Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Essey is a village in Evenkia behind the Arctic circle, a beautiful place with amazing nature around, a nice lake Essey full of fish and sunny summer that lasts only two months a year though. All remaining months last under the reign of the Snow Queen, so villagers need special vehicles for transportation. Ordinary cars can rarely be seen here, they are replaced by snowmobiles which sometimes form real traffic jams!

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Another important means of transport in Essey is a helicopter. Life in the village fully depends on flying vehicles: they bring food, post and aid, they replace buses. Locals always look forward to meet another helicopter.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Blogger shok-darvina came to Essey with an environmental project “Evenki reindeer” and was surprised to see such an amazing unknown world. Everything seemed new, including the relations of the locals with their equipment. Since the very early years children learn to deal with tracked vehicles.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

For them it feels like sitting in a home armchair.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Looking at these machines one may trace the entire history of snowmobile construction…

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Snowmobile is like a member of a family, as a horse or a reindeer once was.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

They are used as cargo vehicles, for example, for carrying logs.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

And they help to bring water home.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Not to splash water on the way, they prefer to carry ice that can be melted at home.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Snowmobiles also bring post to the village.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Snowmobiles are used to go to a shop. The nose cone is demounted to prevent the vehicle from overheating when it’s “hot” outside (warmer than 15C).

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Women drive as good as men, no matter what the latter say…

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Snowmobiles may comfortably transport elderly people.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Yakuts of Essey, as indigenous people of the north, should obtain snowmobiles “Buran” from the state for free, but the number of those who need them is always higher than the amount of available snowmobiles. Foreign vehicles are bought at their own account.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

“Buran”.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

The average service life of a snowmobile is 7-8 years, but here, being actively used, they serve 2-3 years only.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

They know what advantages this or that snowmobile has, which one is better to buy and easier to maintain.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Any manufacturer of snowmobiles should send its engineers to Essey to modify their vehicles and make them more comfortable and reliable.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Local masters use their own modifications: replace engines with other ones from other brands, make their own parts, repair vehicles with improvised means…

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

If a vehicle breaks in a forest it is left here till spring…

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

They will probablycome back to get this nose cone later…

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Other vehicles are more for experiments than for everyday use.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Local workhorses.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

They have to use the second set of glass to withstand the cold.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

If anyone needs medical aid or a surgery only a helicopter may help. It will bring the patient to Tura that is 600 km away from Essey (2 hours flight).

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Everyone comes to meet another helicopter and find out what it has brought, who’s gonna leave and who has come…

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Such sledges cost 500 USD being produced in Krasnoyarsk.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

One of the favorite foods here are eggs, as they have no chickens here, helicopters bring many of them from the big land.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

People heading to the airfield.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Alexey and his son Misha don’t wait for anyone to come, they are here to see something new, look at their neighbors.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

They have got their loads and met relatives and friends, so they may return home now.

Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle

Thanks to shok-darvina for the pictures!

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5 thoughts on “Means of Transport Behind the Arctic Circle”

  1. uf… sorry, but this is not life, at least in my eyes. This must be horrible, there is not even a tap water?

  2. Evenki – nomadic people. Most of the year they are engaged in reindeer herding, fishing and hunting. Many have an apartment in town, but they like to live in special tents made of animal skins (chum). In the city there is no opportunity to engage in reindeer.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evenks

  3. Wow so you buy a snowmobile and it comes with a Guy Fawkes mask… awesome.
    Next on English Russia
    Buy a dog sled and it comes with a Putin Mask…

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