Yesterday night France24 TV Online Channel made the skype interview. They gave me the list of questions. The first one was «What was the atmosphere in the city today?» Here is my answer. It is done in the form of the video made in Yakutsk, Siberia/Russia, this morning, December 09, 2010, at 8.40 am, when we had -43C. The winter life in the coldest city on Earth seems to us pretty ordinary. We woke up in the morning, rush to our work places, do our work and back…

This is one of fourteen short films made by Martin Heylen for the Belgian National TV Channel. The episode depicts how ice roads on the Lena River are used and what type of road maintaining works is conducted in winter. In the video you can see, why road workers pour waters on ice, why they strew snow on the surface and etc. Saying a lot of thanks to Olga Monastyreva for her sharing the link with us. Olga lives in Belgia and she reports that Martin Heylen is…

Thomas Ross Miller, the curator of our joint «On the Road of Bones» photo exhibit in Brooklyn, NYC, informs that a couple of major New York newspapers have listed this Friday night’s open house reception at the Kris Waldherr Art and Words Studio Gallery in their events pages. Woo hoo! Many visitors and reporters are expected to come to that event on October 15th, 2010. More NY exhibit details are available in the previous post. You might also wish to check out the exhibition schedule at http://ontheroadofbones.com/. Meanwhile,…

Early October was like that. Snow fell. The sun appeared. Snow started melting in the daytime and turning into ice at night and truckers became the most unhappy human beings in Siberia’s Yakutia. Driving ice-covered roads is dangerous now. Many vehicles can be seen in ditches. Above and below, please, see winter photographs taken on the Lena Highway between Aldan and Yakutsk in the Southern part of Yakutia the last weekend. Painful sights.

The video was shot on the ice road on the Laptev Sea in the area of Bulunsky ulus. That’s the Arctic region of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). In short, Siberia’s Arctic. A truck started its way in the village of Nizhneyansk (the Lena Delta) and reached the Laptev Sea. Offscreen voices belong to a driver and a passenger, who expressed their astonishment about how vast and white the sea is, etc., etc.

Great news! Russia’s railways are set to break new ground on Friday, September 24, 2010, when the remote Siberian line linking Central Yakutia to the Amur opens a new station at Kerdyom (also written as Kardem or Kerdem) 150km south off Yakutsk. If to be more precise, on the opposite Lena River bank in front of Pokrovsk. Vladimir Putin was expected to lay the final rail on the line during his visit to the region this week, but people say he is not coming. The first passenger service…

I have friends, Ajar Varlamov and Lena Sidorova. They have a common friend, Anastacia Longinova. Last winter, actually in March, they travelled on dog sleds along the Lena River to the famous Yakutia’s Pillars (so-called stone trees south off Yakutsk). A sort of dog sledding holidays. The winter travel with Yakut laikas (a type of Siberian huskies) took 4 days. They overcame nearly 300 miles. Yup, it was extremely cold and windy, but it didn’t affect them. Guess what memories they’ve got now. Unforgettable! See more winter photographs.

Yup, it is possible to meet wolves in Siberia’s Yakutia, Russia. In this case you can see six of them. The video was recorded by a mobile from the car on an ice road along the Lena River in winter. Delivered by a guy nicknamed as SnuSmumr1k.

UPDATE, March 03, 2011: Join us for a last look at this stunning photo exhibition. The curator will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the coldest place on earth. We’ll also have refreshments. Children are welcome! More details on the facebook event page. Proud to announce the opening of the photo exhibition On the Road of Bones: Ghosts of the Siberian Gulag Along the Old Kolyma Highway featuring my, Nastya Borisova and Ajar Varlamov’s winter photographs of this year’s Journey to Oymyakon, the…

I do really admire these pals. I mean Artyom and Katerina (see the above pic), the co-founders of the Adv.Yktv.ru Siberian adventure blog, and guys of the Yakutsk off-roading club «Mammoth» (http://off-road.ykt.ru/) with its chief Dima Khvatov. If to alter the text of the World Cup Coca-Cola commercial song, they might be always singing, «Give us a reason to off-road higher!» Right. They are easy-going. They are always striving for impassible terrains to go through. Yakutsk off-roading fans are really lucky. They don’t need to ride on their…