Boat trip to Pyramiden and Nordenskiöldbreen, August 1st, 1998
Pyramiden is a russian mining community on Svalbard / Spitsbergen. (The name was taken
from the pyramid shaped mountain next to the settlement.) My Svalbard guide book
claims that the large coal resources will ensure production for many years to come,
but in reality the place will be a ghost town next year. They shut down coal mining
in May 1998 and the (about 180) people left in Pyramiden are currently occupied with
putting the useable equipment in crates and shipping it back to Russia. So this summer
was the last chance to see this settlement (which has been continously inhabited
for more than 50 years) as a lived in place. Soon it will be just another decaying
group of houses, like Grumantbyen on the other side of the fjord.
(Note: In case you wonder about the picture of the cat - this is the most northern cat in the world.)
After Pyramiden we made a short detour to Nordenskiöldbreen and had the obligatory whiskey with (roughly) 3000 year
old icecubes, fresh from the glacier.
Back to dog car ride
On to glacier walk
Back to overview