People explore the ice. Bore it and sample.
Toyota had some problems with wheels. So it was decided to bring the car to the nearby village.
The rest of the crew continued moving.
Fallen behind the column geologists.
Finally Khatanga, the capital of Taymyr. Its population is about 6.000 people. Multi-storey brick buildings, asphalt, lampposts, traffic signs. That’s civilization.
The main street.
Nearly a thousand of children study in several secondary schools, there are also music and sport schools in the town.
Sometime the country invested huge funds in the development of the Far North. This is Khatanga Commercial Sea Port, the famous Khatanga squadron.
Though the main airport building is nondescript, it’s the largest one in the Arctic and can receive such aircraft as the IL-76 and IL-86.
Delivering of goods is only possible either by the sea or by air cargo planes.
Local prices are quite impressive – a small bottle of water costs 150 rubles ($ 5), a liter of milk – 200 rubles ($ 6.6).
Machinery in the town is mainly represented by such vehicles.
Repairing the cars.
While some were busy with cars, others were wandering about the town. Some strange vehicles.
Some houses are abandoned.
But in general, there are very few empty buildings.
A village fund.
One of the two mammoth museums. It is located in the ice-house – a cave hollowed out in the permafrost. Even in summer the temperature is subzero here.
The museum was founded by Frenchman Bernard Byuig with the assistance of Khatanga’s administration. It contains many bones and tusks of mammoths which Taymyr is so rich in.
But the main exhibit is the completely preserved in a piece of permafrost mammoth, which was found in 1999.
The second museum is used for the purpose – venison and antlers are kept here.
Actually, with the collapse of the country, local people survive solely by fishing and deer hunting.
But life goes on, children study at schools and plan their life. In 1998, the district hospital was built here.
A unique construction is being built here – the ice dam.
The world’s northernmost Orthodox church.
Khatanga – Norilsk, the final stage. 800 km to go.
No winter road. The familiar virgin soil with the remains of some track.
Winches, torn ropes…
It became warmer -6 º C. Geologists agreed to help the expedition.
They left a good track.
But it turned out to be very wide and high…