National Geographic Video: View Arctic Soviet Ghost Town of Pyramiden in Svalbard!

This largely abandonned Russian settlement on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard is simply unique! I love the place and its surroundings… You are stepping back in time, to the heyday of the USSR. Soviet culture, architecture and politics permeate the town, from the block-style housing to the bust of Lenin…

Pyramiden lies in fact at the foot of the Billefjorden on the island Norwegian of Spitsbergen and is named after the pyramid-shaped mountain with the same name adjacent to the town… 

Take 13 minutes to watch this great short Film Showcase edited by National Geographic about the ghost town Pyramiden and the fascinating guide Sasha and: “Take a Tour of a Soviet-Era Ghost Town at the Edge of the World“!


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“… Today only six people permanently reside in the former communist outpost. Working as Pyramiden’s resident tour guide, Aleksandr Romanovsky is one of those few inhabitants. Better known as “Sasha from Pyramiden,” Romanovsky gives tours of the frozen Soviet time capsule to curious tourists.

In this short film from filmmaker David Beazley, visit the Arctic ruins of the Soviet era as Romanovsky reflects on his solitary life at the edge of the world.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic’s belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

Know of a great short film that should be part of our Showcase? Email to submit a video for consideration. See more from National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase at…”.


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