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.
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.
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 →
Late in October the daylight disappear from the archipelago. The sun is below the horizon all day – and we enter the twilight and polar night period. The blue light at midday color the landscape in stunning shades of blue.