Guided tour

Longyearbyen: Historic Coal Mine Tour at Gruve 3

4.8 / 5

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Longyearbyen: Historic Coal Mine Tour at Gruve 3

From £63.97 per person

Explore one of Longyearbyen’s coal mines and get an insight into a miner’s life in the northernmost settlement in the world.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Listen to stories and anecdotes of a coal miner in the northernmost settlement
  • Discover old-fashioned equipment and machinery
  • Walk into a main tunnel that was excavated in the 1970s
Full description
Start with pickup at the hotels and guesthouses in town before a short drive to the outside facility of Mine Number 3. On the way there, you will pass the world-renowned Global Seed Vault where over 1 million seeds from around the world are stored. The first seed bank on Svalbard was opened in Mine no. 3 in 1984. This is where the ideas to build the Global Seed Vault on Svalbard started — by storing seeds in the permafrost with no need for electricity.  Enter the facility and explore maps over Longyearbyen and Svalbard. Enjoy a historic coal mine and listen to the stories and anecdotes of what was the last mine in town where thin-seam production was applied. Expect in-depth information about the town’s history and why some men decided to settle here some 100 years ago. A model of the mine is used to illustrate how the coal was extracted using thin-seam techniques. Walk through the workshops and see machines and equipment that was left behind when the mine was shut down in 1996. Put on a miner’s overall and crawl through a replica of a mining shaft and get a feeling of how a miner spent his days. Towards the end of the tour, discover the mine itself by walking 300 meters in and entering two different side tunnels.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 3-hour coal mine tour
  • Transportation
  • English or Scandinavian-speaking guide
  • Helmet and headlamp for safety
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Alcohol and drugs

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  • If you would like to book this tour for 1 person you can contact GetYourGuide customer service and they will check availability with the local partner for you
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4.8 /5

based on 20 reviews

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Great tour, very knowledgeable and accommodating guide.

11 January 2022

The guide was very nice, very informed and explained to us all about the history of the mine and the mine workers. But you have to be able to withstand closed and dark spaces in order to enjoy it

6 January 2022

It was an exciting tour. You get a good impression of what the workers experienced in the mine.

24 December 2021

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