“Coming to Russia, you soon realise that it is a little more extreme than you expected. This is especially true for its geography: just when you think the country has reached its limits, it always goes a little further. Here are eight places in Russia where you really can take life to extremes. Do you have a journey to one, or even all of them on your wish list?
Furthest North: Dikson
The furthest above the Arctic Circle that Russians make their homes is not the city of Murmansk, or even the snow-battered former mining town of Norilsk. Far higher than either of these places, on the edge of the Taymyr Peninsula in Russia’s extreme north, is the Kara Sea port village of Dikson. While the geophysical observatory that served the Soviet Union is no more, about 600 people still brave one of the most remote settlements on earth, where the sun falls below the horizon for 82 days each winter. Dikson remains a closed town: you can’t visit without obtaining permission from the Russian Ministry of Defence. The most northerly village you can freely travel to is Syndassko, also in Krasnoyarsk Krai, further west on the Taymyr Peninsula”.
I wrote about eight of the most geographically extreme places in Russia for the media project Russia Beyond. Read the full article to see which villages are the furthest east, south and west, as well as the highest and lowest points, and the hottest and coldest parts of the country…