Saturday Nov 04, 2023

PYRAMIDEN 2 - History of Soviet ghost-town of Pyramiden and details on how to get there with Dmitrii Negrutsa who lives in the Arctic mining settlement Barentsburg on Svalbard archipelago

The host of Chasing Bandos Podcast met today's guest Dmitrii Negrutsa in the canteen building of the former Soviet mining settlement known as Pyramiden. Pyramiden is situated on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and stands as one of the few remaining authentic Soviet ghost towns in the world.

The host was immediately struck by Dmitrii's eloquence and welcoming nature when they met during a visit to Pyramiden with a group of fellow explorers.

During the episode, Dmitrii provides a wealth of information about Pyramiden, offering a vivid picture of life in this abandoned mining settlement. He delves into the realities of Russian presence on Norwegian soil, he clarifies if polar bear threat is real, how the region has transformed since the Ukrainian-Russian war, and what it was like living in Pyramiden from a miner's perspective during the Soviet era.

Additionally, Dmitrii shares his impressions of the group of urban explorers who ventured to Pyramiden. This episode presents a fascinating and unique perspective on the historic and enigmatic ghost town of Pyramiden, as well as the experiences of those who explore it today.

Links / Social Media

Instagram: dmitrii_negrutsa and goarctica


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Why 'urbex explorers' don't share exact locations here:

Intro song is Watcha Gon' Do is performed by Chris Shards [EPIDEMIC SOUND MUSIC LICENSE]. Rapid fire round background songs are: Greaser by TrackTribe and a tune composed by New Jersey explorer dragonboyac

Listnerer discretion announcement at the beginning of the episode was done by Adrian Wunderler-Selby.

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