|Location:||Longyearbyen, Spitzbergen Island.|
Svalbard Wildlife Service:
Mon-Wed 9, Thu 10, Fri 9, Sat 14, Sun 9.
Minimum 8, maximum 25.
Spitsbergen Travel: Winter Mon-Wed 9, Fri 9, Sat 14, Sun 9. Summer Mon-Wed 10, Fri 10, Sat 14, Sun 10.
Svalbard Wildlife Service: Per Person NOK 590, Children under 14 not allowed.
Spitsbergen Travel: Per Person NOK 590, Children under 14 not allowed.
Svalbard Wildlife Service AS, Næringsbygget, Pb. 164, N-9171 Longyearbyen, Tel: +47-7902-5660, Fax: +47-7902-5661.
Spitsbergen Travel AS, P.O. Box 548, 9171 Longyearbyen, Tel: +47-7902-6100, Fax: +47-7902-6101. E-mail:
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This trip leads 500m into the last mine on Spitzbergen, where coal was mined by hand. The reason are the rather thin seams, which resulted in very low ceilings. In coal mines typically only the rather soft coal is removed, the surrounding rock is left. Later the open space has to be filled in, to prevent collapses, so the smaller the room is, the less material has to be moved. Unfortunately the seams were so low, modern machinery did not fit in. This made manual operation necessary, the mineers were only equipped with 50 years old machinery.
As the ceilings are very low, it is definitely not a trip for people with claustrophobia. However, with the provided equipment it is rather comfortable. Visitors are dressed up in an overall, belt, helmet, gloves, and head lamp. Warm clothes, especially fleece and functional underwear are a good idea, because of the minus grades. The visitors should bring sturdy shoes, probably of the warm kind, and clothes to change afterwards.