11 Biggest Northernmost Russian City From Above

Biggest Northernmost Russian City From Above

Posted on June 17, 2014 by tim

Norilsk is the world’s Northernmost city with a population over 100,000 people. Here are some photos of Norilsk taken from above. Due to its smog and acid rain pollution it’s sometimes called the dirtiest Russian city, and the temperatures here can be -40 in winter. The Russian blogger, Slava, made a trip to Norilsk in June and was surprised that it still had snow in some parts of the city.

Norilsk is located in the north of the Krasnoyarsk region, it owes its existence to the construction of the world largest mining and metal producing plant.

Norilsk is the world’s second largest city (by population) situated in the Arctic circle (after Murmansk).

In general, it is home for over 170 thousand people. You might be surprised to know that the city is inhabited not only by rotation workers but by generations of families who have never wanted to leave despite the severe climate. And the climate is severe indeed – in winter the temperature may fall to -50C.

The city has polar days and polar nights. A polar day lasts about two months (the sun goes in circles without touching the horizon), and a polar night lasts about 1,5 months (it’s absolutely dark outside and people never switch their lights off).

The main entrance to Norilsk.

Norilsk buildings erected on permafrost soil.

Stalin’s houses were destroyed because they became unhabitable rather soon.

City districts are divided according to periods of construction.

Lenin’s avenue – the central street of Norilsk.

Some buildings resemble the ones of Saint-Petersburg, it’s because a number of Petersburg’s architects participated in the city construction projects.


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11 Responses to “Biggest Northernmost Russian City From Above”

  1. Andrew says:

    The Blacksmith Institute included Norilsk in its 2007 list of the ten most polluted places on Earth. The Institute estimates four million tons of cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, arsenic, selenium, and zinc are released into the air every year. The Russian Federal State Statistics Service named Norilsk the most polluted city in Russia. © wikipedia

  2. Muzzlehatch says:

    Russian cities are nothing if not colorful.

  3. ajwood says:

    The tourist camps look really nice.

  4. abc.rover says:

    I better be good from now on, because that must be what hell looks like.

  5. Hello there – I’m contacting you about your ‘Biggest Northernmost Russian City From Above’ photo series – we would very much like to host a gallery of these images on our site and would be happy to link back to your site – If you’d be interested in sharing 8 to 12 images with us please contact me – we would create a stand alone gallery and the gallery would be promoted on our homepages and would hopefully send lots of traffic your way. Thanks so very much for your time!
    Charles George
    Multi Media Photo Editor
    New York Daily News

  6. Hugh Crawford says:

    Andrew – You quote a huge number, but there is no source cited for this that we can verify it from:
    “The Institute estimates four million tons of cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, arsenic, selenium, and zinc are released into the air every year.”
    Seems a little high for air pollution – since Wikipedia questions it, how about providing a source? (And Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia, so does not count.)

    • Darius says:

      Well, the Wikipedia in most cases also has links to sources. In this the English version maybe doesn’t but the Russian – does. Also if you would google a bit you would find the mentioned blacksmith institute pages (like the worstpolluted.org) and there you would find the links to the data.

  7. Otis R. Needleman says:

    What a grim place.

  8. Antonio M says:

    Beautiful?… looks like a huge prison block to me.

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