|Location:||Longyearbyen, Spitzbergen Island.|
Svalbard Explorer: All year Mon-Fri 8:30, 12:30, Sat 13, Sun 10.
Spitsbergen Travel: All year Mon 8:30, 12:30, Tue 10, Wed-Fri 8:30, 12:30, Sat 13, Sun 10.
Svalbard Explorer: Per Person NOK 590.
Spitsbergen Travel: Per Person NOK 590, Children under 14 not allowed.
|Classification:||Coal Mine Room and Pillar Mining|
|Guided tours:||L=1,000 m, D=3 h.|
Svalbard Explorer, Postboks 412, 9171 Longyearbyen, Tel: +47-9076-2933, Fax: +47-7902-3799.
Spitsbergen Travel AS, P.O. Box 548, 9171 Longyearbyen, Tel: +47-7902-6100, Fax: +47-7902-6101. E-mail:
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|FEB-2009mine shut down due to pollution||.|
This is an operational coal mine, 15 km from Longyearbyen, where some 20 workers are employed. The mine produces 65,000 tonnes of coal per year (2001) and the coal is transported by road to Longyearbyen. 25,000 tonnes per year are burned by Longyearbyen Energiverk, to supply electricity and heating to Longyearbyen. The rest is exported to Norway.
The coal seam is in average 1.50 m thick. It is mined by the room and pillar method, where pillars of coal are left to support the roof. The used machinery is a Continuous Miner (CM). This machine scrapes off the coal and throws it on a conveyor belt, following the coal on tracks. It is electrically operated and remote controlled.
Visitors are dressed up in an overall, belt, helmet, gloves, and head lamp. Special equipment for a working mine are ear guards, mask, and mine self rescue equipment. 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.
The tour includes a 15 km ride to the mine and a 5 km ride inside the mine to the active mining area.
Update FEB-2009: The mine has been shut down, at least for some time, because of pollution issues. The mine lacks proper dust suction equipment at the enrichment plant, the result is black coal dust spread all around the Advent Valley and the Bolter Valley. This created problems for tourist firms and dog kennels in the area. The mine is operated by the Norwegian coal company Store Norske, who decided not to appear as the worst polluter on Svalbard and shut down the mine. At the moment we do not know if it may be reopend and we do not know if this effects the tourist tours.