Russian Siberia at Winter


Those Russian guys made photos of their travel across Siberia in January 2006.

The average temperature outside was -60 F. Yes, minus sixty fahrenheit.


They have visited different cool places in Siberia.

For example this is a Jewish region right in the middle of cold Russian Siberia.


When it is -60 F (-50 C) outside, the car windows never get rid of the ice and snow. Even when the heater is on to its maximum.


Here you can see the reading of the thermometer: -49 C (-56 C).


Russian guys are used to such extreme colds.


They got advised in one of the Siberian cities to install double windows on the cars. Those double windows help a lot in keeping warm.




They have met wild Siberian horses – pony sized horses living in Siberian woods.


And all the way through Siberia there are remains of Soviet Era artefacts sitting right near with old pagan totems of wild natives.


Here you can see the car before the double windows were installed.




More Soviet artefacts.



And different unidentified objects.



Some guys use more heavy vehicles to travel across Siberia.


More strange buildings.


Before the cell and satelite phones in Russia in Siberia there were such phone booths each 25 km (12 miles) across the Siberia road. Most of the drivers had a special key to unlock the booth.


Different Siberian monuments.


And Siberian people.


Using special laptops.


And even vodka freezes in Siberia.

90 thoughts on “Russian Siberia at Winter”

    • Russians still have more geography to show than any other nation in the world. And by the way calling a pilots’ grave a russian artifact sounds kinda how you say it in english? Anyways publishing stuff about other countries and not having enough information other than “strange”? plenty of russians hanging around this site just ask them, most of it ain’t really strange.

  1. Take a drive through the Canadian territories, you’ll get the temperature, plus replace Siberian monuments with Inuit ones!

  2. For Christ sake, the guy who runs this site about Russia can’t even spell the names of the places properly. It’s SIBERIA!

  3. Give the guy some credit…how many local photo sites do you put on line in Russian….with perfect spelling?
    Give us the URLs so we can check them out.

  4. I agree Bishop. The moderator of this site must be a pretty cool person. Don’t flame him. Flame the brain washed, pro-commies from a forgone era.

  5. Bishop Brennan: “And even vodka freezes in Siberia.” He knows how to spell it in English (even though it’s actually “Sibir” in Russian), he must have made a typo. Give him a break, these are some of the only cool photographs he’s posted in forever.

  6. Great photos! Especially horses.

    @Bishop Brennan

    For Devil’s sake Brennan can you speak Russian? You sound like an ignorant American to me.

  7. Am I the only one who otice the two vehilces are not the same?! He said here is a pic before the double windows were istalled. They are not the same truck at all.

    • Maybe he’s just showing someone else’s car with double windows, and then THEIR car before it had double windows and no picture of their car with double windows ? it is not the same care youre right about that.

  8. i like these pics,
    just soo white and clean. and soo breath taking.
    whereelse here in maldives, we dont see such things. 🙂
    nice pics.

  9. Bishop Brennan said “For Christ sake, the guy who runs this site about Russia can’t even spell the names of the places properly. It’s SIBERIA”

    Apparently you can’t spell either. Try “Сиби́рь”.

    And while I’m no expert on Russian, I’m sure I’ve seen ‘и’ transliterated as an ‘i’ and a ‘y’ (example, I’ve seen both niet and nyet as transliterations of the Russian for no).

  10. Strange building below snow cat/tank like vehicle is where hunters wait for pray. You don’t want wild boar to sneak behind you while on ground

  11. mike: there’s not two different vehilces, it’s the same car, i think. There’s just two different white balance settings on shots.

    sorry my english, my russian is more better )

  12. “incorrect” spelling of “siberia” is foolish– it’s difficult transliterating from one alphabet to another : there were many different ways to spell Mao Tse-Tung (Zedong?) I have been curious about finding relatives across the west or back in the old country– if my grandfather spelled his last name differently in english than his other relatives who came to the US. . . “did they use a J or a Y? a K or a C?” etc.

    of course there is a standard English spelling for Siberia, but hey– i bet this guy speaks better English than you do Russian.

