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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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    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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    Snowscootersafari to “Little Russia on Svalbard” in Barentsburg, 2 days - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on 2-days 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 traditions…

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    Excursion by snowmobile to Barentsburg - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    We start the trip by driving through the narrow valleys Todalen and Bødalen, heading south west through a varied landscape. Soon we will arrive in Coles Bay, by Kapp Laila, on the south side of Isfjorden. Here we will find tracks from Russian mining…

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    Snowmobile to Barentsburg - Arctic Adventures

    Longyearbyen

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

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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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    Snowscooter excursion in Nordenskiöldland - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Three days in touch with the nature, cultural heritage and history in the heart of Spitsbergen. We spend nights and immerse into Arctic atmosphere in our cozy cabin in Van Mijenfjord. You get a feeling of adventure driving through moonlike landscape…

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    Hunt for Arctic Adventure, 7 days - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

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    Come and get the real and fully-fledged Adventure-week on Svalbard, the land of the midnight sun! On the trip you will visit 3 towns where each is different and has its own story.

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

    Barentsburg

    Wanna see the incredible? Spend a weekend in Barentsburg! One of the most fascinating places in the world.
    The scene of the town is based on tradition and invention.

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    NEXT TO THE NORTH POLE - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

    Longyearbyen

    High Arctic, Svalbard, Spitsbergen island... Located midway between continental Norway and North Pole, Svalbard is a dream of explorers. The nature is wild and grandiose, everything is in its superlative!

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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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    Little Russia on Svalbard - Boat trip to Barentsburg, 3 days - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

    Barentsburg

    Welcome to Russia! Yes, that is a surprise. Could you ever have expected? When you are in Svalbard, Russia is just next door! And you don’t even need to get a visa. An extraordinary journey to Barentsburg, the second-biggest settlement of the…

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    Hybrid-driven speedboat to Barentsburg - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Hurtigruten Svalbard and Brim Explorer launches a hybrid-driven speedboat to roam the Arctic waters. With our new vessel you can join an exciting and more environmentally friendly boat trip to the exciting Russian settlement of Barentsburg.

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    Snowscootersafari to “Little Russia on Svalbard” in 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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    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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    Svalbard Stories, 4 days - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on an Arctic journey of variety! In Svalbard, a place which is slightly lower than the North Pole, you will have plenty of things to do! Svalbard is different and closer than you think!

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    Snowmobile safari to Barentsburg - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

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