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  • Address: Pyramiden, Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Family And Kids

In 1998, the last bit of coal was extracted from this eighty year old coal mine town, and the last resident left. For nearly a decade, Pyramiden was a ghost town that no one visited. It is 50km north of Longyearben, and nearly inaccessible.

Since 2007, there have been some attempts to turn the town into a tourist attraction. There’s a hilarious angle to this – since the town is exceedingly far north, a lot of the objects here are the ‘northernmost’ of their type. For example: the northernmost grand piano is here, as it the northernmost monument to Vladimir Lenin and the northernmost swimming pool. The rate of decay here is very slow thanks to the frigidity – that’s why most of the buildings are in exceedingly good condition.

The Tulip Hotel here, where you can also stay overnight, houses a small museum. About 30 people currently live in town; their main job is to take around tourists from Longyearben around town, so you’re in good hands. 

Pyramiden Travel Tips

  • You can only get here by boat or snowmobile. Usually this is as part of a guided tour, but you can also come independently (this is not advised).
  • Though there are no restrictions on visiting the town itself, it is not allowed to enter the buildings without permission – they are still owned by a Russian corporation.
  • Vandalism by tourists is a serious proble don’t add to it.
  • You can stay overnight at the Tulip Hotel here.

How to Reach Pyramiden

  • Boat or snowmobile

  • Ask the locals; get your own food, drinks and snacks.

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  • Pyramiden Address: Pyramiden, Svalbard, Longyearbyen, Svalbard And Jan Mayen
  • Pyramiden Timing: 24-hrs
  • Best time to visit Pyramiden(preferred time): 09:00 am - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Pyramiden: 04:00 Hrs
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  • 9.21% of people who visit Longyearbyen include Pyramiden in their plan

  • 50% of people start their Pyramiden visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Pyramiden

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Pyramiden

People normally club together Barentsburg Pomor Museum and Basecamp Spitsbergen while planning their visit to Pyramiden.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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