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Pyramiden

One of the world’s most fascinating ghost towns, according to National Geographic

 

At first glance it looks like an idyllic settlement with urban architecture consisting of apartment buildings made of brick or wood. But there is one thing missing: inhabitants.

Pyramiden was founded by Sweden in 1910 and sold to the Soviet Union in 1927. In the 1980s, the mining community had a population of more than 1,000. It is named after the pyramid-shaped mountain of the same name nearby. Pyramiden is now mostly visited by seagulls, polar foxes and, not infrequently, polar bears. Tourists visit too – by boat in the summertime and by snowmobile in the wintertime – to experience this surreal place.  

The Russian state-owned mining company Trust Arktikugol closed the mine in Pyramiden on 1 April 1998 after 53 years of continuous operation. The falling price of coal, the difficulty and cost of extracting coal from the mountain and the Russian air disaster at Operafjellet which claimed 141 lives all contributed to the decision.

Visiting Pyramiden is like stepping into a time machine. The architecture and buildings are so well preserved that many visitors feel like they are ‘Back in the USSR’. When the mine was closed and the settlement was abandoned, it seems like everyone left in a hurry. Cups were left on the tables, newspaper clippings on the walls and skis in the corridors. The beautiful indoor swimming pool and painstakingly made cultural centre both feature Soviet era architecture and bear witness to the settlement’s golden days. Pyramiden was a good place to live with a family-friendly community and facilities such as a petrol station, greenhouse and cowshed, school, kindergarten, hotel and restaurant. Most of the buildings remain just as they were left. At the top of the main street, a statue of Lenin watches over the abandoned town and the beautiful Nordenkiöld glacier. The statue is surrounded by grass imported from Siberia.

The ghost town at the foot of the Billefjord is now home to eight people, who work at the hotel and as tourist guides in the summer. During the dark winter months, the population is halved to four who have the task of maintaining the buildings and checking the power generators. It’s possible to stay at the very authentic Pyramiden Hotel, which has a fascinating history in the walls, delicious borsch on the table, locally brewed beer from Barentsburg on tap and smiling people to welcome you. At the hotel you can pay by card or with Norwegian cash (NOK).

The abandoned mining settlement is ‘one of 10 ghost towns in the world you need to visit’, according to National Geographic. There is no doubt about that!

Important info for tour operators, residents, and visitors to Svalbard:
We’ve had cases of people entering/breaking into the houses in Pyramiden, as well as cabins around Barentsburg, Pyramiden and Coles Bay. Please respect private property - do not enter cabins or houses that are not open to the public. Every case will be reported to the Governor of Svalbard.

Wanna visit Pyramiden? This is how you get there.
And do you want to stay overnight? Check out Pyramiden Hotel.

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    Snowscootersafari to Pyramiden - back to USSR, 2 days - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

    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.

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

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    Snowscootersafari to Pyramiden - Back to USSR, 3 days - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

    * Pyramiden

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

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

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    Back to USSR - boat trip to Pyramiden, 3 days - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

    * Pyramiden

    Let’s travel through time and get back to the USSR with a full journey to Pyramiden! Just you and a whole masterpiece of nature.

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    Express-cruise to Pyramiden - HTG

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    Russia Express to Pyramiden. Join us on a fast trip to Pyramiden, in our 46 foot Princess Riviera.

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    2 days snowmobile trip to Pyramiden - Spitzbergen Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    This is a 2-day trip where we are spending the night at the hotel in Pyramiden.
    Join us for an extraordinary trip. See all of it, beautiful nature, icecovered fjords, hugh glaciers as well as we take a dive into russian history. To be in Pyramiden…

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

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    2-days summer trip to Pyramiden - Grumant Arctic Travel Co.

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    Experience Pyramiden in summertime in two days!

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    Northern Lights cruise towards the ghost town Pyramiden - 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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    Hybrid-driven speedboat to Pyramiden - Hurtigruten Svalbard

    Longyearbyen

    Made for the future - join us today! Join Hurtigruten Svalbard and Brim Explorer on a hybrid-driven speedboat to Pyramiden. With our new vessel you can join an exciting and more environmentally friendly boat trip, to the Nordenskiöld glacier, and…

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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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  10. Svalbard photo tours and workshop - See & Explore

    Longyearbyen

    Our photo workshops and tours in Svalbard are focused on nature and wildlife photography. On traditional tours, there may not always be enough time to stop and dwell on a good motif, but that is exactly what we do!

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

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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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    Boat trip Pyramiden - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Boat Trip to the russian settlement Pyramiden and towards powerful Nordenskiold Glacier. On the way we pass by a bird cliff, breathtaking mountains of Gipshuken and historically rich place of Skansk Bay.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Food
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    Fjord Safari to Pyramiden and Nordenskiöld Glacier - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Join us on an exclusive trip in a closed RIB boat to the Russian ghost town Pyramiden and the mighty Nordenskiöld glacier.

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    • 2 - Suitable for most

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    • Closed boat
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    Fjord-cruise towards the Nordenskiöld Glacier & Pyramiden - 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 11 hrs, and a warm lunch is included.

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    Excursion by snowmobile to Pyramiden - Poli Arctici

    Longyearbyen

    Incredible snowscooter trip to Pyramiden, the abandoned Russian settlement. Amazing sights into the heart of the Svalbard wilderness.

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

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    • Food
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    Boattrip with Polargirl to Pyramiden & Nordenskiöldglacier - Polar Charter

    Longyearbyen

    Boattrip with MS Polargirl to Pyramiden & Nordenskiöld glacier. Polargirl also pays a visit to Skansbukta and the birdcliff Diabas. Sightseeing in Pyramiden around 2 hours.

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    • 1 - Suitable for all

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    • Closed boat
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    TripAdvisor Traveller Rating - 160 reviews160 reviews
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    RIB Safari to Pyramiden and Nordenskiöld Glacier - Svalbard Adventures

    Longyearbyen

    Join us for an exciting and speedy open boat fjord safari to the Russian ghost town Pyramiden and the mighty Nordenskiöld glacier. Pyramiden was once one of the largest settlements on Svalbard, with about 1000 inhabitants. It was a good place to…

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    Billefjorden Kayak expedition 5 days: Pyramiden and Nordenskiold Glacier - Svalbard Wildlife Expeditions

    Longyearbyen

    Amazing mountains, glacier landscape, cultural heritage and animal life is some of the things that are waiting us. Welcome!

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    • Closed boat
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