Pyramiden School

THE ABANDONED SCHOOL AT SPITSBERGEN


This is the abandoned school of Pyramiden. A small deserted mining town on Svalbard.

A view at the school building

The Russian mining settlement of Pyramiden was abandoned in 1998. Since then time has virtually been standing still here. Especially this kindergarten and elementary school has all the original educational materials and toys still present.

Pyramiden is situated in Billefjorden, its name is derived from the pyramid shaped mountain close by. Mining here started in the summer of 1910 by Sweden. In 1927 the Swedes sold Pyramiden to a Russian mining company. The town became a small Russian village. Through the 1960s, 70s and 80s work in the mines here was very popular. Pyramiden was a good place to be for Russian families.

With its wide streets and planned town-structure the place is a witness to the Soviet presence. Everything here was designed with effectiveness and with mining in mind, but also with the intention of taking care of the workers’ welfare and family life. In contrast to the male dominated Longyearbyen, a community of families was characteristic for the Russian settlements.

The photos of the abandoned school were taken in 2018 during my Spitsbergen trip. See more locations from this island at the North Pole here.

Pyramiden School
Pyramiden School
Pyramiden School
Pyramiden School
Pyramiden School
Pyramiden School
Pyramiden School
Pyramiden School
Pyramiden School
Pyramiden School
Pyramiden School
Pyramiden School
Pyramiden School
Pyramiden School


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