Frozen in time: The Arctic’s Soviet-era ghost town that is seeing a tourist revival with visitors keen to see the abandoned mine and Lenin bust (and…

Time-warped Pyramiden has become a popular curiosity in the Arctic Circle world of mountains, fjords and glaciers It is on a fjord on Norway’s Spitzberg island in the Svalbard – islands between Norway and the North Pole This summer eight Russians were employed at Pyramiden to look after the hotel and the coal-fired water system | 52 View comments A man in a chapka hat and black coat, rifle slung over a shoulder, idles on the pontoon as a group of tourists sail in to visit Arctic oddity Pyramiden, a Soviet-era ghost town.

Alexander Romanovskiy, better known as Sasha, is the guardian of the mining town abandoned in 1998 but still owned by a Russian firm, Arktikugol, though it is located on a fjord on Norway’s Spitzberg island in the heart of the Svalbard – islands halfway between continental Norway and the North Pole