Mining town Svea opens for Svalbard tourists  

Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani, the Norwegian State Mine Company, in cooperation with Basecamp Spitsbergen opens the mining town Svea on Svalbard for tourists

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– We are very pleased that such an experienced and professional tour operator as Basecamp Spitsbergen will be involved in developing Svea as a tourism product, says CEO Wenche Ravlo in Store Norske.

The agreement is based on a test period from January to mid-May 2016

Svea is the world’s northernmost operative mining community stating back to 1917 when Swedish established the mine. We are looking forward to conveying this interesting and colorful mining history through our products. Storytelling is a core value in Basecamp products and on this kind of historical location, in one of most advanced mine operation in the world, it will definitely give a new perspectives of nature in combination with the industrial aspect, says CEO Steinar Rorgemoen in Basecamp Spitsbergen.

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Svea is located 60 km south of Longyearbyen and we will travel on snowmobiles through the majestic landscape with glaciers, vast valleys and frozen tundra. This is a new dimension for tourism on Svalbard, says Rorgemoen.

Basecamp is planning longer, several day expeditions visiting both Svea and Isfjord Radio. Svea is perfectly placed for further exploring the east coast and also suitable for day trips on snowmobiles from Longyearbyen.

This is an inspiring innovation in a demanding time for the community of Spitsbergen when the coalmining operations are laying of personnel. We are pleased to see that the Norwegian State Company see opportunities in tourism and have a forward-thinking attitude, concludes Rorgemoen