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Barentsburg: Post office & Souvenirshop

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The sun­flower next to the stairs is quite famous: it is Spitsbergen’s only one 🙂 a long time ago, the old Pomor Muse­um used to be in a house behind the stairs, but the muse­um has moved else­whe­re and the house is most­ly gone. In the part of the house that is still the­re, to the right of the stairs, the­re are the post office and a sou­ve­nir shop.

The post office is Nor­we­gi­an, as all of Spits­ber­gen inclu­ding Barents­burg are under Nor­we­gi­an law and sove­reig­n­ty, accor­ding to the Spits­ber­gen Trea­ty. Mail sent from the post office in Barents­burg will get a Nor­we­gi­an stamp and it will be sent via Lon­gye­ar­by­en and main­land Nor­way.

In ear­lier years, both post office and sou­ve­nir shop were in the hotel. During the com­pre­hen­si­ve reno­va­ti­on work that star­ted around 2012, they got their own address and more space. The choice of sou­ve­nirs is real­ly worth having a look at: the­re are much more local­ly made pro­ducts than for exam­p­le in Lon­gye­ar­by­en.



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last modification: 2018-11-09 · copyright: Rolf Stange