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Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

The mine gives you spectacular views over the fjord - it’s a ghost mine. It’s like the miners walked out yesterday. Therese is even a tape player in the engineering shop that can be played. Our guide was called Camilla and was excellent. Clear and knowledgeable in her approach. You get to try out working in the same conditions as the numbers did in the 1990’s before the mine closed. I would 100% recommend this trip

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

Booked this tour through the Radisson Blu Polar hotel with some others as we only had a few days in Longyearbyen.
We are being picked up at the hotels entrance, here we met a young Swiss girl who was also going on the tour, it ended up just being the three of us when we got picked up in a van, right on 09:00. Firstly we drove a bit around the town, right up to the Mines Cottages, about as far up the valley as one normally goes up, it was still dark and the whole valley was lit up like at night, it was like being in a Scandie Noir drama. A bit more around the town and then we headed to Mine #3 located basically above the Airport.
We went right past the World Seed Bank, not the only one in the world but arguably the most famous.
We got to the mine and our guide let us in and explained how, in the 90's, the coal seam that this mine was following became so small that it was no longer viable and the owners decided to just shut the door and walk away. Since then it has been opened for Tourism and was only opened to the extent it is open for us today, this year.
Unexpectedly, we were told that we had the opportunity later in the tour to experience the cramped working area that the miners worked in, so now we could don overalls, gloves, helmets and cap lamps. We all did this and we were quite a sight,. Entering the mine, it is like a ghost mine, the railway tracks, engines, carriages, with logs for shoring up the tunnels, metal bracing, everything like it was ready to be used, and it was a really great place to be. We followed the tracks where sound effects mimicked the real Mine sounds to a tunnel through which we could crawl to somewhat experience what the miners did - this tunnel was only 20 metres long and would only take a few minutes, while the Miners would have to crawl up to 200 metres and work there for 8 hours (with a 30 minute break), we put on knee pads and crawled through, it was terrific. We re-joined our guide and continued through the workshops with Blacksmiths shop, electrical, mechanical etc. all just left as it was.
Only opened this year is an extension to the tour that took us down the main tunnel in the dark (only our cap lamps for light) and to one of the smaller branch tunnel which took us to the first Seed Bank here in Longyearbyen, it was put here in Tunnel A42 in the 1980's, no longer used, it is still pretty cool to see this underground entrance. We exited the main tunnel back to the crib room and were shown a video made in the eighties about all that we had been told of the working conditions and processes, it looked like a very demanding and hazardous place to work, although the coal seam s unlike most coal mines, it’s up a mountain and on one one level, so the methods of mining are not like other coal mines. We got a cuppa and a biscuit which we watched the video. We were driven back to the hotel with smiles on our faces, it was a terrific tour.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed July 15, 2018

The guide was very knowledgeable and took us through some of the now abandoned coal mine. We got equipped with an overall and a belt with a hard hat and a lamp. We got to try and crawl through a narrow passage to experience how it was for the miners to move about inside the mine. Interesting tour that I would recommend to anyone. Just make sure to bring warm clothes.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank peeteecruizer
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Reviewed June 26, 2018

Very skilled guides took us into the mines telling the story of how the miners built the society and how working in the mines was like.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank TorKr
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Reviewed June 15, 2018

Our guide was super good to tell about the mine and how is has been to work in the mines on Svarlbard.
Go there !

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank MetteB_13
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