In 1998 all the inhabitants left the small Russian mining town Pyramiden on Spitsbergen. A complete city with a beautiful library, the worlds most northern swimming pool, a dance theatre, a hospital, a newly refurnished hotel and school was left behind in the arctic cold.
The settlement, once with a population of more than 1,000 inhabitants, was founded by Sweden in 1910, and sold to the Sovjet Union in 1927. Since the abandonment of the state-owned Soviet company Arctikugol Trust, things remain exactly as they were left – it seems as if the people could just return to resume work.
Together with the photographer Siri Hermansen, Kjartan Fløgstad visited this “ghost town” at the inner end of the Billefjord. Pyramiden is an account of a journey to one of the most inaccesible places of the world and an archaeology of a lost sense of community.
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