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Location DB > Norway > Svalbard > Longyearbyen > Mine 2B
Mine 2B
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created by Tupsumato on 8/24/2011 12:47 PM
last modified by Tupsumato on 8/24/2011 1:23 PM
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The mine head is a large multi-storey wooden building constructed at the hillside. The lower floors are occupied by the remains of the cable-car system that was used to transport coal to the harbour. The middle part has conveyors and storage silos while in the upper parts there are at least two entrances to the mine, both blocked by multi-year ice, and some offices.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Longyearbyen, Svalbard
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • water
  • steep climb, ice inside the buildings, avalanche in wintertime
  •  Interesting Features
    Lots of intact machinery, tools etc. left behind.

    Great view from the top.
     Security Measures
     Historical Dates
    Built: 1937
    Closed: 1968
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • good boots for climbing
  •  Recommended Equipment
    something to drink
    The mine was founded in 1913 when the Arctic Coal Company began mining coal in a second mine, referred to as "Mine 2", in Longyearbyen. The mine was taken over by the Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani in 1918 and production began in 1921. After several years of high production the price of coal dropped and the mine was at the verge of closure. A second head, "Mine 2B", was opened in 1937 further in the valley.

    In 1943 shells from the German battleship Scharnhorst set the mine on fire. The mine fire was not completely extinguished before 1962.

    Production was restarted after the war and continued until the winter of 1967-1968.
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     Future Plans
    All traces of human activity in Svalbard dating from before 1946 are protected. While safe from demolition, the buildings will eventually collapse on their own or be bought down by an avalanche.

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    August 2011
    Wed, Aug 24th, 2011
    posted by Tupsumato
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     Latest Changes
  • on Aug 24 11 at 18:11, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Aug 24 11 at 13:54, Tupsumato made this location available
  • on Aug 24 11 at 13:54, Tupsumato updated gallery picture mine2b_5.jpg
  • on Aug 24 11 at 13:50, Tupsumato deleted 3 pictures from gallery August 2011
  • on Aug 24 11 at 13:50, Tupsumato updated gallery picture mine2b_3.jpg
  • on Aug 24 11 at 13:49, Tupsumato updated gallery picture mine2b_5.jpg
  • on Aug 24 11 at 13:46, Tupsumato updated gallery picture mine2b_05.jpg
  • on Aug 24 11 at 13:45, Tupsumato updated gallery picture mine2b_2.jpg
  • on Aug 24 11 at 13:45, Tupsumato updated gallery picture mine2b_4.jpg
  • on Aug 24 11 at 13:44, Tupsumato swapped pictures 10 and 11
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