  13. Actually I’m Irish, and while my spelling isn’t always the best at times, I at least proof read everything I write to iron out any mistakes I may have made.

    And to the previous poster who asked weather I can speak Russian, no I can’t. But I do know that the guy who runs this site is actually an American.

  14. Bishop Brennan

    ..but everyone knows the Irish cannot spell…

    portlaoise, dun laoghaire , drogheda, cahir etc. etc..

    and I know at least half a dozen ways of spelling my name in Irish..

  15. The moderator is ok, but sometimes prone to factual mistakes. For example, Jewish autonomous district is not in the middle of Siberia – it`s to the southeast, bordering Chinese Manchuria.

    And in the middle of eastern Siberia, there is a region with one village, called Oymyakon, and it is known as a Northern Pole of Cold.
    In 1926 there was some -71.2 Celsius (-96.16 F) registered. There are 800+ inhabitants in this village.

  16. Love the photos & dialog – don’t care much whether or not you can spell purfektlee 😉

    Keep up the good work, really enjoy the site!

  17. @Dougal:

    I only stated I was Irish becasue someone called me an ‘ignorant American’. If anything, they’re the ignorant one here.

    All what I’m trying to say is that it looks bad on the person who runs this site if he/she cannot proof read their submissions and correct any mistakes. It gives an impression of being sloppy and lazy.

  18. Sometimes I feel like it’s Siberia in Minnesota, though vodka doesn’t freeze here! I definitely got the impression of their journey through the series of pictures.
    @Bishop Brennan: People are prone to typographical errors which do not take away from the message of his/her comment. This is a comment section, not a professional paper or even a newspaper. If it was, your post (January 22, 2007 @ 10:52 am) contains two basic spelling errors that an editor would send back corrected. Again, that is not the purpose here. Please be polite and refrain from criticizing others unnecessarily. Thank you.

  19. Bishop Brennan,
    The person who wrote the comments is obviously not the moderator, if the moderator is indeed American. So no need to flame. English isn’t my native language either, I speak Russian though, and guarantee you that the “engrish” is not due to moderator sloppiness.

    Dobro pojalovat!

  20. “Please be polite and refrain from criticiZing others unnecessarily. ”

    I love how you Americans spell words all arse ways.


  21. Damn, that looks call.

    That sign they’re next to is Hebrew, it reads nothing like:
    I have no idea how it’s actually pronounced as I lack Hebrew reading ability, but is there anywhere in Siberia with a name like
    ‘Vyravydzshan’? There may be variants, Verabydzson, for example, or Beravydzshon… the letters change like crazy.

    So uh.. if any of you guys read Hebrew, or know what the sign says… I’m now curious.

    And damn these photos rock.

    • Well, I’m an Israeli who was born in Russia so I could read all the text in the photos. The Hebrew ones (it’s actually Yiddish, but all the same, for places, at least) reads “Birabidjan”, which was the Hebrew autonomous territory in Siberia

      • nice to hear that, i am from india, most indian after india love the russians ,russia is such important country for us, we have 90 jews now in my village, they speaks yiddish, spanish migrants
        i will sent some pics of jew synagogues,one is 600 years old
        and my country india ia the only nation in the world which spared the jews

  22. Excellent post! Really nice pictures. Those poor ponies, how do they survive the winter with just the hope of few warm summer weeks? Keep up the great work! More positive images of Russia like this please.

  23. Yiddish! I thought no one spoke that any more.
    I mean many people know a word or two, but to actually have a name in Yiddish, that’s fantastic!

    Though I’m still a little confused by the ZSh combination, by J did you mean an English J and not a Slavic one?

    I see how to pronounce it now I know it’s Yiddish, maybe not the Bet though. Though I do know that in much of Yiddish the Alef+Vowel[well, that one] is an O.

    I’ve heard of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, seen it on a map, but never looked greatly into it.

  24. Hi!

    Two words about “More strange buildings” photo. This is a guard tower for supervising prisoners, who was compelled to work in gold mines in former USSR at 1930-60…

    Constantine, Russia.

