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For centuries, Russians have been coming to Svalbard. Today, Barentsburg continues this tradition. Of the four settlements on Svalbard, it is the second largest. This small outpost is home to less than 500 russian and ukrainian employees of Arktik Ugol, a coal-mining company. Barentsburg produces close to 95,000 tons of high-quality coal which finds its way to the medical and automotive industries. There are no roads leading to this isolated Arctic outpost. It can only be reached by boat, after a 2 day hike in the summer from Longyearbyen, or by helicopter (only for Arktik Ugol employees), and by snow scooter. Visitors to Barentsburg will quickly notice many soviet-era vestiges such as a bust of Lenin, and the unique architecture.
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