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Pyramiden (Billefjord)


This area in central Pyramiden was a meadow of grasses from Siberia, where only children and reindeer were allowed to roam until the settlement was abandoned in 1998. The sign of the mining company and of course Lenin are amongst Pyramiden’s most popular photo objects. The Lenin bust is probably the northernmost one of its kind, unless there is another one somewhere in those few parts of the Russian arctic which are even further north. I have been to the old station on Rudolf Island in northern Franz Josef Land and I haven’t seen any Lenin there. Let me know if you know of any Lenin further north.

The entrance hall of the culture house behind the Lenin statue.

The sports hall is also part of this sovjet-style culture house.

One of several rooms on the second floor of the culture house.

The swimming hall is in a separate building not far from the culture house, next to the open air sports arena “Gagarin”.

Large room on the second floor of a house between hotel and culture house.

A large building with accommodation for miners. Today, it is only inhabitated by Kittywakes that nest in the window frames, making a lot of noise. You can also see hotel Tulipan (tulip).

Bar and restaurant of Hotel Tulipan, not long after the re-opening of the hotel in spring 2013. Not a bad place to spend some time: the service was surprisingly good and the food rich, but Russian style: don’t be surprised about chicken and rice for breakfast. The prices remind, however, of western capitalism, Longyearbyen-style.

Room in hotel Tulipan. Every room has its own toilet. But the shower is somewhere else and costs 50 NOK extra.

The “bottle house”

The famous “bottle house” just outside of Pyramiden on the settlement’s western side (away from the fjord). One can only guess how much time it took them to get the building materials ready 😉 Said to be 5308 bottles! The bottle house was built in 1983.


last modification: 2017-12-27 · copyright: Rolf Stange