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Cruises visiting Pyramiden & all Pyramiden cruises for  2019-2020

View Pyramiden 2019-2020 cruises for 3 ships listing 7 cruises from Pyramiden with today's best deals!

Pyramiden (“the Pyramid”) is a Russian settlement on the island of Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago, that lies midway between Continental Norway and the North Pole. This abandoned Arctic town was sold by Sweden to the Russians in 1927 as a coal-mining centre, but closed in 1998. The 40 or so buildings are still there and in recent times have become a tourist drawcard. The settlement is backed by the 874 m namesake mountain shaped like a pyramid. Pyramiden lies at the foot of the 30 km long Billefjorden. Looking across the fjord 12 km to the east is the mouth of the glacier Nordenskiöldbreen.

The Russian coal mining company Arktikugol (“Arctic Coal”) operated at Grumant and Barentsburg to the south (not far from Longyearbyen, the capital, and which also is/was a coal-mining town), and began mining at Pyramiden in 1955. (During WWII all coal-mining towns along the fjord had been destroyed by the German battleships Tirpitz and Scharnhorst and nine destroyers, with the exception of Pyramiden.) The company opened a cultural centre, including a 25-meter swimming pool, in Pyramiden in 1987, and a hotel in 1989, to attract tourists to the town. What they see provides a glimpse into Soviet-era life and culture, frozen in time, in a village predicted to resist decay for longer than any other human settlement.

Pyramiden once had over 1,000 inhabitants, mostly Ukrainians. Today its amenities remain: the cultural centre with a theatre, a library, art and music studios; a sports complex; a canteen; and a primary school. Interestingly, the town still retains the world’s northernmost grand piano, monument to Vladimir Lenin, and the swimming pool. Visitors are welcomed, but without permission to enter buildings. Pyramiden can be reached by boat from about mid-May until the beginning of October, when waters bordering the town are free from sea ice. During the dark winter the occasional polar bear passes by.

Cruises visiting Pyramiden in 2019

Currently sailing Sold out Available OBC = Onboard credit
Date Route Cruise Ports From $/Day

8

JUL

Le Boreal cruises

7

NIGHTS

Le Boreal cruises

$11,710

$1,673

1

AUG

Oriana cruises

18

NIGHTS

Oriana cruises Up to $360 OBC

$4,089

$227

Cruises visiting Pyramiden in 2020

Currently sailing Sold out Available OBC = Onboard credit
Date Route Cruise Ports From $/Day

4

JUL

Le Boreal cruises

8

NIGHTS

Le Boreal cruises

$11,580

$1,448

16

JUL

Azamara Quest cruises

18

NIGHTS

Azamara Quest cruises

$10,649

$592

17

JUL

Le Boreal cruises

7

NIGHTS

Le Boreal cruises

$11,580

$1,654

24

JUL

Le Boreal cruises

7

NIGHTS

Le Boreal cruises

$11,090

$1,584

31

JUL

Le Boreal cruises

7

NIGHTS

Le Boreal cruises

$11,090

$1,584

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