Day 5, Ghost Town Grumant

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Today we are leaving Barentsburg. Сheck-out and continue exploration of Svalbard’s spectacular wilderness. First, we start off our boat safari towards Grumant and Coles Bay. Grumant is like a small ghost town tucked between the mountains to Coles Bay. This was the largest settlement on Svalbard after the war with up to 1200 people. Russian company Artikugol was running the mines in Grumant valley, and had the port of shipment in Coles Bay. Between these two small towns is a narrow gauge railway which we can see the remains of today. The settlement was abandoned in the beginning of the 1960's. We start walking up the mountain to 500 m height.

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When reaching the top we get a splendid view over Isfjorden and all surroundings. After a visit to town Grumant we go down to Rusanov hut and then another settlement Coles Bay. Trekking route is around 10 km. In Coles Bay valley the guide will show us the only birch grove on Svalbard. An expedition lunch is served outside Grumant. And again ahead! We continue aboard along the Adventdalen valley and in just half an hour arrive to Longyearbyen. Check-in at the Guesthouse Russkiy Dom.

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