Longyearbyen: Historic Coal Mine Tour at Gruve 3

4.9 / 5

11 reviews

Longyearbyen: Historic Coal Mine Tour at Gruve 3

From $86.88 per person

Explore one of Longyearbyen’s coal mines and get an insight into a miner’s life in the northernmost settlement in the world.

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Free cancellation
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Norwegian
Pickup included
Please wait outside or right inside the main entrance of your chosen pickup location. The guide will come find you.

Experience

Highlights
  • Listen to stories and anecdotes of a coal miner in the northernmost settlement
  • Discover old-fashioned equipment and machinery
  • Walk into a main tunnel that was excavated in the 1970s
Full description
Start with pickup at the hotels and guesthouses in town before a short drive to the outside facility of Mine Number 3. On the way there, you will pass the world-renowned Global Seed Vault where over 1 million seeds from around the world are stored. The first seed bank on Svalbard was opened in Mine no. 3 in 1984. This is where the ideas to build the Global Seed Vault on Svalbard started — by storing seeds in the permafrost with no need for electricity.  Enter the facility and explore maps over Longyearbyen and Svalbard. Enjoy a historic coal mine and listen to the stories and anecdotes of what was the last mine in town where thin-seam production was applied. Expect in-depth information about the town’s history and why some men decided to settle here some 100 years ago. A model of the mine is used to illustrate how the coal was extracted using thin-seam techniques. Walk through the workshops and see machines and equipment that was left behind when the mine was shut down in 1996. Put on a miner’s overall and crawl through a replica of a mining shaft and get a feeling of how a miner spent his days. Towards the end of the tour, discover the mine itself by walking 300 meters in and entering two different side tunnels.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 3-hour coal mine tour
  • Transportation
  • English or Scandinavian-speaking guide
  • Helmet and headlamp for safety
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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    4.9 / 5

    based on 11 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Transportation
      4.6/5
    • Value for money
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    A fascinating overview of local history and industrial archeology. You really appreciated the hard lives the miners led. The tour was made by our lovely and knowledgeable guide.

    February 2, 2020

    very interesting experience

    January 16, 2020

    Extensive and interesting guidance from a technical, historical, social and work environment perspective. It was also interesting to see and learn more about the various Arctic world archives that are in and adjacent to the mine.

    December 14, 2019

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