A ghost town in the high north with polar bears in the streets.
North, north and even further north. Here we will find the ghost town Pyramiden, complete with the world’s northernmost statue of Lenin. A powerful, brutally isolated town– surrounded by empty buildings and an obvious lack of life. Rumours of Pyramiden’s significance during the cold war abound, but one thing is certain: This was an Arctic outpost, but at the same time an Arctic paradise for those who lived and worked here in the communist spirit. This town was a showcase of communist excellence. We will see and relive Pyramiden’s glory days. The proud atmosphere is still here!While the sun shines over the stern, we sail north through the Isfjord and glide slowly past the bird cliff at Hatten. They aren’t big, but the Brunnich’s guillemot swarm in and out in big flocks. Like all bird cliffs in Svalbard, the cliff shines in bright shades of green, yellow and orange. We will cross Sassenfjord and see the mighty mountain Tempelet guarding the entrance to Tempelfjord. This mountain landmark towers over the fjord like a Sphinx.
At the top of Billefjorden we will pass Brucebyen, a reminder of the Scottish influence, and then we are there…, right under the glacier and its powerful blue walls of ice. It crackles and bangs and if we are lucky, may calve impressively for the photographers on board. Here we will serve lunch from the barbecue on board while enjoying views that would be hard to match at any meal.We will dock at the harbour in Pyramiden, where the Russian guide waits with a rifle on his shoulder. ‘Welcome to Russia’ he says in his slightly broken English and smiles. Polar bears can turn up in the town, and we are going to explore Pyramiden. We must stay together in a group for safety’s sake.
Transport to/from accommodation (not the camping site), warm lunch onboard, sightseeing in Pyramiden with English speaking guide. Tour leader/guide onboard.
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NOK 1550 adultNOK 1350 senior (over 67)NOK 950 childern (2-14 years)
Appr. 9-10 hours
From mid-May to beginning of October
Min. 8 personsMax 70 persons
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