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Silent Sunday: Town square at abandoned Pyramiden in Svalbard

The town square at the abandoned Russian settlement Pyramiden in the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic.

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Silent Sunday: House at hastily vacated Pyramiden in Svalbard

A ramshackle house at Pyramiden, a hastily vacated Soviet settlement in Arctic Svalbard

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Silent Sunday: Petrol pump left behind, Pyramiden in the Svalbard Archipelago

Petrol pump left behind at the abandoned Soviet settlement Pyramiden in the Svalbard archipelago

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White (and a little blue): Winter in Norway

A quick, impromptu photo essay of Winter Norway today, as I just noticed this week’s #frifotos theme is WHITE. This is how early January usually looks up here (though looking out my window in the city centre of Oslo right now, not so much. The snow has come and gone… for the moment). I mentioned Sjangs in my last post, […]

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Pyramiden – an Arctic ghost town

I’m in Pyramiden, once a showcase of the Soviet Union, a perfect mining community, set between mountains, glaciers and fjords in the Svalbard archipelago. Today, it’s an Arctic ghost town. The decision to abandon the settlement was sudden, its implementation even more so. The inhabitants were given just hours to pack their bags and leave. […]

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Barentsburg highlights

Barentsburg, you say? Where on earth… ? The Svalbard archipelago has four settlements of significant size, one of them is Russian. Norway has sovereignty over the archipelago, but the Treaty of Svalbard ensures all parties equal access to scientific and economic activities in the islands. Enter the Soviet Union. Since 1932, Russian company Trust Arktikugol […]

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Svalbard – polar bear country

At 78° N – a mere 12 degrees from the North Pole – Svalbard is as far north as I’ve ever been. I’m here with my oldest daughter, to have a look at the Russian Arctic mining settlements. Looks cool and refreshing, doesn’t it? Svalbard is more commonly referred to as Spitsbergen in English. Spitsbergen […]

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