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“Russia in Norway”

Barentsburg Pomor museum
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Zurich, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Russia in Norway”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

Barentsburg shows all the typical signs of a forgotten Russian outpost. Decrepit buildings (though I don't know if the poor quality of the buildings is due to lack of funds to restore them or the harsh conditions that prevail in these latitudes, probably a bit of both), huge statues extolling the virtues of the heroes of socialism and horrific communist architecture. Sound awful? No, it is absolutely fascinating and a must see if you visiting the Spitzbergen Islands.

Visited July 2013
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Stavanger, Norway
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fascinating visit”
Reviewed 3 July 2013

We visited Barentsburg by snowmobile from Longyearbyen, and it was a truly fascinating visit. It felt like going 30 years back in time to the old Sovjet Union. Propaganda seemed to play a central part there, also among the tour guides. Make sure to visit this museum as well as taking the tour through this fascinating town.

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
188 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
“Even if you can not read Russian”
Reviewed 1 October 2012

If you are in Barentsburg this is a must-see. A lot of the legends for the exhibits are in Russian but most of the exhibits speak for themselves so that is not much of a drawback. It is a very small museum so you can see the whole thing in one hour and you will get a whole new perspective on the history of Svalbard (and a feeling you are back in the old USSR).

Visited September 2012
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