Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Salekhard is the only town located right on the polar circle. In February the temperature is about -40C. Not caring about such weather condition local markets are working at a full swing.

In the plane it is warm yet.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

But snow and cold are waiting.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

There is no one around within kilometres, only snow, taiga and Northern slopes.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Reindeer breeders feel comfortable in their huts right near a hotel.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

One can choose between a hotel and a tent of skins.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Master of the chum (that’s how these tents of skins are called).

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Making tea inside.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

The kid doesn’t feel cold, he’s absolutely ok with the temperature.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Polar night has come.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

This is the market where native people, wearing beautiful national costumes, are selling what is given to them by nature: fish, reindeer meat and furs. Looking at the postcards with Northern people, wearing such costumes, one may think that they have put it on just for the pictures or tourists. But it turns out that they actually wear such clothes and feel pretty comfortable.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

They saw up meat right in front of a customer.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

By her snowmobile.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Giving change.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Entire family.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

The vendors have to be persuaded to sit to a picture as they do it very unwillingly.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Like this woman hiding her face from the camera.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

However, after a talk they become softer and smile.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Market’s general view.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Everything is for real here not like on some national festivals for tourists. They come from tundra and bring what is given by nature. After selling it they come back homy by snowmobiles.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

These people live in the way their ancestors used to live hundreds of years ago. However, civilization has touched them, too. They use snowmobiles, diesel generators, cellphones and TV sets.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

In their majority they are people of few words. They are also very reserved and scarcely let one take a picture of them without asking a permission.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Pike.

Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets

Location: Salekhard

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12 thoughts on “Coldest Markets in the World: Russian Polar Circle Markets”

  1. They do speak russin, and do have education, they use to leave their children in the school residenses in the cities in autumn and the take them back in spring.
    Now only about 10% of the youth of tne notheren peoples seem to maintain the traditional nomadic lifestile, others want to stay and live in the cities.

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