The main avenue of Pyramiden, a Soviet Ghost Town in the Arctic Circle

Pyramiden is a ghost town located on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, between Norway and the North Pole.


Set on the remote archipelago of Svalbard, at over 78 degrees north, Pyramiden is an abandoned Russian mining village. One of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, visiting Pyramiden today is like stepping into a time machine. The settlement was closed in 1998 but while much of the town now lies dormant, the Pyramiden Hotel was renovated and reopened in 2013. It’s said to be the northernmost hotel in the world.

Located at the foot of the Billefjorden on the island of Spitsbergen, the main avenue of the ghost town is totally paved with concrete. It was once one of the main streets of the city, with a number of shops and stores. It’s 4.22 km (2.62 mi) long, running from Pyramiden Port to the western end of the city. Remember to explore the area with an armed guide. The Polar bear could be around, so you should be most careful.