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Travel Notes 2016

We got to Nakhodka

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Almost an island settlement of the Tazovsky District of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District. A tiny village, located on the shore of the Taz Bay, is abundantly surrounded by tundra channels.

Travel Note 2016

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Travel Note 2016

“The capital of the Arctic”

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Weather conditions allow you to reach the late night Dixon. We plan to stay here for a couple of days.

Dixon is the northernmost locality of Russia. It is located on the rocky island of the same name and on the shore of the Yenisei Gulf of the Kara Sea. Sea port. The Dixon district is an arctic desert with a harsh climate (the settlement is located beyond the Arctic Circle, on permafrost).

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

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With the weather, the whole day was blizzard. Several times stopped and put the tent, tk. It is impossible to move in conditions of zero visibility. Far after midnight we get to the village of Tazovsky. The film crew of the local TV channel did not wait for us, left, deciding that, taking into account the weather conditions, we will arrive in the village not earlier than in the morning. We are greeted by colleagues and friends, we load machinery into special vehicles and gather in the living room of a small departmental hostel.

The last night alone with nature

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Today was a difficult day. Having left Sopkargi for a long time searched for the place of crossing through the Yenisei, the icebreaker was again missed, the canal was fresh. We deviate from the given course. Picking up a suitable place for the crossing, after a few hours (!), The whole team manages to move to the other side. By closer to 12 o’clock in the morning we stop for the night at 240 km from the village of Tazovsky.

500 km to the finish line

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They spent the night at Sopochnaya Karga meteorological station. We are grateful to the team and personally to Alexei Bystrov for many years of friendship and a warm welcome. The most delicious fish you have! The weather is clear, to Tazovsky 500 km. During the expedition we collected a large number of photo and video materials. One of them wants to be demonstrated now. This is the host of the Arctic we met on the way back. They threw him cookies, and he ran! Still a baby Umka, but growled in an adult. After making a few shots for the film, we let the bear cub go. A month later the report film “Northern landing 2016” will be ready. Follow the news of our site and become the first spectators!

Day 20 of the expedition

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We carried out planned maintenance of snowmobiles in the village of Dixon. Taking advantage of the Internet at the school, we send several photos from Cape Chelyuskin. Today at 08.00 went on the route. The weather is clear, the wind is 3 m / s. In the evening we will try to get to Sopochnaya Kargi. The team of the weather station told the coordinators that they are preparing to meet us with a pie with omul. After such news, there is no desire to linger on the way.

Again in Dixon

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By 18.00 local time we arrive in Dixon. Clearly, -17C. Today is a day off, and frolicking children meets us on the road. Local children are modest, they are difficult to make contact, but the “Northern Troopers” team is received with sincere joy. There is no high-speed mobile Internet, a cinema, buses, cafes and there is no person who has never seen a polar bear, northern lights shimmering and the blooming spring of the tundra. We are met by Larisa I. Vakhrusheva, director of the Dixon Secondary School. A week ago we had a meeting with the schoolchildren, they were all in the village of 44. After watching the film “Taimyr 2013” (see here the films “The Northern Troopers”), we talked about choosing a profession, serving in the army, men’s deeds, presented souvenirs.

Arctic hospitable

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That’s it, we were met at Stergigova! Thanks to the small team of the weather station, people with a big open and pure soul! Such an attitude is the rule for the tundra: here a person is really a friend to a person, a friend and a brother. There are too few people in the Arctic, meetings are too valuable. This is one of the reasons that the “Northern Troopers” do not lay absolutely new routes: every year they are expected in towns and villages, at polar stations. And when you are expected – you can not deceive.

Photos from the route

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At Sterligov station there is a weak, unstable Internet connection. It is possible to send several photos taken at Cape Chelyuskin. March 29 – the birthday of Alexander Peterman.