Yakutsk Permafrost Institute

Yakutsk Permafrost Institute with its underground laboratory in the form of tunnel is a sort of a must-to-see sight in the capital of Siberia’s Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). It is the most visited by international guests.

The last year before The Copenhagen Climate Change Summit it became a real Mecca to international journalists, who wanted to know whether the global warming affected the life of the only city in the world, that was entirely built on permafrost.


-46C. Yakutsk, Yakutia/Siberia. Jan. 14, 2010. 11:03.

-46C. Yakutsk, Yakutia/Siberia. Jan. 14, 2010. 11:03.

A view from my window. That’s what we have currently outdoor in Yakutsk. Pretty cold. -46C. Happy Valentine’s Day :)

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What is the weather like ?

Gli dei non hanno mai scritto una buona commedia in vita loro

Photo: Ronald Menti -  Flickr Source

   :) :)

Bolot, what is the weather like  in Yakutsk?

Susan, what is the weather like  in Canada?

Karl, what is the weather like  in Sweden?

amazingsnow, what is the weather like  in Spain?


Everybody, what is the weather like ?

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Photos: Lenin as Santa Clause

Lenin in Santa Clause's hat, Yakutsk/Siberia

Lenin in Santa Clause's hat, Yakutsk/Siberia

YAKUTSK – A local popular newspaper, Yakutsk Verchenyj, decided to surprise the residents of the coldest Siberian city and give them the New Year festive mood. Its workers have put Santa Clause’s hat on the head of Lenin Statue on the main square. See how it looked. In a few hours city officials said “That’s not good!” and took it off. Locals liked Lenin’s look :)

Happy New Year!

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Christmas Adventure

About a Boy Special

Ms Merkel’s Christmas Adventure (1 / 3)

 BY SEBASTIAN DALKOWSKI – last update: 24.12.2009 – 18:18


Duesseldorf (RPO). Our columnist gets bored at Christmas and therefore think of a three-part adventure with the Chancellor. In the first episode Ms. Merkel arrives at the end of the world.

“Friends, the ice has cost another 10 pfennig the ball.” Photo: AP

 Mrs Merkel was sweating like the underside of a lid, which lay on a pot of boiling water. She liked to draw early in the morning to ski their lonely orbits through the snow, but Mr. Sauer and they had long ceased to be in Switzerland, and she was a little out of practice. Now, at Christmas, they had finally found the time. With joy she thought of the evening, Christmas Eve. You, Mr. Sauer, the food, the tree, the gifts, the gifts, the gifts.

The sound that launched the failure of these plans was initially low. Mrs Merkel is hardly heard as loudly as she panted. Then she stopped in amazement and turned around. In the distance, a black van drove up. The track would destroy the whole beautiful, thought Mrs. Merkel. Driving here was not allowed at all.

Then she sat down again on the move. The noise grew louder. Mrs. Merkel stopped again, turned around and looked angrily at the van, which was slower and slower and finally stopped a few feet away from her.

“What are you thinking?” She cried, pointing a bird, still got out before anyone. The driver did not move. It was only then she noticed that he wore a black balaclava.
“Oh,” thought Mrs. Merkel, “I better be leaving.”
But no sooner had she turned, jumped two men, who also wore ski masks, from the hold into the snow. Three seconds later, Mrs. Merkel was black before his eyes.


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That’s what I see on my way home in the evening. In the last Friday evening, Dec. 4, 2009, we had -41ºC and fog and no winds. So the frost was almost dry and burning, and my quickly frozen camera was slow to take pictures. Many unfocused shots were just deleted. See the left pics.

cold in Yakutsk, Yakutia/Siberia
That’s a X-mas tree on the Ordzhanikidze Sq. No garlands and decorations yet. We are promised to see its finished beauty on Dec. 9, 2009. Hope it will be so. (more…)

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-40ºC, Yakutsk, Dec. 03, 2009.

Yeah, it’s cold, but not so cold as it can be. Waiting for -50ºC.

See more pics. Some of them are not sharp. My camera got frozen in a moment. The lens were so slow to focus. (more…)

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Winter Sunrise in Yakutsk, Siberia/Russia. Nov. 20, 2009.

Currently I visit extension courses on auctions, contests, etc at Yakutsk State University. Now my ordinary day is as follows. At 8:20 am I leave my kids at kindergarten. A few weeks ago it was the very time to view sunrise. Once, on Nov. 20, 2009, I decided to bring along a camera to take pictures of the rising sun. But I failed to do that after the kindergarten. I saw the first lights only, but no sun. See the above pic. I walked along the quay to the university with the hope to see the scarlet shafts of sunrise… and eventually I started shivering. Took a bus and finally got into the building.

Winter Sunrise in Yakutsk, Siberia/Russia. Nov. 20, 2009.

Sunrise happened during the lecture, after 9 am. A pic above was taken through the window glass. (more…)

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