    PS: Photo: “And Siberian people.” You can see the 89 number – this is a part of atomobile registration number. 89 – means the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district.
    From Britanica:
    Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district:
    Tyumen oblast (province), in western Siberia, north-central Russia. It was established in 1930 as an autonomous okrug for the Nenets, or Samoyed, people, although by 1979 they constituted only 11 percent of the population. The okrug covers the northern part of the West Siberian Plain.

  25. I love that pictures, I had some idea about “permafrost”, “tundra”, and “Siberia” but no idea about the beauty ( and hard conditions) of that place. This pictures are now my screen saver.
    In the other side, antifreeze has a limit before get freezed also, it depends of the composition of the antifreezing fluid and percentage of solvent.
    I wonder, Can a Lada resist -50ºC?

  26. Ahem! Bishop Brennen- “All what I’m trying to say”, is really bad grammar! Instead of picking on other people’s faults, you ought to go back to school, so that you can “proof read” a little better darling! 😉

    Some beautiful pictures!!! WTF has spelling got to do with it anyway? :-/

  27. I’ve had the luck of experiencing Siberia in January but was fortunate enough to have very warm weather. It was colder in my home town (Calgary, Canada) at the time, although pretty unusual.

    Russia is an amazing place with an amazing history. The concrete telephone/power poles still blow me away!

  28. Hey Svetlana,

    I would question those double windows too. However, if they have argon gas between the 2 sheets of glass they might help. They reason is that argon has very low conductivity which makes it a good insulator.

  29. “… previous poster who asked weather I can speak Russian, no I can’t. But I do know that the guy who runs this site is actually…”

    @Bishop Brennan
    You can’t be serious with that post? Do you realise you spelt WHETHER incorrectly? Friggin hilarious!

    Back on topic, I’d love to do something like travel across Siberia some day. It would be truly amazing.

  30. @Dean

    C’mon man, this is what we have all been waiting for. (Drum roll please) Ha ha ..”And the person behind this site is…” It seems like the Russians on this site have made it the greatest mystery in Russia.

  31. The unidentified object is a wooden moat built to distribute the eventual heavy weight of a vehicle which would like to pass over that frozen lake.
    The strange booth is not for hunters but for the forest guard. Its used to quickly spot the source and extent of eventual fire (yeah, even though it sounds absurd, it COULD happen).
    The inscription on the bottle can be translated as Siberian Vodka (CEBEPKA = Siebierka (phonetic) – think “Americana” to get your mind around that one). And its not so hard to freeze vodka, especially if its only 40% (which is the usual percentage).

    The Sunsets are great, they remind me of other awesome sights.

  32. Thanks for the pics! i especially like the 4/1/6 landscape (few trees in midground with small forest sunset in back)….it’s 2 pics before the pic of the ponies.

    moving somehow.

  33. @Xazzaxas

    СЕВЕР [syevyer] – north. СЕВЕРКА [syevyerka] – vodka from the north (the most close translation in this case).
    Vodka has a freezing-point about -30 C.

  34. Those are two different vehicles. The first one, pictured with double windows, is a Toyota 4Runner. The second is a Toyota Land Cruiser, which has 4 doors. Not sure how the two would get confused.

  35. @Carlo
    >I wonder, Can a Lada resist -50ºC?

    Ladas are\were designed for cold climates. Some models had a manual hand starting crank and manual auxiliary fuel pump (sounds ancient, but I doubt you can start a Ferrari under these cold conditions). Also their low-tech design is not vulnerable to EMP released by nuclear bombs. All Ladas have a repair toolkit, making it possible to repair the car in the middle of Siberia. Too bad the cars aren’t reliable enough, though cheap.

  36. Mr. Brennan, did yuo kown taht msot hmuasn cna raed a secetens enev wneh teh wsodr aer sclrabdb, as lgon as teh frist lertet is in teh crortce pisonito ? I bte erevenoy avobe cna raed tihs ecxtpe yuo !
    Betuflia Pucesitr by teh wya…
    Form Vinigiar
    ok, bkac to wrok nwo !

  37. I love the snow its very pretty the photos are fanstatic and why are there shirts off its frezzin cold in siberia you can die from that cold weather I pray you all are use to it.

