Articles with tag: barentsburg

Pyramiden  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...
During my time visiting Svalbard I lost 4 lbs (2 kilograms). Moreover, it happened easily and without me noticing! We didn't starve - on the contrary, we ate a lot of good food. However, we were always going somewhere, and, as a rule, we usually went uphill.  The ascents were...
IsFjord radio is a small station that was once the point of contact between  Svalbard and Norway. Now it is a tourist complex, complete with a restaurant and a lounge room (so comfortable that I fell asleep on the couch). It was an interesting route: we went out in the morning from the...
Esmark Glacier is a gigantic mountain of thick ice, stretching for about 9 miles (15 km), bringing the to Ymerbukta. When the glacier meets the water, the ice becomes covered with crevasses. Chunks of ice fall down into the water and begin to drift with the wind and the...
There is justice! After a crushing defeat during our time fishing in the sea, near the Storseisundet Bridge, the Norwegian waters of  Svalbard fully compensated past failures. After 30 minutes of spooning near Cape Starostin, we caught six codfish and, no doubt, would have caught...
What are the tourists doing in  Svalbard ? Of course, they are walking, enjoying the amazing views of nature and the wild animals. The archipelago adjusts the traveler to a quiet and peaceful contemplation. The polar nature is something special: it seems that it is poor and faceless...
Living conditions on the polar archipelago bring their own characteristics to the life of its inhabitants. For example, there is a ban on death in  Longyearbyen - this is a real legal law prohibiting the death of residents in the town (dying leads to...
When I hear the phrase "the polar village", I imagine some dilapidated ghost village, old barracks with empty windows and an omnipresent Lenin, holding out his hand toward a bright future. Barentsburg - the Russian town in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard - completely broke the...