Barentsburg

[Looking up Barentsburg from the port]
Barentsburg looking up from the port

[Barentsburg from an airplane][Barentsburg from an airplane]
Barentsburg looking down from the airplane

Barentsburg, Russian mining settlement, is situated on the sunny east slope of Greenfjorden.
The Russian company " Trust Arktikugol " has been mining here since it bought the settlement from the Netherlands in 1932.
However, the mining seems to have been stopped due to fire on 17th Apr., '08.
map
1Boat landing2Harbor Master
3Stolovaya, Bakery, Cafe and carteen4Town Square, Platform, Souvenior Stall
5Gymnasium6Library, Hall, Theater
7Trust Arktikgol8Pomor Museum
9Hotel Barentsburg10Lenin statue
11Ice Cream Cafe12Russian Council
13Hockey ground14Alexandre Football pitch
15Green House
(Vegetable, Pigs, etc.)
16Heliport 2km
17Hospital18Researcher
19To Mine20To Longyearbyen
21To Power Plant

Landing to Barentsburg

From the wharf, a charming woman guided us. "Welcome to Barentsburg. Please go up the stairs with 263 steps to the town center."

Pomor Museum (Map 8)

The main street, paved with stone, turned to right at the corner of the theater.
[Building of the museum]
There was the Pomor Museum close by the corner, and I visited it. "Pomor" means Russian people living in the White Sea area. "Po" and "more" mean "by" and "sea", respectively.
The museum is introduced by "Lonely Planet" as "you should rush into the museum during the tour"
attentionYou can see the lights in the museum turned off in the above photo. The lights are considered to be turned on only during the guests in the museum. Is it an idea for reducing electric power?
ticketticket
Ticket (obverse side)Ticket (reverse side)
brochurebrochure
Brochure (obverse side)Brochure (reverse side)

The first floor of the museum contained a souvenir shop, a cloak room, and an art room exhibiting pictures.
In the souvenir shop, even post cards sent from the Russian mainland and notes used in Byelorussia were sold.
I could not obtain the commissary note issued by Trust Arktikugol, of course.
The second floor consisted of seven rooms.

Room 1 NatureRoom 2 Geology
[Room 1][Room 2]

Room 3 XVI - XVIII B. B. SpitsbergenRoom 4 Barents expeditionRoom 5 Scientific exploration of Spitsbergen
[Room 3]No photo[V. A. Rusanov]
Rusanov is a Russian explorer.

Room 6 Barentsburg yesterday and today
[1920 - 41][WWII]
1920 - 41
Many photos about sea and ship
WWII

Room 6 Barentsburg yesterday and today
[Recovery from the WWII][1950 - 90][Scientific research]
Recovery from war during 1946 - 1950 It was a very active era in Barentsburg in 1950s to 1990s. In 1970s, a large scale construction programme gained momentum at Barentsburg including blocks of Mats, a hospital, a kindergarten, a sports completes and a swimming pool. a recreation compien with a movie, a concert hall, and a dance, a public library with a classrooms and last but not least, a set of research buildings.Scientific research

Room 6 Barentsburg yesterday and today
[Properties of the ballerina ?][Friendship between USSR and Norge][Medals]
Photos are considered to be a report of visiting Barensburg by a famous person. An article titled "Spasiba Barentsburg" (written in English).
There were photos of Maya Plisetskaya who spent her early childhood here.
Friendship between USSR and NorgeMedals presented to the veterans of the mine worker

Room 7 Mine view
[Model in mine]


After leaving the museum, I went to Hotel Barentsburg.

Trust Arktikgol

[Workers in the front of the office]
Some workers were waiting (?) in the front of the office. They came here by a vehicle (truck) just before this capture.

Hotel Barentsburg

[Main street of Barentsburg][in the front of the hotel]
The hotel stood at the end of the main street. When I visited, the last "r" of "Hotel Barentsburg" was lost. Norwegian postal and telephone emblem were hung out in the front of the hotel. Though it is difficult to recognize in the above photo, I was putting a drink bottle to a trash. The trash was a penguin opening its mouth, which lives in the Antarctic far from here. The design of the trash seemed to be standardize in Barentsburg, and I found no refuse in the road.

[Dining room of the hotel][Souvenior shop in the hotel]
The dining room situated at the first floor. Vodka bottles in the bar was impressive. The interior was kept by fine woods. I spent some time at a souvenir shop which sold small dolls, Russian caps, gloves, shoes, and T-shirts. I felt strange that there was a counter selling women's underwear at a corner of the shop.

My visit for 1.5h was over at the hotel.

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