“Frozen Apartments of Vorkuta”: Incredible Photos from The Heart of The Coldest City in All of Europe

Vorkuta (Nenets for “the abundance of bears”, “bear corner”) is a coal-mining town in the Komi Republic, Russia, situated just north of the Arctic Circle in the Pechora coal basin at the river Vorkuta. Vorkuta is the fourth largest city north of the Arctic Circle and the easternmost town in Europe. It is also the coldest city in all of Europe, boasting a record cold temperature of -52 degrees C (-61 degrees F).

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The town of Vorkuta, situated in the permafrost belt about 110 miles from the Arctic Ocean, was founded by the Vorkuta River after large coal deposits were discovered in the area. The first detachment of prisoners was dispatched to the spot in the early 1930s, and they soon constructed a workers’ settlement known as Rudnik. By the start of the Stalinist Terror, the area was already home to one of the biggest and harshest camps in the Soviet Gulag: Vorkutlag (which included the Rechlag camp for political prisoners). In 1943, the many settlements around the coal mines, where the high salaries also attracted workers from across the USSR, were reorganized into the town of Vorkuta, now Europe’s easternmost city.

Soviet officials declared an amnesty after Stalin’s death, but the pardon did not extend to many political prisoners, leading to a massive prisoner uprising in Vorkuta, which the authorities brutally crushed. Since the 1990s, the town has been in industrial decline, the mines have outlived their usefulness, and residents have been leaving. Vorkuta is technically the fourth most populous settlement north of the Arctic Circle (after Murmansk, Norilsk, and Norway’s Tromsø), but this is likely based on numbers that are no longer accurate. According to unofficial counts, there are now no more than 50,000 people left in Vorkuta. Today, it’s one of Russia’s fastest dying cities.

These amazing photos were taken by Arseniy Kotov, a photographer specializing in photos of towns in the former Eastern Bloc.

“In this house in the settlement of Severny, there is only one inhabited apartment left, but the whole house is still heated. In many apartments this winter from severe frosts burst pipes and the building inside and outside was overgrown with icicles and snow,” he writes.

















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Baikal Zen: Rare Phenomenon Makes Rocks Look Like They Are Floating Above Water


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Lake Baikal in Siberia is the deepest freshwater lake in the world, and its particular relationship to the land that surrounds it produces fascinating natural phenomenon—frozen waves of ice, ice caves dripping with long fingers of icicles, frozen methane bubbles, and something called “Baikal Zen,” which is the balancing of rocks on thin pedestals of ice.

It happens from wind whipping across the lake and around the rocks, carving the pedestals with a slow and persistent determination. May we all balance as effortlessly this year.

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Sprinkler Creates A Frozen Wonderland On This Golf Course After Temperatures Suddenly Drop

ABC7 When someone tells you to imagine the perfect winter, the glorious scene of snow-covered hills and gently falling snowflakes likely pops up in your head. After all, the term White Christmas exists for a reason! It’s something we all want to see, especially during the Christmas month. More: Youtube h/t: boredpanda ABC7 But at the same time, many of us are used to the two sides of winter—the...

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British Twitter Channel Published Spectacular Pictures of Frozen Soap Bubbles

Photographer (Twitter channel @StormchaserUKEU) has posted some interesting photos of frozen soap bubbles. For their realization he used pottery and water. It took about 5-10 minutes to completely turn them into ice forms, but it was definitely worth it. He created some amazing and strange patterns, which look like small worlds or planets. Creating frozen soap bubbles is widely used during the...

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Sonja Hinrichsen’s Expansive Swirling Snow Drawing Atop A Frozen Lake

Early last year, artist Sonja Hinrichsen (previously) and some 60 volunteers wearing snowshoes trekked out onto the frozen Catamount Lake in Colorado to trample miles of swirling and twisting patterns into the deep snow. More: Instagram h/t: art-sheep Titled Snow Drawings at Catamount Lake, the work was a continuation of her community-based snow drawing projects that bring together local...

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Frozen Victorian Garments Arranged Into A Larger Than Life Bouquet By Nicole Dextras

Bouquet by Nicole Dextras is a composition of 15 frozen garments reminiscent of a floral arrangement, however the beauty is intended to be both enchanting and foreboding. The alluring collection of Victorian dresses was created to appear more like Venus flytraps rather than to reference romance, and speaks to mythical man-eating trees described in science fiction texts like J. W. Buel’s 1887 text...

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Niagara Falls Freezes Over Again, Produces The Most Breathtaking Scenery

@travelandleisure Earlier in January, heavy snowfall continued to blanket the Midwest and Northeast of North America, with places like Toronto experiencing temperatures as low as -24C. It’s so cold that even parts of Niagara Falls have frozen over, resulting in the most mesmerising views around. And while most people tend to stay indoors during the winter, a lot actually went out to the...

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