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Longyearbyen: Historic Coal Mine Tour at Gruve 3

4.9 / 5

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Longyearbyen: Historic Coal Mine Tour at Gruve 3

From US$ 84.69 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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Duration 3 hours
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  • 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.
  • 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

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  • Warm clothing

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  • Alcohol and drugs

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  • If you would like to book this tour for 1 person you can contact GetYourGuide customer service and they will check availability with the local partner for you
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4.9 /5

based on 16 reviews

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August 25, 2021

Very good trip, a lot of useful informations.

August 6, 2021

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

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