  38. Great pictures of Siberia.

    I have posted my own recent photos of my winter vacation to Nizhnevartovsk in Siberia. It was a very interesting vacation.

  39. very nice pictures .i always wanted to know how siberia looked like ,from all those horibble stories i have hered that people were sent their as for not following the laws of communisum!as their is a saying “a picture is worth a million words(something like that)”those pictures that u taged them as some intresting buldings ,that look like “a watch house” a house” that would see that everyone would do what they were obligated and fosed to do!and that gate surounding (in the middle to be percise)poles and another watch “house” those poles ,if iam not mistaken, are the pole people were hung on for disobaying their ridicules comand!anway maby iam illusinating !but u’r pictures are very well taken!as u can see it brought alot of imagination int my head!! but u never know it could be true!

  40. amazing ,stupendoeus(if iam not mistaken)gorgeos,beautiful
    SNOW..IS THE WORD and kinda cold more like freezingbut the sun st is very beautiful iam surprized it didn’t rifect on the beautiful snow!but otherwize eveything is good … i mean except for those “wunderful” unidentified buildings they are oviosly those watch towersfor the jewish people who didn’t obey the communist ridiculist laws !and those poles to hang them up ….how cuel they were …how hatred ..oh this reminds me that picture at the jewish site in siberia!it reminds me of my jewish ansestors and family friends! very impresive pictures.
    i realy like them !take some more of those pics!!

  41. Guys this is Hebrew script and Yiddish spelling which transliterates into ‘Birobaijan,’ or ‘Birobidzjan.’

    This was where Stalin hoped to, and attempted to deport millions of Jews in Russia, many of whom had just finished fighting the Germans in WWII.

    Really creepy disturbing stuff. Look it up if you’re interested.

  42. I’m from St.Louis Mo. but the frozen Vodka did it I’m canceling that winter vacation I promised the kids.

  43. Who cares about spelling? The webmaster is obviously not English native. I love the site– I’m addicted to it. I only wish these pics were higher resolution. I would love some of them as wallpaper.

  44. SIBERIA is great land with beautiful untouched nature. But it’s not RUSSIA. In Siberia is living lot of different nations. Russians are there immigrants. And mostly they there because of gas, oil, diamonds and other goods. Russian Federation is last colonial imperia in world. In their sick dreams they thinking that Siberia is Russia, they thinking Karelia is russian land, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania is russian land, Alaska too. It’s calling šovinism – one nation thinking they are more important than others.

  45. Most informative web-site about a place we have been led to know very little about….

    Much to be seen of this wonderful country….

    Goes to show us, different lands/people/customs-people are people, where ever you go. I find English/Russia a good means of developing better…..human/politico relations.


  46. In section Strange buildings Iam sure that is part of still excist LABOR CAMP ground where part of 15 million prisoners as oponents to the bolshevic system were murders by no food and extreme labor in this condition of weather .

  47. It’s the most impressive collection of photos about Siberia that I have ever seen. Freezing vodka, that’s new to me!

  48. Thanks for posting the photos. Those ponies must be incredibly hardy. Northern climates and environments have always fascinated me, maybe because I grew up in the Southeastern U.S. I lived in Minnesota for a few years and visited Canada, which I loved. I’ve always fantasized about visiting Siberia, Mongolia, Antarctica, even Alaska.

  49. Uhhh… those Russians,,,,,,,I give you credit!!
    I live in Canada (Kanada, if you where to ask a ‘Native’).
    It get’s pretty cold here too in the winter; -45C not uncommen.
    But from what I see, you got us beat by a few degrees.
    Dress warm and drink lot’sa Vodka.
    Cheers; Wolf

  50. Yes, it’s beautiful here, but last years climate became more colder, in summer is very often rainy weather. There are many nice places, very beautiful in summer, but it’s dangerous to travel there because of bears. Want extreme tour – you’re welcome!
    p.s. sorry for bad english

  51. Good grace it looks like my country, Canada. Same scenery, same weather. 🙂 I am in Northern Manitoba and the norm is -40 and if you drive up north it freezes at -60.

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