Barentsburg and Pyramiden

Take a trip to Barentsburg and Pyramiden, and experience two very distinct communities in Svalbard with deep historical roots. Although both communities started out as company towns established by companies from other countries, they’re perhaps best known for their historical connection to the Soviet Union early in the 1900s, and to Russia in more recent times.

Barentsburg lives on a as a mining community run by the Russian state-owned company Trust Arktikugol, which is also in charge of the local tourism industry there via the company Arctic Travel Company Grumant. Due to it being a living community, you may very well encounter locals in the street or even miners heading to or from their shifts in the mine.
Pyramiden has taken on a new life as a living museum and a treasured destination for travellers wanting to experience the special atmosphere in this former mining community themselves on a guided tour. The place isn’t entirely abandoned though, as travellers are met by a welcoming staff in Pyramiden Hotel where one can spend the night and eat well in their restaurant, while local guides stand at the ready to show you what Pyramiden’s surroundings have to offer on trips in the vicinity.

There are no road connections between the various communities in Svalbard, but both Barentsburg and Pyramiden can be visited by boat in the summer or by snowmobile in the winter.

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  1. Pyramiden – one of the world’s most fascinating ghost towns, according to National Geographic
    A living museum and former mining community which is often referred to as a "ghost town"
  2. Barentsburg
    60 kilometres away from Longyearbyen you’ll find Barentsburg, a mining community on the shores of the beautiful fjord Grønfjorden
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