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Severnaya Zemlya (literally “Northern Land”, until 1926 – Land of Emperor Nicholas II) is an archipelago located in the central part of the Arctic Ocean north of the Taimyr Peninsula on the border of the Kara Sea and the Laptev Sea. This is the northernmost part of Krasnoyarsk Krai of Russia.

The archipelago consists of 4 large islands (October Revolution, Komsomolets, Bolshevik, Pioneer) and a number of small ones. The area of Severnaya Zemlya is about 37 thousand square km. The length from north to south is 380 km, from west to east – 340 km. There is no permanent population on the islands. Severnaya Zemlya on Google Maps. The following photographs were taken by Slava Stepanov in July.

Severnaya Zemlya, Russia, photo 1

pristine arctic landscapes


Putorana is a mountain range (plateau), located in the heart of Siberia, in the northern part of Krasnoyarsk Krai.

The maximum height of the plateau is 1,701 m. Its area is about 250,000 square km, which is about the same as the area of the UK (242,495 square km). The Putorana Plateau on Google Maps. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Putorana Plateau, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, photo 1

stunning nature reserve




Norilsk – the view from above

Norilsk is a city with a population of about 182 thousand people located in the north of Krasnoyarsk Krai, about 300 km north of the Arctic Circle. A major center of non-ferrous metallurgy, it is the northernmost city in the world with a population of over 150 thousand people.

Climatic winter in this city lasts from the beginning of October to the end of May. The average January temperature is about minus 27 degrees Celsius. The polar day in Norilsk lasts from May 20 to July 24, the polar night – from November 30 to January 13. Free entry of foreigners to Norilsk is closed. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Norilsk, Russia from above, photo 1

fly over Norilsk

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Putorana is a strongly dissected mountain range located in the northwest of Krasnoyarsk Krai. The nearest large settlement is the city of Norilsk. The surface of the plateau is covered with basaltic lava flows often referred to as the Siberian Traps. This is one of the most poorly studied and inaccessible regions of Russia.

The maximum height of the plateau is 1,701 meters. The name “Putorana”, translated from Evenki, means “lakes with steep banks”. The plateau area is about 250,000 square kilometers. The Putoransky Nature Reserve, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, is located on the plateau. The Putorana Plateau on Google Maps. Photos by: Slava Stepanov.

Putorana Plateau, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, photo 1

fly over the Putorana Plateau

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Hiking in the Ergaki Nature Park

The Ergaki Nature Park is located in Ermakovsky and Karatuzsky districts in the south of Krasnoyarsk krai. It is a real natural “pearl” of the region.

This amazingly beautiful place is a mountain range with a variety of bizarre peaks, lakes and waterfalls.

Ergaki Nature Park, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, photo 1

the beauty of Ergaki




The State Nature Reserve “Stolby”

The state nature reserve “Stolby” (“Pillars”) is located in the north-western spurs of the Eastern Sayan – a mountain range in southern Siberia. From the north-east it is adjacent to the city of Krasnoyarsk, a city bus ( “Turbaza” stop) goes to the border of the reserve.

This is a unique corner of Siberian nature with diverse landscapes, one of the main natural attractions of the Krasnoyarsk region. Photos by: Sergey Filinin.

State Nature Reserve Stolby, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, photo 1

beautiful natural views




The largest coal strip mine in Russia

Borodinsky coal strip mine is located 7 km from the town of Borodino in the Krasnoyarsk region.

In January 2016, the one billionth ton of coal was mined here, making it the largest coal strip mine in the country. It provides jobs for about 1,500 people.

Borodinsky coal strip mine, Russia, photo 1

take a look at the mine and equipment




Summer is coming to the north of Siberia

While the majority of people in Russia enjoy warm summer weather with temperatures ranging from +10 to +30 degrees Celsius, there are places where the rivers has yet to be opened from the winter ice.

For example, this video was shot on June 3 this year, on the Yenisei River in the small town of Dudinka (24,000 people) located in the north of Krasnoyarsk krai. The town is a seaport in the lower reaches of the Yenisei River, the largest in Siberia.

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Norilsk is a city located in northern part of Krasnoyarsk krai, about 90 km east of the Yenisei River. It is one of the most polluted cities in the world.

Environmental hazard for the population of the city and its surrounding areas is caused by the work of one of the world’s largest mining and, simultaneously, metal making plants.

Deserted industrial outskirts of Norilsk, Russia view 1


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Boguchanskaya hydropower plant is being constructed on the Angara River (about 12 km from Kodinsk town and 740 km from Krasnoyarsk city). The construction of the station began in 1980 and was frozen from 1994 to 2005 due to lack of funds.

Boguchanskaya hydropower plant construction view 1