Saturday Oct 07, 2023

PYRAMIDEN 1 - Exploring a Soviet Ghost Town at the End of the Arctic World

Welcome to today's episode, which is all about Pyramiden. So, what is Pyramiden? It's a former Soviet mining settlement located in the Arctic Circle on the Svalbard archipelago. This place is a ghost town, frozen in time. The Russians used to mine coal from Pyramiden, a settlement they bought from Sweden. Due to various circumstances, including an airplane disaster in 1996, the decision was made to close all operations.

Fast forward to 2007, the owners decided to embark on new operations, this time linked with tourism. This summer, I invited nine of my former podcast guests on a trip to the Arctic to experience this remarkable place — an experience that makes you feel like you've stepped back in time to the era of the Cold War. You'll have the opportunity to see what living in Soviet Russia was like, with all the relics of the past left behind.

In this podcast, we'll highlight the events of this trip and share the best moments of this adventure.

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Instagram of our guests: Katharina mio_terriyaki, Giannis absenceoftime80 and Max max.bon

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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. Song from the beginning of the episode called Away was performed by Patrick Patrikios.

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

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