Cruises from Pyramiden
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.