Pyramiden
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With a fascinating historical background and after being preserved in 1998, Pyramiden is now our Arctic time-machine back to USSR, a piece of land surrounded by magnificent natural landscapes with mountains and valleys. Here you will have a unique chance to immerse into the atmosphere of the Soviet period, visit buildings well-saved after this time, hear the stories of then and now, and even see a movie screening in the northernmost film stock cinema via refurbished original cine-projectors. Anyone who has spent in Pyramiden at least a couple of hours makes a point in this place's extraordinary essence. Today the town "frozen in time" is open and it grows as a tourist location with a cozy hotel and restaurant where the interior has been kept in original decorations from the Soviet period. In 1995 and 2018 King Harald V and Queen Sonja visited Pyramiden and came by the restaurant for a short coffee break.
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Broggi B
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The place ist stunning, really worth a Trip. But be careful when booking the Tour. We went there with Polar Charter one way and payed half the price. (We stayed at the hotel in Pyramiden)
On the way back We went with Henningsen (blue boat) and they charged the whole Tour.
So if you just want to throw money inti the swa go with Henningsen (Bilyfjord or something)
If you want a cheaper and friendlier expwrience, I recommend Polar Charter (red boat)
Written 20 July 2023
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Goona R
Leeds, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We saw the artic fox walked up the street, stopped and looked at the two of us, turned and walked away, had good views of the kittiwakes and snow buntings. I did not go into the buildings and a guide stayed with us, if I did I would not have seen the wildlife
Written 14 July 2023
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Pariderik
Apeldoorn, The Netherlands21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I've been here with my wife in august 22. This was by far our favourite excursion on Spitsbergen. The boattrip from Lonyearbyen to Pyramiden was great including a lunch break in front of Nordenskjiold glacier. It was a strange sight when this former Sovjet town appeared deep in the Arctic fjords of Spitsbergen.

In the town itself we've had a tour through the historic buildings. Really impressive how the Sovjets built this mining town in the middle of nowhere.

The best part of the trip was our stay in hotel Tulipan. While the rest of the tourists left after 2 hours we've stayed in this newly renovated hotel. This hotel was perfect: Luxurious rooms, Sovjet atmosphere in the public rooms, perfect traditional Russian food and nice staff. I recommend everyone to stay for the night in this hotel (You have to book in advance via e-mail)!

If you stay in the hotel don't forget to book a guide and ask for the Petunia Bay tour!
Written 17 January 2023
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Alexander_Kudrin
Samara, Russia13,743 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Was here on a day trip from Longyearbyen.
Russia's northernmost city, the semi-abandoned mining village of Pyramiden, is located in a small bay surrounded by glaciers.
The pyramid meets us with a stele on which the name of the village is written in two languages, Russian and Norwegian.
At the bottom is a trolley filled with coal with the inscription: "On March 31, 1998, this last ton of coal from the Pyramid mine was issued."
Everything "the northernmost in Russia" is located here - the northernmost monument to Lenin, a lawn, etc.
The red granite bust is set on a high concrete pedestal in front of the local House of Culture.
You will not surprise a former resident of the USSR with this village, you are simply transported in time to distant childhood.
Written 31 July 2022
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Zoi P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Pyramiden was a dream trip, it's awesome and i would love to travel there again. I'm excited and can't wait for my next time there
Written 20 June 2022
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JessicaS31
Lier Municipality, Norway84 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
In our opinion this was the most disspointed tour we have seen in our Svalbard trip. It is an ugly town where you have to spent 2! hours with a pro-russian guide. You are not allowed (which is completely normal) to stroll around yourself. The guide said she loved questions, but not if you ask question about the russian relations. Everything is a bit trashed, group was way too big. Next time we would love to stay on the boat to spot wildlife or to get the option to do a hike in the surroundings. Like one of our guides said on earlier tours, why would you visit one of the most beautiful places on earth to visit one of the most ugly places on earth. For us it was absolutely terrible. The guide did not even checked if she had the whole group, while it must have been pretty clear we were playing soccer inside the sportshall.
Written 19 May 2021
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ANIL SEN VERMA
Noida, India409 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
It was amazing place in Svalbard island,,,, experience to reach at Pyramiden was exciting by snowmobile,,,,,over white snow,,, known as Ghost town abonded by Russian,,
Written 15 August 2020
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Tore Nordin
Bergen, Norway125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Friends
Super guided tour. The tourguid was from Ukraine, she had good controll off the history. Speaking English very well. Tours went in to the buildings. The tour ended in the library where you can buy easy food, drinks and sovuniers. Recommend theirs local beer "Pyramiden" Card only as payment.
Written 27 June 2020
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Thomas B
Taarnby, Denmark1,011 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
This was my fourth stay in Pyramiden-and this place get better for each time I come there!.
And-now there is 4G coverage in Pyramiden (Telenor network),so those that does not own a satphone Can get a more safe and comfortable stay there.
The hotel has expanded its restaurant and bar-so it Can handle even more guests.
And there is now also a café at the culture building where you Can enjoy coffee,tea,beer from Barentsburg-and of course Vodka!.
The Cinema has also re-opened after 20 years-so now it is also possible to watch a movie there.
The rooms in the hotel are all fully renovated-and even better than the ones in Longyearbyen-and the price for staying there is a bargain compared to what you pay in Longyearbyen.
I never get tired of visiting this place-it is pure magic!.
Try to get the permission to rent a rifle at the Sysselmannen homepage-and rent one before you go to Pyramiden.Then you Will have the full Freedom to Explore this wonderfull place!!!.
Written 9 January 2020
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Lindlar, Germany15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We only stayed 2 hours in Pyramiden and this ist not enough for photographers. So i guess i have to come back for a two or three day stay at this strange place.
Written 9 December 2019
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