"Mine No 7" Top 5 Page for this destination Svalbard Things to Do Tip by Saagar
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Mine No 7 is a working mine. It is owned by its workers, and delivers high quality coal to metallurgical industry and the power plant at Longyearbyen. You can visit the mine by joining a tour organised by Svalbard Explorer. I have visited both No 7 and No 3, and I find the No 7 much more interesting to visit.
You go about 4 kms into the mountains by a minivan, properly dressed by as a miner for protection, and go to the areas where they take out the coal by heavy machines. You have 400 meters of rock above you. It is pitch dark and somewhat claustrophobic. 14 years minimum age for visitors. A guide - also a mine worker - explains the ongoing work, the history and culture around the Svalbard mining operations. He will also show you fozzilised footprints of a 50 million year old large horse-like mammal with paws and claws that walked here...
Don't bring your finest; you will be black from coal dust and ready for a shower after this visit.
Svalbard Explorer will bring you from your hotel and back again.
Leave your camera - because of potential methane gas explosions it is not permitted to take photos.
Directions: The mine is out at the EISCAT antennas beyond Bolterdalen some distance to the east of Longyearbyen.
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