The strange ghost town of Pyramiden, Svalbard, Norway

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Russian Mine

If you’re looking for the world’s most northerly grand piano, then a trip to Pyramiden, an abandoned Russian coal-mining settlement in the Svalbard archipelago is in order.

The deserted town, which features a big, steeple-shaped Soviet monument, a children’s playground, a sports hall and, yes, a couple of pianos, functioned as recently as 1998 when the last of the coal was extracted.

Now you can visit by boat or snowmobile and Trust Arktikugol – the coal-mining company that operates on the islands there – has been renovating parts of the settlement to make the desolate and icy place more accommodating for tourists.

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