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 traveler. This community was founded by Sweden in the beginning of the 20th century and sold to the Soviet Union in 1927. The living conditions were perfect in the 80-es. It was an Arctic Paradise for those who lived and worked there. The town was without doubt a showcase demonstrating to the West the excellence and strength of Communism. After the fall of USSR Pyramiden was closed and has since then remained abandoned with all its infrastructure in place, ''conserved''. All the buildings are in a good state and the settlement seems inhabited, but the silence reigns over Pyramiden, there is no living soul around… but the polar bears.
Day 1. Saturday
8:30 Picking-up from the hotel
09:00 Boat trip to Pyramiden with Henningsen Transport & Guiding
Stop in near proximity of the Nordenskiöldbreen and whilst we enjoy the view, a warm barbequed lunch is served.
14:00 Guided tour round Pyramiden – a ghost Russian mining settlement
15:00 Check-in Tulpan Hotel
16:00 Free time. Optional activity upon choice.
Option 1. Trekking tour to the water station near Goose Lakes
The route lies in the picturesque Mimenvadallen alongside Mimervaelva. We pass the Goose Lakes - a fresh water basin which is the main source of water for Pyramiden. We will get familiar to the unique engineering solution because of which the lakes are full-watered all the year round. Snacks and warm drink under way. On the way back we can admire the top of Pyramiden Mountain against spectacular glacier Nordenskiøldbreen.
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hrs
Length: 8 km
20:00 Dinner in hotel restaurant
Day 2. Sunday
09:00 Option 2. Walking tour along Petunia Bukta
Easy and short trip suitable for everyone. We start up in Pyramiden and follow the coast of picturesque Petunia bukta until Czech scientific station. The itinerary goes forward upon littoral and the natural soil road on the way back. The tour is a fine option to get out of the settlement as well as get familiar to Pyramiden spectacular surroundings. Seals and walruses basking on the rocky shores. We strongly recommend good walking boots and warm clothes.
Duration: 3 - 4 hrs
Length: 10 km
Option 3. Fat Bike trip to Blue Lakes
The route lies in the picturesque Mimenvadallen alongside Mimervaelva. We pass the Goose Lakes - a fresh water basin which is the main source of water for Pyramiden. We will get familiar to the unique engineering solution because of which the lakes are full-watered all the year round. We continue our trip upwards and soon have a fabulous view on wide canyons of two valleys - Tordallen and Odindallen. Guide serves a delicious lunch. On the way back we can admire the top of Pyramiden Mountain against spectacular glacier Nordenskiøldbreen.
Duration: 3 - 4 hrs
Length: 16 km
14:00 Lunch in hotel restaurant
18:00 Departure with Catamaran Arctic Explorer AS
19:30 Arrival to Longyearbyen
PS Please ask for additional options at the hotel reception.
Pay attention that there is no mobile or Internet connection in the settlement.
Bring warm and windproof clothing, including a hat and mittens. Don't forget your camera or binoculars! Binoculars are also available for rent in the bar on the ship.Remember to bring Norwegian kroner on this fjord-cruise. It is only possible to pay with cash (nok) in Pyramiden.