Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Суровая красота Норильска на снимках Витаса Бенета

We have shown you this city many times. But each set of new pictures is cool in its own way. So, we’re back in Norilsk, the cold Russian city beyond the polar circle that has grown from a metallurgical plant established there in 1936. The city, its mines and plants were built by GULAG prisoners, 50 000 of them over 20 years. Thousands of people died while working. This place is still far from perfect, very cold with the average yearly temperature of -10C, and the coldest -55C in winter. Many citizens of Norilsk suffer depression. A local photographer Vitas Benet shares his photographs of the severe, but beautiful in its own way city with you.

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful

11 thoughts on “Norilsk: When Discomfort and Coldness Are Beautiful”

  1. Incredible! That people even live there and continue to do there daily stuff. At least they don’t have to smoke as they get enough filthy air in there lungs.

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  2. Some beautiful pictures once again. The photographer has a very good eye – I can almost feel the cold and the isolated location of this city. I would love to visit with camera in hand myself, but certainly not live there. I salute those who do live in places with these types of natural extremes.

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  3. Talnakh Hotel 3-star hotel Ulitsa Pervoprokhodtsev, 15, Norilsk, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, just one of several places to stay. For a cold adventure, plan a vacation to Norilsk.
    CARL’S JR fast food offers juicy burgers. Its on Stroiteley, street.

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  4. People who live here are depressed?
    I wonder why that might be?
    I can understand suicidal, but depressed?
    Depressed must be on the good days.

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    • You leave it in a heated garage (at least we did), but the car will start if it’s warmer than -20 deg Celsius (the car might also start even at -30).

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  5. Oddly the place appeals to me. If I had a good heat source, some American whiskey (or Russian vodka if the other isn’t available) and the collected works of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. The only depressing thing would be that I don’t speak Russian so very few would understand me.

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