Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

People explore the ice. Bore it and sample.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Toyota had some problems with wheels. So it was decided to bring the car to the nearby village.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

The rest of the crew continued moving.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Fallen behind the column geologists.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Beautiful landscapes.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Finally Khatanga, the capital of Taymyr. Its population is about 6.000 people. Multi-storey brick buildings, asphalt, lampposts, traffic signs. That’s civilization.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

The main street.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Nearly a thousand of children study in several secondary schools, there are also music and sport schools in the town.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Sometime the country invested huge funds in the development of the Far North. This is Khatanga Commercial Sea Port, the famous Khatanga squadron.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

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.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

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).

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Machinery in the town is mainly represented by such vehicles.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Repairing the cars.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

While some were busy with cars, others were wandering about the town. Some strange vehicles.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Some houses are abandoned.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

But in general, there are very few empty buildings.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

A village fund.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

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.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

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.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

But the main exhibit is the completely preserved in a piece of permafrost mammoth, which was found in 1999.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

The second museum is used for the purpose – venison and antlers are kept here.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Actually, with the collapse of the country, local people survive solely by fishing and deer hunting.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

But life goes on, children study at schools and plan their life. In 1998, the district hospital was built here.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

A unique construction is being built here – the ice dam.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

The world’s northernmost Orthodox church.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Khatanga – Norilsk, the final stage. 800 km to go.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

No winter road. The familiar virgin soil with the remains of some track.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Digging.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Winches, torn ropes…

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

It became warmer -6 º C. Geologists agreed to help the expedition.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

They left a good track.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

But it turned out to be very wide and high…

17 thoughts on “Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra”

  1. That was a fascinating adventure and a wonderfully refreshing post for such a hot sticky morning as it is here today. Thank You, I greatly appreciate it guys. 🙂

    • I would also like to say that at first when I saw there was 5 pages in this post, I was worried that it might be too much and become boring. But it’s well written so that I was looking forward to reading what was going on next and before I knew it the post had ended.

      There are many beautiful photographs to be seen in this post too. Thanks again. 🙂

  2. Wonderfull! I want to do the same thing going from Khantia-Mansia (where I live) to Chukotka! I’ll go through Krasnoyarsk Oblast, Sakha, and Magadan Oblast! And I’ll rally Anadyrsk (from Surgut) in less than 1 month!

  3. I remain with no superlative… all was used by my ante-writters…
    With this occasion I’ve bring up in my mind a fraze from my childhood. My father use to threat me “If you are bad, I will send you to Katanga”… I never know where it is till now.

  4. Wow! From the looks of it… It’s quite an adventure… long drives, seeing new places.. gotta save up now to be enjoy these!

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