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Report - Pyramiden, Svalbard - May 2013

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    Firstly, I'm not an Urbex'er myself (although I'm an avid reader of this site) but thought this report may be of interest to some people here. Please forgive the image quality, all taken on point and shoot or iPhone.

    Last year I was lucky enough to embark on a trip of a lifetime to Svalbard, a small group of islands located high in the Arctic Circle and home to the worlds most northerly town, Longyearbyen, located at 78 degrees north.

    Location of Svalbard
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    During our stay in Longyearbyen we planned to visit Pyramiden, an abandoned Russian mining village, bit of info here:

    Pyramiden (meaning "the pyramid" in most Scandinavian languages; called Пирамида, Piramida, in Russian) is a Russian settlement and coal mining community on the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway. Founded by Sweden in 1910 and sold to the Soviet Union in 1927, Pyramiden was closed in 1998 and has since remained largely abandoned with most of its infrastructure and buildings still in place.

    The only way to reach Pyramiden is by snowmobile, roughly a 6-7 hour ride from Longyearbyen through the vast open glaciers, valleys, mountains and frozen fjords of Svalbard, certainly not easy! The threat of polar bears is very real on Svalbard, there's more of them there than humans, so a rifle is required at all times outside the boundary of Longyearbyen. Without further ado, he's there pics


    The unique stucture on the main path into Pyramiden
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    Old fuel tanks?
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    Main area at the foot of the old coal mine
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    Abandoned crane and buildings
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    The old community centre, home to swimming pool, gym, theatre etc
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    The old living quarters for the mining staff, and families
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    View from the community centre into the main part of the village
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    Foot of the mine entrance
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    Inside the old swimming baths
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    Wooden walkways connecting various buildings to the mine entrance
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    Inside the old swimming baths
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    That's all I'm afraid, all other pictures are of even worse quality :D

    Pyramiden is a fascinating yet highly depressing place, I can't imagine ever living there being so remote in the vast and harsh wilderness of Svalbard. I'd highly recommend a trip to Svalbard and specifically Pyramiden for those of you who love exploring. I only spent about an hour in Pyramiden, although I wish we had taken a tent (and a few dogs to guard against the bears) so we could've explored the town a bit more during our trip there given the 24/7 sunlight.

    Thanks for reading and apologies if I've broken any forum rules.

    PS - here's the reason you need a rifle on Svalbard! Pictured on our return to Longyearbyen

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