Thirty years ago geologists came to the tundra, in an out of the way spot on the north of Taimir peninsula.
Thirty years ago geologists came to the tundra, in an out of the way spot on the north of Taimir peninsula. They found ore. In this area the winter lasts 9 months and the sun doesn't rise for three of them. Nature was against man, but the ore had to be mined. A city was built on the site.
A city built among mountains and bogs, standing on snow and blown by the winds. It is the only city on earth, built in the eternal frost zone.
These people built mines and metal works. They created conditions for a normal life. The city possesses the world's northernmost swimming pool, TV studio, railway station, collage, theatre and many other things that are the northernmost in the world.
And still it is an ordinary Soviet city.
Like they do in other cities they grow hot-house vegetables and send children to kindergarten. They grow flowers and give them to their sweethearts. They spend their evenings in cafes. And all this is done beyond the polar circle, in the tundra where electricity was unimaginable some 30 years ago. The city stands on the place where snowdrifts grow hard as rock. The wind used to ravage the naked and shivering larches on the site where the city stands today. It stands in the tundra on the 69 parallel.