Fishing On The Ice – Artic Russia

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Fishing on the frozen lakes in Artic Russia seems to be a case of a little round hole drilled through the ice with an augar, a tiny plastic fishing rod and line that you jiggle up and down quickly all the time, plenty of smokes and the eskie (cooler bag).  Everyone up here seems to chain smoke!

Fishing on the frozen lakes in Artic Russia seems to be a case of a little round hole drilled through the ice with an augar, a tiny plastic fishing rod and line that you jiggle up and down quickly all the time, plenty of smokes and the eskie (cooler bag). Everyone up here seems to chain smoke!

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View From the Sled – Artic Russia

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The main highway, across frozen lakes out to the isolated Sami settlements and houses. These are well used during the winter months as once summer comes there is very little movement of people as there are no roads. All supplies for summer are taken in during the winter over the frozen lakes. This is the view from the sled through the perspex window.

The main highway, across frozen lakes out to the isolated Sami settlements and houses. These are well used during the winter months as once summer comes there is very little movement of people as there are no roads. All supplies for summer are taken in during the winter over the frozen lakes. This is the view from the sled through the perspex window.

Sleds Behind Snowmobiles – Artic Russia

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This is the type of sled we rode in across the ice and snow to get to the area of reindeers and reindeer herders (the Sami people). It fits two people, is light and easily towed behind the snowmobiles.

This is the type of sled we rode in across the ice and snow to get to the area of reindeers and reindeer herders (the Sami people). It fits two people, is light and easily towed behind the snowmobiles.

It was cold, about minus 10C but we were provided with coveralls that kept us warm, dry and the wind out. The sleds also had a hood with windows that kept most of the wind out - that's what the higher black things are in the photos and once you're in the sled they get pulled back over the top. Yes, those are reindeer skins we sat on in the sleds and the hair shed like crazy all over our clothes.

It was cold, about minus 10C but we were provided with coveralls that kept us warm, dry and the wind out. The sleds also had a hood with windows that kept most of the wind out – that’s what the higher black things are in the photos and once you’re in the sled they get pulled back over the top. Yes, those are reindeer skins we sat on in the sleds and the hair shed like crazy all over our clothes.

The Other Side of Town – Artic Russia

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I wonder what this town would be like in Summer when the ice melts and the hidden becomes exposed. The large building is apartments/flats and the chimney behind appeared to be either rubbish disposal or a factory. The creek was lovely with ice and snow but there were too many pipes delivering who knows what into it to be healthy.

I wonder what this town would be like in Summer when the ice melts and the hidden becomes exposed. The large building is apartments/flats and the chimney behind appeared to be either rubbish disposal or a factory. The creek was lovely with ice and snow but there were too many pipes delivering who knows what into it to be healthy.

Looking lovely.

Looking lovely.

Sami Village – Artic Russia

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Winter in a Sami (reindeer herders) village above the Artic Circle. In winter the Sami can move around over the frozen lakes by snowmobile, but in summer everything is water and it is not so easy to get between places.

Winter in a Sami (reindeer herders) village above the Artic Circle. In winter the Sami can move around over the frozen lakes by snowmobile, but in summer everything is water and it is not so easy to get between places.

To survive the summers out in the wilderness the Sami provision their smaller villages and isolated homes by taking in supplies over the ice in winter.

To survive the summers out in the wilderness the Sami provision their smaller villages and isolated homes by taking in supplies over the ice in winter.

Some Sami now live year round in large villages with schools and shops

Some Sami now live year round in large villages with schools and shops