An Abandoned Soviet Mining Town, Frozen in Time

An Abandoned Soviet Mining Town, Frozen in Time


(haunting music) – [Voiceover] Situated
above the Arctic Circle, Pyramiden is home to the ghostly remnants of a lost Soviet industrial
way of life, frozen in time. This now abandoned mining
town was established in the early 20th century on
the Norwegian archipelago, Svalbard, and was named after
the pyramid-shaped mountain that looms in the distance. (haunting dramatic music) A walk through this place is a step back in time to past Soviet glory. Remnants of Soviet culture, art, Remnants of Soviet culture, art, and architecture still stand today. (haunting music) It is predicted that due
to the low rate of decay in a frigid climate the
abandoned town’s major buildings will still be visible 500 years from now. That’s longer than any other
modern settlement on Earth. (haunting dramatic music)

26 Comments on "An Abandoned Soviet Mining Town, Frozen in Time"


  1. Great vid as always here but needs a bit of background story – why was it abandoned, what did they mine, why was a Russian mine in Norway. Would have been great to see a quick flash on a world map of where it was exactly too

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  2. I think it's worth mentioning that the place is not completely abandoned – most of the buildings are not used but still there is a working Russian mine there with workers and all that, plus you can get a tour to that place – and that is how the Big Great Story got there, or probably through Norwegian part. The place is still alive because if the Russians leave it completely they won't be able to return as this place technically is Norwegian and they are renting it sort of. I've recently read a report about this place on Russian part of the Internet, though I might be mistaken somewhere.

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