Introduction to Barentsburg, Svalbard
Home to only 500 inhabitants, Barentsburg is still the second largest town on Svalbard. Primarily a mining settlement, evidence of its Soviet-influenced past in still present, making the history and landscape equally intriguing. The very definition of 'off the beaten track', cruising with Fred. Olsen is one of the few ways visitors can reach this remote outpost of Europe
Located within the Gronfjorden, Barentsburg is a typically beautiful Svalbard town but with a twist. Unlike tourist-centric towns within Svalbard such as Longyearbyen, Barentsburg is an important industrial town and has been home to a Russian coal mining company since 1932.
A small town of only 500 inhabitants, Barentsburg is still the second largest in Svalbard and has plenty to offer. The easy-to-navigate streets are lined with characterful Soviet inspired buildings – many of which are beautifully decorated - and a number of monuments – including a bust of communist leader Vladimir Lenin - that highlight the Russian influence on the town. Surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks and glass-like calm waters, the town’s natural landscape is ripe for exploration. It is even possible to catch glimpses of majestic Beluga Whales in the summer months.
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- Experience a memorable, traditional folk performance by the local miners
Enjoy a taste of Russia, with a traditional folk show.
Leaving the ship, you will walk to the concert hall to embrace a genuine and entertaining Russian folklore show, which is performed by the mine workers in their spare time. The show is performed to a very high standard – it is performed from the heart, with all their soul. Enjoy melodies of the past which will take you back in time. The dynamic show will include lively Russian, Pomor folk songs and dances from the different provinces of Russia.
TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY CRUISES
Is this tour right for you?
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour includes a moderate amount of walking and stairs at the concert hall. The performance will last approximately forty minutes. From the Harbour Office, you will need to negotiate approximately 220 steps up to the Mess Building. You will be escorted from the ship to the concert hall. Should you wish to stay in town after the tour, please advise your guide and ensure that you are back on board the ship in time for sailing.
- Enjoy a guided walk around the Russian mining settlement of Barentsburg
- Be intrigued why Barentsburg feels like you have stumbled upon a forgotten town, somewhere close to the end of the earth
- Discover the bleak architecture in this derelict town
This is an informative story, focusing on the dramatic history of this little piece of Russia on Svalbard.
Leaving the quayside on foot, brace yourself as you step back in time. Your guide will take you on a walking tour, telling you all about the history of the town, going back right to the beginning of the 1920s, which was the time Barentsburg was established by the Dutch company NESPICO.
You will enjoy a visit to the Pomor Museum which recently moved, in November 2015, to a newly renovated building, allowing more space and light. Learn more about the first steps of Pomor folk on Svalbard, first settlements and development of their activities and interests and research initiated by Pomor folk and Russian scientists.
You will also visits Barentsburg’s newest souvenir shop, which boasts a wide range of goods made in Russia. You can also buy postcards stamped with the 9178 Barentsburg logo from the Norwegian post office, which is located in a hotel.
TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 NORWAY & ARCTIC CRUISES
Is this tour right for you?
IS THIS RIGHT FOR YOU? We would like to point out that it is possible to visit Barentsburg independently; however this tour informs you of the history of Barentsburg and why the town is as it is today, and you will be accompanied by a qualified guide, who will tell this fascinating tale. It will be a Russian, English speaking guide who may have a strong accent. There will be a moderate amount of walking throughout the tour with some steps to negotiate.
From the Harbour Office, you will need to negotiate approximately 220 steps up to the Mess Building. Should you wish to stay in town after the tour, please advise your guide and ensure that you are back on board the ship in time for sailing.
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