When spring is coming to Yakutsk, right to the city called once as the coldest in the world, we, residents, have many options for outdoor activity.
We say «Spring has started,» when the temperature is already above minus 25 degrees Celsius. Like right now. While I am writing it, the current degree is minus 11.
Nice weather for snow-related funs. Let’s list them. Skiing, ice skating, snowboarding, snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice fishing, ice racing, and etc, etc, etc. Yes, definitely there is always space for shashliki (Russian BBQ). But… you know… it’s a standard set of must-do-outside things.
Last two years a new fun appeared, surpisingly, among real men, who turned out to be big boys in their souls. This is igloo construction.
Why is it a fun? And why new? As far as you know, igloos are snowhouses built by the Inuit. They are more common in Canada’s Central Arctic and Greenland’s Thule area than in Siberia.
An idea of igloo construction popped up right after those real cool guys from Yakutsk Adventure Club and Yakutia Off-Road Championships Committee, precisely Artem Petukhov and his fellows, had seen the photo:
They said, «Why not do the same, but in Yakutsk?» Lately, they did. See how they had fun while constructing an igloo the last spring. This year they are planning to do it again.
Well, who knows. Maybe, this year they will already construct a big igloo hotel 🙂
Photos provided by Artem Petukhov, Yakutsk Adventure Club.