Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Russia is a pretty Northern country (remember Siberia and all those stereotypes about very cold climes). However, even the Northern country must have some place that is the Northernmost, and in Russia this place is the town of Dixon – the most Northern Russian place where people live on constant basis. Interestingly, this place is on the ocean coast – but this ocean is the Arctic Ocean so the water is always ice cold and for most of the year covered with ice. Still people enjoy an “Ocean View”.

The population of the town is 657 people and most of the town is situated on the island for some reason. Denis has visited the place and now we have a chance to peek into the most Arctic place in Russia. So here is the story:

To get to Dixon one has to wait. First you need to wait for a suitable day as there is only one plane going there from Norilsk city and it goes there just a few times each month. You can’t book the tickets in advance. People can only buy tickets to this town by standing in line. So Denis went there and stood in line and finally he got his ticket.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

It takes two hours to fly from Norilsk and finally he arrives at the coastal town of Dixon – the Northernmost town of Russia. It was founded in 1915 and during the Soviet Era it was blooming, with the population reaching 5,000. However, as the USSR collapsed and Russia didn’t pay much attention to Arctic exploration, the population of the city collapsed too, almost tenfold.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

This is the airport of Dixon.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

And its main terminal building.Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

The plane you can see on the horizon is not a real plane but a monument of an LI-2 plane, placed there in the 1970s.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Denis didn’t wait for the bus to take him from the plane as the bus was busy in the town doing something else, so he walked.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

This car was in production from the 1950s to 1979.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Then, because the airport and main part of the town are on an island in the Arctic Ocean, he had to wait for a ferry to cross to the continental part of Russia. And there he met the truck with the luggage of the newly arrived passengers.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

The guy in the truck yelled: “Hey, if you want your stuff come and help unload it!”.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

So people had to unload things themselves and put them on the boat which had arrived.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

The ferry goes to the continent once a day (plus one extra time when the plane arrives). The price is roughly 5 dollars.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Here it goes.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

And this wooden thing is the pier where they were heading to. The building in the background is called “The Parrot” by locals because of its colors.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

In Soviet times a lot of ships docked here, but not any more. Here is a sample of the mass culture reaching as far as here.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

This is the continental part of the town from air, on the left you can see this pier.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Pre-school and kindergarten.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

There are very few kids in the town so seeing a few of them at once is a rare encounter.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

The fire department.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

A bank.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

There are three shops in the town and one bar which is opened upon request. Having the bar open for one hour costs $30 + drinks.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

This stuff has been here since the Soviet times. Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

And this fresh water pool near the town is where they get their water.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Which goes through these pipes.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

“NBA is life”.

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon

Hope you liked his story about this place. Just a few days from now the Polar night will come upon this place and no sunlight will be seen until late January.

The average temperature in summer is -4.

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7 thoughts on “Trip to Russian Northern Most Town Dixon”

  1. > Amazing, bleak place!

    Indeed. I just tried to look it up but the only Dixon that Google Maps knows in Russia seems to be a suburb of Rostov-on-Don, which is one of the southernmost of the big Russian cities (Vladivostok is even a little further south). I think, for a country like Russia it is important to keep these vast, bleak, seemingly empty spaces at least minimally populated and well defended because it’s mostly there where the country’s oil, gas and mineral wealth lies … which some greedy and unscrupulous competitors would love to get their hands on.

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