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Location DB > Norway > Svalbard > Longyearbyen > Mine 5
Mine 5
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created by Tupsumato on 9/6/2011 12:36 PM
last modified by Tupsumato on 9/18/2011 5:59 PM
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The accessible part of the mine consists of several buildings built on the hillside. The mine itself can not be entered - the shafts have been closed with explosives.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information

Longyearbyen, Svalbard
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • polar bears
  •  Interesting Features
    Lots of mine-related equipment left scattered around.

    Great views.
     Security Measures
  • blasted tunnels, removed stairs
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1959
    Closed: 1972
     Required Equipment
  • rifle
  •  Recommended Equipment
    something to drink and eat
    Mine #5, also known as "Olav V's mine", was founded by Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani in the 1950s. The road to the site was finished in 1957 and cable-car connection in 1958, and mining began in 1959. Coal was mined until the reserves were exhausted in 1972.
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     Future Plans
    All traces of human activity in Svalbard dating from before 1946 are protected. Although this mine is newer than that, it will not be demolished and will eventually be covered by the cultural heritage law. While safe from demolition, the buildings will eventually collapse on their own or be bought down by an avalanche.

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    September 2011
    Tue, Sep 6th, 2011
    posted by Tupsumato
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 9/20/2011 2:07 AM.

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  • on Sep 20 11 at 2:07, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Sep 18 11 at 17:59, Tupsumato changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Sep 6 11 at 20:21, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Sep 6 11 at 12:53, Tupsumato made this location available
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