svalbard landscape. We walk towards Linnevannet, situated between characteristic mountains, or towards Båtodden, where the walruses often come to visit. The choice of route depends on weather conditions. Lunch is enjoyed outdoors before returning to Isfjord Radio and Longyearbyen.

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