Pyramiden

Epitaph of a polar utopia

Pyramiden was a Soviet mining town located only 900 km from the North Pole, on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Abandoned 30 years ago for economic reasons, it remains one of the northernmost colonies in the world and a monument to the former Soviet utopia.

Far above the Arctic Circle, surrounded by glaciers, fjords and spectacular mountains, the small town was considered a communist success story in its golden age - and a strange anomaly: a thriving Soviet community in a NATO country.

Today remains the silent coal mine, the empty roads, the uninhabited buildings: the deserted places reveal the strange beauty of what is now only affected by the passage of time, in a language of heritage, dreams and memory.

« The abandoned corpse of the Arctic city, a sign of a peculiar Promethean hybris of the Soviet system, rest among the barren landscape of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, like huge remains of a monster, left by the tide. Leviathan, already dead, but still sinister.« 
Katarzyna Majak for Warsow Photo Days