Pyramiden


One of my readers alerted me that he traveled to Pyramiden, I’m so thankful that he did. The following post comes from Murray Foote who is a great photographer. Thanks Murray for sharing.

Murray Foote

Pyramiden, Spitsbergen. Day 37. 4th August 2013.

Architecture, Coal, History, Landscape, Nordenskiöld Glacier, Photography, Pyramiden, Russia, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel

From Nordenskiöld Glacier, we sailed across the fjord to Pyramiden, an abandoned Russian coal mining town.

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Architecture, Coal, History, Landscape, Nordenskiöld Glacier, Photography, Pyramiden, Russia, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel

Pyramiden was founded by Sweden in 1910 and sold to the Soviet Union in 1927.  It closed down in 1998 and 1,000 people once lived here.

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There is now a small hotel there and it is possible to stay overnight.  Almost certainly, this is not the hotel.

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However, this is still polar bear country.  Wherever you wander, there must be someone with a rifle and you are not permitted to wander away from the group.

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An interesting array of old industrial artifacts.

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As you can see from the plan, it’s a substantial settlement.

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Architecture, Coal, History, Landscape, Nordenskiöld Glacier, Photography, Pyramiden, Russia, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel .

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Architecture, Coal, History, Landscape, Nordenskiöld Glacier, Photography, Pyramiden, Russia, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel

Instructions by a guide before proceeding.

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The old mine structures are still impressive.

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Architecture, Coal, History, Landscape, Nordenskiöld Glacier, Photography, Pyramiden, Russia, seascape, Spitsbergen, Travel

And when we look back, there is…

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