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Barentsburg

 

Visit Barentsburg – a step away from Svalbard

 

Barentsburg is a small mining settlement on the shores of the beautiful Grønfjord. It is around 60 km west of Longyearbyen. The 450 or so mine workers who live here are employed by the Russian state-owned mining company Trust Arctickugol, which owns and runs the mines and infrastructure. Facilities in Barentsburg include a coal-fired power station, hospital, hotel, school, kindergarten, sports and cultural centre, Russian scientific research centre and a Russian consulate.

Although the Russian mining company still operates the mines, in recent years it has also invested in tourism. A clear sign of this is the establishment of the Arctic Travel Company. Even the most experienced globetrotters are fascinated by Barentsburg and the huge contrasts with Longyearbyen. You can combine the trip to Barentsburg through pristine Arctic nature with interesting history, Russian culture, Soviet era architecture, a visit to the mine, traditional food and exciting entertainment. There are several accommodation options in Barentsburg, a husky kennel and a beautiful Russian orthodox church, which is well worth visiting.
 

History of Barentsburg

 

Barentsburg is named after Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz, who discovered Svalbard in 1596. The name was given by the Dutch who operated the mines after they bought the site from Russia in 1920. Russia took over the site again in 1932 and expanded it considerably, but Barentsburg came under heavy fire during World War II and was virtually destroyed. Although the buildings you see in Barentsburg now are relatively new, the place has a historic feel to it. A statue of Lenin gazes out over the Grønfjord in front of colourful apartment buildings.

Norway and Russia are the only countries which have maintained their mining interests in Svalbard.

Wanna visit Barentsburg? This is how you get there.
Wanna stay overnight? Check out Barentsburg Hotel and Pomor Hostel

 

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    Barentsburg - Meet our Russian comrades in the west - Better Moments

    Longyearbyen

    Join our adventure to Barentsburg and enjoy Russian hospitality in this arctic outpost where Lenin still watches over his people.

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    Boundless Arctic (express), snowmobile tour to Barentsburg, 2 days - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

    Longyearbyen

    The extraordinary is closer than you think! Come and get it. Extend your Svalbard experience with a short 2-day trip to a place without bounds — Barentsburg, a Russian settlement with an active coal mine where tours are allowed and a husky…

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    Glimpse of Svalbard, 4 day snowmobile tour - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

    Longyearbyen

    All the highlights of Svalbard in a 4 day-long trip all around Isfjorden! It is a perfect tour for those who have no time to waste. It gives you an insight into Svalbard in winter: in only 4 days, you will travel across the island and visit the…

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    Snowmobile to Barentsburg - Arctic Adventures

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    A breathtaking trip through changing landscapes, across a glacier and through valleys to our Russian neighbours in the west.

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    Weekend boat trip to Barentsburg - Little Russia on Svalbard, 2 days - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

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    Hybrid-driven speedboat to Barentsburg - Hurtigruten Svalbard

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    Arctic musher's school - 9 days dog sledding expedition - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

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    Svalbard Stories, 5 day snowmobile tour - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

    Longyearbyen

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    Fjord-cruise towards the Esmark Glacier & Barentsburg - HTG

    Longyearbyen

    Write a new entry in your travel diary, as you join us on The World’s Northernmost Fjord-cruise.Length of trip is approximately 10 hrs, and a warm lunch is included.

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    Longyearbyen

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    Evening tour to Barentsburg with traditional Russian dinner - Spitzbergen Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    When do you have the possibility to go to Russia just for a couple of hours? Join us for a traditional Russian Dinner.

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    Northern Lights cruise towards Barentsburg - HTG

    Longyearbyen

    Write a new entry in your travel diary - with a chance to experience natures own spectacular light show. Length of trip is approximately 8 hrs, and a warm lunch is included.

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    Tour to the Barentsburg mine - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

    Barentsburg

    The mine in Barentsburg is the northernmost one among all the Russian mines. On the mine tour you can see a war between man and nature, you can learn how the coal is being produced and transported onto the surface, and you can talk with a miner.

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    Boattrip with Polargirl to Barentsburg & Esmarkglacier - Polar Charter

    Longyearbyen

    A boattrip with MS Polargirl to Barentsburg and the Esmarkglacier.
    The trip will first go to the glacier before sailing to Barentsburg, where one will go ashore.

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    Boundless Arctic, snowmobile tour to Barentsburg, 3 days - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on 3-days snow adventure to “Little Russia on Svalbard”, inaccessible otherwise than by snowmobile. You follow the traces of the famous Arctic explorers, get known to the stunning history of the Russian mining settlement and Russian…

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    Snowmobile safari to Barentsburg - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on a snowmobile journey through the wilderness to the Russian settlement of Barentsburg. This town has the second largest population on Svalbard, a coal mining community of around 350 people.

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    Snowmobilesafari to Barentsburg - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Join us for a trip to Barentsburg. Surrounded by a magnificent landscape with sharp peaks, Disney-like reindeer searching for fodder and our cute friend the little polar fox on the mountainside.

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    Longyearbyen

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    Snowmobile trip to Barentsburg - Spitzbergen Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    When do you have the possibility to go to Russia just for a couple of hours? Join us for a great day out and we will give it our best to make your day as memorable as possible. The distance is approx. 55km one way.

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