Driving to the mine is like driving back in time. On this tour you will get familiar with the history of Longyearbyen. Learn how the company town has grown into its modern form - starting from the early 20th century and ending in the late 1960’s when Mine 3 was opened. Arriving at Mine 3, you will change into miners’ clothes, put on a helmet and sign yourself in, just like the miners did when starting their day.
Mine 3 is a living monument of the mining history in Spitsbergen. The equipment is still here, just waiting for the next shift to start. Coal wagons are ready to transport workers deep into the mine. Drills and shovels are leaning against the walls. The anvil of a smith is gathering dust in a corner. On the tour, we present vivid stories of the everyday life of the miners. You can hear the walls whispering memories of the past. As you approach the entrance of the mine, light from the outside fades away and you can imagine what it was like to spend the whole day in the pitch-black mine. Once our shift is over, we return to the dressing room, sign ourselves out of the mine, and change back into our own clothes leaving the black dust behind.