Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (Svalbard globale frøhvelv) is established in the permafrost in the mountains of Svalbard. It is designed to store duplicates of seeds from seed collections around the globe.

Read more about Svalbard Global Seed Vault here.

See more photos of the vault here.

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Longyeardalen (Longyear Valley)


Longyeardalen is located between the mountains of Platåberget and Gruvefjellet. The town of Longyearbyen is located in the lower portions of the valley, which is named after the American industrialist John Munroe Longyear. The river of Longyearelva runs through the valley. At the top of the valley you will find the Longyear glacier which is about 4.5 km long.

See more photos of Longyeardalen here and from Longyearbyen here.

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Gruve 6 / Mine 6


Mine 6 lies in the valley Adventdalen between Todalen and Bolterdalen.

The mine was opened in 1967 and production started in 1969. In 1981, production was suspended, without all the coal was taken out. The remaining amount of coal is estimated to be about 380 000 tonnes.

See more photos of mines here and from Adventdalen here.

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Autumn in Longyearbyen


It is rare that there is no snow in the end of September. The picture was shot September 24, 2011, on the way up to Platåfjellet. Longyearbyen lay next the bay of Adventfjorden, a branch of Isfjorden.

See more photos of Longyearbyen here and from the autumn here.

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Larsbreen

On the way to Trollsteinen you need to cross the glacier Larsbreen. Larsbreen is located near Longyearbyen and is reserved for non-motorized traffic. Trollsteinen is a popular hiking destination and rises 849 meters above sea level.

See more photos of glaciers here.

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Coal loader

The coal loader on Hotellneset outside Longyearbyen was used to load coal from Mine 7. In March 2011 parts of the coal loader collapsed as a result of a storm. Continue reading

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Northern light over Longyearbyen

Northern light over Longyearbyen and the Titan crane on Hotellneset. The crane was built in 1953 and was taken out of duty in 1979. It served the coal harbour.

See more photos of the Titan crane here and auroa photos here.

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Tourists on ice floe

Tourists on an ice floe in Vibebukta at Nordaustlandet. The glacier in the background is Bråsvellbreen which is part of Nordaustfonna. Nordaustfonna is Svalbard’s largest glacier and has a glacier front that is nearly 250 km long.

See more photos of glaciers here and from Nordaustlandet here.

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Longyearbyen seen from the underside of the Taubanesentral

Ropeways from three different mines were gathered in Taubenesentralen (the ropeway center). From here the coal was passed on via another ropeway to the coal harbour on Hotellneset where it was stored until shipping season started. The central was finished in 1957 and in 1987 trucks took over the transport.

See more photos of Taubanesentralen here.

 

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Ropeway angle station in Longyearbyen

In the old days, the local coal company, Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani, used ropeway to transport coal from the mine to the storage area on Hotellneset. Some places it was necessary to change the angle of the ropeway. A so called angle station can be seen in the picture. Continue reading

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