Coal Mine 3 Visit
with Gruve 3 AS
Get an insight into Longyearbyen’s past
Our town, Longyearbyen, would most likely not excist if it wasn’t for the American, John Munro Longyear, who travelled to Svalbard in the early 1900s and a few years later opened Gruve 1 [Mine 1].
Today, you can join us on a tour in Gruve 3 [Mine 3] as we go back in time. A car or bus will pick the guests up at the different hotels and guest houses in town. A bus or car will take you safely to the mine, a 10-minute drive from town.
Up at Gruve 3 you will walk through the facilities where the machinery and equipment were left behind when production stopped.
Each of you will be kitted with a helmet, headlamp and coverall , ready to begin your mining adventure. During the tour you will have the option to crawl on the very low working height the miners experienced daily. Due to the height of the mine, old-fashioned techniques were applied to mine and extract the coal.
The tour culminates by walking into a main tunnel that was excavated in the 1970s.
We promise an exciting tour which will give you a taste of the old days in Longyearbyen as well as an insight into the future of coal mining on Svalbard and for the Norwegian coal company, Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani. Grab a piece of coal on your way out and bring home a locally produced souvenir.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adults||NOK850.00 per person|
|Children 12 – 15 years||NOK500.00 per person|
|Senior 67+ years||NOK600.00 per person|
We require minimum 2 guests to hold a visit.
Age limit: 12 years old.
Transport: Pick-up and drop-off at your chosen hotel/guesthouse in town. Drop-off at the airport can be arranged (must be confirmed with us prior to your scheduled booking due to luggage space in the car/bus).
Clothing/equipment: Helmets and headlamps are handed out to all our guests. In light of the current pandemic and to prevent further spread of Covid-19, our guests are currently not given the option to wear a miner’s coverall.
The facility and mine are cold. Dress for the outdoor temperature. Warm jacket and pants, wool, warm shoes, gloves and hat are recommended.
Languages: Norwegian/Scandinavian and English. Be aware that most of our tours are held in English. NB: Translation from group leaders only possible on private tours.
Physical requirements: This tour suits most people with a normal physical fitness. Not suitable for wheelchair users.
Other: We have a venue available to hire for your private events. A venue hire can be combined with a mine visit. Contact us directly for a quote.