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Barentsburg

Barentsburg

Russian culture and architecture surrounded by pristine nature

Barentsburg

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.

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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  1. Longyearbyen

    This 2-days trip gives an insight to Little Russia on Svalbard in summer, inaccessible otherwise than by boat. We follow the traces of the famous Arctic explorers, get known to the stunning history of the Russian mining settlement and Russian...

  2. Barentsburg

    Red Bear Pub & Brewery serves tasty Russian specialities and locally brewed beer in a nice and child friendly restaurant.

  3. 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.

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. Longyearbyen

    Have you ever been to the USSR? Welcome to our Arctic time machine and experience real Soviet atmosphere far in the north – in the ghost town Pyramiden. The ambiance of this ghost settlement makes an unusual and strong impression on any experienced...

  7. Barentsburg

    Pomor Hostel in Barentsburg is a trendy and reasonably priced hostel, with homey and casual atmosphere peculiar of Pomor hunters’ times.  We have 30 newly-refurnished double and triple rooms with a total of 72 beds. Shared shower cabins/ WC. Free of...

  8. Barentsburg

    Red Bear Pub & Brewery serves tasty Russian specialities and locally brewed beer in a nice and child friendly restaurant.

  9. Longyearbyen

    Have you ever been to the USSR? Welcome to our Arctic time machine and experience real Soviet atmosphere far in the north – in the ghost town Pyramiden.

    The ambiance of this ghost settlement makes an unusual and strong impression on any...

  10. Barentsburg

    BARENTSBURG  HOTEL is totally repaired in 2013. Modern  4-storied hotel facing  the gorgeous Olaf mountain. Has newly-refurbished 43 rooms, incl.  Twin, Double /1000 NOK and Suite rooms /1200 NOK. Drying cupboard is available upon each floor. The...

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