This tour takes you towards the abandoned Russian town of Grumant. In open Polarcirkel boats your guide will power towards the mighty Fuglefjella which now seems empty without the thousands of birds that occupies its walls during the summer. Even so, the cliffs are an impressive sight as they tower 500 metres above the fjord. Those with an interest in history should look forward to beach landings where we will look at remains from Svalbard's fascinating coal mining past. In the years after John Munro Longyear founded Longyear City, many other nations took an interest in the area. Gruman, which lies in a ravine in the bird cliffs, is a Russian mining community that was abandoned in 1961. We will also visit Hiothhamn, a Norwegian mining town last used in 1940.