Welcome to Pyramiden

A skeleton staff of Russians still lives at Pyramiden to keep the flag flying, and the reopening of a couple of places to stay has breathed a little life into the settlement, although it remains a largely empty and poignant Arctic outpost. The combination of astonishing beauty (Nordenskjöldbreen, one of Svalbard's most dramatic glaciers, is just across the water), the busts of Lenin, towering Soviet exhortations to defend the motherland and the relics of coal-mining operations tumbling down hillsides is a very Svalbard scene. Staggering beauty scarred by a one-time industrial wasteland make for a jarring juxtaposition of the pristine with the post-apocalyptic.

Top experiences in Pyramiden

Travel guides

Starting at $24.99

Image for