July 25, 2017
Author Pontus
Personal, Photos, Travel, Pyramiden, Gallery

Svalbard, Longyearbyen

Posted by PontusJuly 25, 2017
Personal, Photos, Travel, Pyramiden, Gallery

A place with or without light, never both.

We have this thing, me and a friend, where we travel to the least accessible and least visited places in the world. The first trip we took, went to the lonely island of Svalbard, and the amazing place of Пирамида (Pyramiden).

Nice view from the SAS airplane over Svalbard
Some info from Wikipedia

Svalbard, prior to 1925 known by its Dutch name 'Spitsbergen', is a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Situated north of mainland Europe, it is about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole.

The archipelago features an Arctic climate, although with significantly higher temperatures than other areas at the same latitude. The flora take advantage of the long period of midnight sun to compensate for the polar night. Svalbard is a breeding ground for many seabirds, and also features polar bears, reindeer, the Arctic fox, and certain marine mammals. Seven national parks and twenty-three nature reserves cover two-thirds of the archipelago, protecting the largely untouched, yet fragile, natural environment. Approximately 60% of the archipelago is covered with glaciers, and the islands feature many mountains and fjords.

Pyramiden.. welcome to russia.

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.

Since 2007 there have been efforts to make it a tourist attraction. They have not succeeded, but we still went there, and it was amazing.

I'd say don't go here during summer, but it's shit weather all year long. So any time is good. Boats might not be able to take you to the Pyramiden's port during winter tho.

Outside the airport in Longyearbyen.
Outside the airport in Longyearbyen.
On our way to the Pyramiden
On our way to the Pyramiden
Believe it or not, it's high summer.
Believe it or not, it's high summer.
The cookery in some random abandoned building
The cookery in some random abandoned building
The most northern Stallin torso in the world.. located in the Pyramid.
The most northern Stallin torso in the world.. located in the Pyramid.
Abandoned buss outside the Polar hotel in Longyearbyen, doubling as the smokers lounge.
Abandoned buss outside the Polar hotel in Longyearbyen, doubling as the smokers lounge.
Ted, sceptic about where we're gonna spend the night.
Ted, sceptic about where we're gonna spend the night.
The entrance to the pyramiden
The entrance to the pyramiden
Splendid views from the hotel..
Splendid views from the hotel..
We spent the night at the "Hotel".

... the boat comes and goes once/day. So we spent 24 hour at the Pyramiden, and little did we know that we where not allow to go outside without hiring a "guard", since the polare bears where lurking.

It was nice tho. No cell reception, no other people, only borsch and vodka. Oh, and a sun that never sets,

Abandoned pool..
Abandoned pool..
Walk on the wild side.
Walk on the wild side.
Voted best profile picture on tinder back in 2017
Voted best profile picture on tinder back in 2017
Yup, also abandoned. You know. Perfect place to film a horror movie. In russia.
Yup, also abandoned. You know. Perfect place to film a horror movie. In russia.
The hotel at least had some super nice slipper you could use when heading outside to smoke.
The hotel at least had some super nice slipper you could use when heading outside to smoke.