is a village built in the USSR for its access to the coal mines in Spitsbergen. It is now dormant because the mine was closed. Now, almost 20 years later, the village has begun to open up to tourists and, in the future, plans to convert it into a tourist site. We had the unique opportunity to see this time capsule from the Soviet era.
Pyramiden is pretty remote from
- the distance is more than 74 miles (120 kilometers). Therefore, it takes a long time to get to the village and deserves a separate review. Also, on the way we met a very unusual sight for the polar archipelago company...
is in the haze. If you look closely at the top you can see telecommunications transmitters:
Though it is the polar day right now, and days and nights are light, the landscapes, light and weather are constantly changing:
We saw the water-parting - from the dark to the light:
Here are several photos of the coast of Spitsbergen. Although these photos may seem monotonous, they never stop fascinating me:
For lunch, we stopped in one of the most beautiful bays of the internal fjords - Skanska Bay.
Among the points of interest here, you can find the remains of the Norwegian gypsum mine, a Norwegian boat from the beginning of the last century, waterfalls on the upper terrace and bird colonies:
Such a magnificent panorama!
And here is the boat. Its lower bow is covered with iron, in order to wade through the icy waters:
Here are rails of the gypsum mine:
I will be going to Kilimanjaro so, recently, my new rule is: if you see a mountain, climb it:
Here are beautiful views of the fjord. In the foreground is the gypsum mine area:
Only 65 feet (20 meters) from the top, I saw a tuft of white fur and began to feel a little nervous. I was alone; no weapons and no guide. Although common sense reminded that polar bears do not climb mountains, I hurried back. Already at the foot of the mountain, the guide told me that the fur belonged to a deer.
Suddenly, without rhyme or reason, we heard the sound of music. Hearing it in such a place was strange to say the least. It turned out that the guys from Longyearbyen had arrived here for a barbecue, and brought all of their instruments, including a drum kit and bass guitar. Our guide appeared to be the virtuoso of guitar playing and played alongside the musicians:
This is a Norwegian summer house. Such a cozy shed:
The tops of the mountains, as always, were in the clouds:
Puffins settled on the rocks:
Such a funny birds. Look like a strange polar parrot:
Finally, Pyramiden appeared. It is immediately obvious that this is a Soviet village - everything is built out of brick:
Despite the fact that the village is dormant, people live here. Who are they and what are they doing? I'll tell you everything in the next review!