Longyearbyen, Svalbard

 Coal Mine no. 3

Are you curious about the coal mining industry in Longyearbyen and the history behind why some men decided to settle here some 100 years ago?


Join us on a tour into Mine no. 3 and get a feeling of the working conditions of a coal miner in the last low-drifted mine i Longyearbyen. Mine no. 3 was in production between 1971-1996 and the working height was no more than 60-90 cm. Old-fashioned methods were therefore applied to extract the coal. 

When production was stopped in Mine no. 3 in November 1996, all the machinery and equipment were left in the facility — none of it could be used in Mine no. 7 or Svea. You can expect an authentic tour into the facility located outside the mountain until we enter one of the main tunnels at the end of the tour. There, you can see some of the coal seams we can find around Longyearbyen and also feel the real darkness of the mine. We will then continue into a couple of the side tunnels where the first seed bank on Svalbard is located as well as the Arctic World Archive.

Sharpen your ears and prepare for a historical and exciting tour into one of Longyearbyen’s coal mines!

We have been seeing other mines in Europe but this guided tour was really special and very interesting.








Tours run daily Monday-Sunday. Please be aware that times can vary during holidays.



690 NOK

350 NOK

520 NOK



Children (0-11)

Senior (67)



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.


Coveralls, helmets, headlamps and gloves are handed out to all our guests.

Nice to visit and get the story behind the mining activities in Svalbard. Great guide with interesting stories!

Venue Hire

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: / +47 482 76 183.

Capacity seated: 150 people

Capacity standing: 220 people


Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. Our office is open Monday-Friday 8am-4pm.

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