There is not much information on Barentsburg, except that it is the only Russian settlement on Svalbard, that according to www.world-gazeteer.com it has a declining number of inhabitants and that a few VTers have already been there...
That's about it....
Starting in 1986 Barentsburg has opened up to tourism. Now it is possible to visit the town - usually on a boat tour from Longyearbyen. It is required that you take a guided tour with a local (that is Russian) tourguide. You get a "tour" through the town and get quite a bit of more or less propaganda type information, which is quite interesting!
Fellow travellers who had been to Barentsburg before advised us not to go, because they felt it was not worth it! Okay, there are no spectacular sights there, it is dark and greyish and yes, it is a Russian coal mining town - but it is part of Svalbard and rather unusual.
I would recommend this destination not for the sights, but for the quality of being extremely remote and unusual!
Locals says they keep the Soviet relics as a reminder of the past.
You can see it on this photo.
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