Are you curious about the coal mining industry in Longyearbyen and the history behind why some men decided the settle here some 100 years ago?
Our town, Longyearbyen, would most likely not have been here if it wasn’t for the American, John Munro Longyear, who travelled to Svalbard in the early 1900s and in 1906 decided to open a coal mine.
Today, you can join us on a tour in Gruve 3 / Mine number 3 as we go back in time. A car or bus will pick the guests up at the different hotels and guest houses in town. Points of interest are pointed out as you are taken safely to the mine, a 10-minute drive from town.
Up at Gruve 3 you will walk through the facilities where the machinery and equipment were left behind from production. Each of you will be kitted with a «lomp» (miner’s overall), helmet and headlamp, ready to begin your mining adventure. During the tour you can crawl through a replica of a mining shaft to feel the very low working height of the mine. The coal seam wasn’t thicker than 60-90 cm, which meant the working height was the same. Old-fashioned methods where therefore applied to extract the coal from the mountain.
The tour culminates by walking 300 meters into a tunnel that was excavated in the 1970s. We will make a few stops into two of the side tunnels where the entrance to the first seed bank on Svalbard can be seen as well as the Arctic World Archive. We will switch off our headlamps to feel the darkness of the mine.
We promise you an exciting your, which will give you a taste of the old days in Longyearbyen, as well as an insight into the future of coal mining on Svalbard. Grab a piece of coal on your way out and bring home a locally made souvenir.
Tours run daily Monday-Sunday. Please be aware that times can vary during holidays.
The tour is suited for most people. Are you in need of assistance, please contact us prior to your scheduled booking. Please be aware that most tours are held in English.
NB! We require a minimum of 2 guests to hold a visit. Translation from group leaders only possible on private group tours.
Private group tours available for minimum 10 guests.
You will be kitted with a “lomp” (miner’s overall), helmet and headlamp.
An old storage room in the facility is available to hire for your private events, such as dinners, concerts and birthday parties etc.
You are welcome to combine your venue hire with a guided tour into the coal mine.
Contact us for a quote: firstname.lastname@example.org / +47 482 76 183.
Capacity seated: 150 people
Capacity standing: 220 people
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. Our office is open Monday-Friday 8am-4pm.