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Barentsburg

The mining community in Grønfjorden

In Grønfjorden, a beautiful fjord to the west of the larger Isfjorden in Svalbard, you’ll find Barentsburg. A mining community with lots of stories to tell that lives on in exciting and historical surroundings.

Barentsburg’s history

Barentsburg first got its name in 1920 when the Dutch company N.V. Nederlandsche Spitsbergen Compagnie bought and named the place after the Dutch seafarer Willem Barentsz who discovered Bjørnøya and the north-western part of Spitsbergen in 1596. But in 1932, Barentsburg was sold on to the Soviet state-owned company Arktikugol, and ever since the fall of the Soviet Union the community has been maintained by the Russian state-owned company Trust Arktikugol.

The town was more or less razed to the ground during the 2nd world war, and the buildings you see in Barentsburg today are therefore relatively new. Despite this the town still has a noticeable historical atmosphere, and even after the fall of the Soviet Union you can still find the bust of Lenin looking out across Grønfjorden from its spot in front of the colourful buildings in the town centre.

About Barentsburg

Barentsburg is situated 60km to the west of Longyearbyen and has its own coal-powered power plant, hospital, hotel, school, kindergarten, cultural and sports-facilities. The town is also home to a research station connected to the Kola Science Centre and The Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as one of Russia’s two Consulate Generals in Norway.

Although the mining operations in Barentsburg remain active, Trust Arktikugol has in recent years worked towards developing local tourism through the company Arctic Travel Company Grumant.
Barentsburg fascinates even seasoned travellers, and the contrasts to Longyearbyen can feel quite significant. Here you’ll be able to combine untouched nature with exciting history, both Soviet and Russian cultural heritage, mine visits, good food and entertainment. In Barentsburg it’s possible to stay as a guest at either Pomor Hostel or Barentsburg Hotel, and enjoy food- and drinks at both Red Bear Bar & Brewery as well as Restaurant Rijpsburg with the Icebreaker-bar Krasin.  

Apart from mine visits one can also experience Barentsburg in many other ways. Together with local guides one can try kayaking and sea fishing in Grønfjorden, dog sledding and hiking in the vicinity of the town. In order to explore local history and culture one can olse visit the local art gallery, the handcraft centre, or Barentsburg’s iconic orthodox chapel in the town centre.

In the summer you can visit Barentsburg by joining a day trip by boat from Longyearbyen, and in the winter you can join organised guided snowmobile trips there from Longyearbyen.

You’ll find more information about how to travel to Barentsburg here.

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    Fjordcruise 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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    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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    • 4 - Previous snowmobile experience is an advantage. Day trip through some rugged terrain.

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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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    • 4 - Previous snowmobile experience is an advantage. Day trip through some rugged terrain.

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    Hybrid-driven speedboat to Barentsburg - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Hurtigruten Svalbard 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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    Barentsburg - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Drive snowmobile along the rugged coast of Isfjord to the active Russian mining settlement, Barentsburg. Along the way, admire breath taking landscapes and explore the cultural heritage of Svalbard.

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

    Longyearbyen

    A 5-day Arctic adventure in Svalbard free of worries! No need to plan your trip, as we have already done it for you! Combine the joy of freedom while snowmobiling across the island while thinking about the stories of Arctic discoveries in the past.

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

    Barentsburg

    Perhaps this trip is one of the most amazing, if not the only one of this kind, and it's surely 100%an Arctic adventure.
    The main goal of the trip is not only to see the Arctic but also to gain absolutely new experiences and to try the role of those…

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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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    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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    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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    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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    • 5 - Previous snowmobile experience is recommended. Long day trip through some rugged terrain.

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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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    • 4 - Previous snowmobile experience recommended, long day trip

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

    Longyearbyen

    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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    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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    • 4 - Previous snowmobile experience is an advantage. Day trip through some rugged terrain.

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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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