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  • Longyearbyen: Historic Coal Mine Tour at Gruve 3

    1. Longyearbyen: Historic Coal Mine Tour at Gruve 3

    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 work...

    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.

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What people are saying about Coal Mine 3

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Extensive and interesting guidance from a technical, historical, social and work environment perspective. It was also interesting to see and learn more about the various Arctic world archives that are in and adjacent to the mine.

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.

Really nice experience with a very interesting guide, she knows a lot about the mine and city history, I recommend it very much!