Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

This Japanese all-terain vehicle is manufactured since 1970s. And it’s very popular at Russian Far North. It can go wherever all other vehicles can’t. Inside they are always decorated with carpets and other decor – pretty authentic to Russian North. Russian blogger Sergey travelled on one of those and let’s see how it’s to travel on such a vehicle across Russian Northern Tundra (forest).

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

This is how it looks inside.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

And this is from outside.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

One more photo.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

The rare door has a latch and makes it look like a barn door or some hut. Hut on the wheels. Also in Soviet Union they used to add additional layers of insulation to the door.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

Sergei says that inside its very comfortable. Probably same feeling first austronauts would experience on the Mars – hundreds of flat frozen surface but very comfortable inside the truck. It has old 2002 gps on a dashboard and doesn’t have a steering wheel, only two control levers.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

There is a wooden wall separating a cabin from driver seat.  It’s also fully covered with carpets. Has a table for eating meals.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

Sergei says that the best way to travel is by laying down on the floor huddled to each other to reduce cold and jolting.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

And jolting is very strong because there are no roads in tundra of course.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

In winter tundra looks like snowy desert.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

This is how it’s seen from a drone.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

Here Sergei and his truck pass deer herders stop. The small black dots on the picture are the deers.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

A frozen river.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

The ice is very strong, holds their vehicle no problem and let them pass.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

However some spots are very dangerous and can swallow the whole truck.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

A few more shots of winter tundra.

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

Travelling Across Russian Tundra on Japanese All-terrain Vehicle

Thanks a lot to Sergey for his photos! His website is below:

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