Barentsburg Travel Guide

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Barentsburg Things to Do

  • Pomor Museum

    In the main street the is a Museum, which is suppose to be very interesting. We never had the time to visit on our short stop.

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  • and other than that....

    have fun looking for details!One thing that our tourguide pointed out to us were those little boxes within the windows. No, they are not airconditions - they are Arctic refrigerators!!!

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  • Guided tours

    A guided tour through Barentsburg is a matter of a few minutes, maybe half an hour - not counting a visit to the museum, of course!There is not much to be seen in this little village: the sports center, the church, the museum and a few houses, along with explanations of the glorious efforts of the Soviet people!....Still, this is the way it is, and...

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  • The Church

    The Church of Barentsburg is a very new one: it was built after a terrible plane crash, in which 141 people were killed at Operafjellet outside Longyearbyen in August 1996. These were mostly families of the miners - a terrible loss!The church is a tiny church, more like a chapel and it is open to the public.

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  • Barentsburg Museum

    This really was a highlight and I am so glad we had time enough to visit this museum! They have excellent exhibitions on geology, history and flora and fauna.It is very well described both in Russian and in English - much better than the (old) museum in Longyearbyen.Entrance fee is to be paid in Norwegian Kroners.

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    the russian mining town (less than 1000 inhabitants, mostly men! watch out girls!)note the wooden thing in the foreground: all pipes have to be isolated and kept above ground, like all the buildings ... otherwise they sink... (the usual permafrost problems!)

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    here they can be completely self sufficient: they have a hothouse and they raise cattle indoor too! they say it's the northernost cows...and this must be the northernmost Lenin too!

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  • Talking and walking along side the...

    The Locals told me that There aren't police because the occasional troublemaker ''just gets a little advice from the mine manager,So nice.

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  • Soviet symbols

    These are originals caps worn during the old Russian times. The Picture was taken inside the souvenir shop.

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Barentsburg Restaurants

  • The bar at the hotel

    There is a bar at the hotel. Here they sell souvernirs and of cause a lot of Vodka. A shot of vodka was sold at NOK 10,-. I never saw a menu so maybe vodka was it....

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  • The mine workers' cafeteria

    Our quest for food and drinks took us to the mining company cafeteria, which is not generally open to tourists (since the food is free), but after sitting around for a while, they kindly offered us a meal and some tea for free. Very hospitable, indeed. And it was quite a memorable culinary experience...

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Barentsburg Transportation

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    by tini58de Written May 28, 2006

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    There are no streets leading to Barentsburg, so it is necessary to take the boat! We went on a boat tour from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg. There are two tour companies offering day trips and they are basically identical. The departure times differ a little and what I heard, the food as well! We decided to take the earlier tour and were quite satisfied with it! The two companies are Spitsbergentravel and Wildlife.no.

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Barentsburg Local Customs

  • they sure know how to party!!!

    When we visited Barentsburg we were very lucky: it was the Russian National Holiday!That meant:people had been partying from early morning on and were expected to keep doing so until late in the evening. On the party square south of the church there were lots of stalls - most of them selling vodka, others selling food (like bbq). It seemed that...

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  • Take off your shoes

    As everywhere in Svalbard and also in many places of the Arctic, it is a custom to take off the shoes before entering a building. The photo shows the lobby of the local museum and as you can notice, they do have slippers available for you!The custom of taking off the shoes absolutely makes sense in a place like Barentsburg, since there is coal dust...

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  • Soviet heritage

    As I mentioned before, Barentsburg is a Russian settlement on Norwegian grounds. Most inhabitants are Russian and Ukrainian coal miners and their families. Everything still looks like in old Soviet times: Mr. Lenin still greets you (our guide said, this was merely a "joke" now), you still see the typical propaganda paintings at quite a few places...

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Barentsburg Favorites

  • Facts about Barentsburg

    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....

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  • Tourism in Barentsburg

    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...

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  • Soviet symbols

    Locals says they keep the Soviet relics as a reminder of the past. You can see it on this photo. There are many see my pictures.

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