Tomtor day tour to the old gold mine and to the hot springs

14/01/2007 - 15/01/2007

Tomtor is a small town situated inside the "Pole of the Cold", the world's coldest inhabited place, where the January's average temperature is -50 degrees centigrades. I visit the old gold mine where nice ice sculptures are kept, and an hot spring where most water never freezes.

Small hotel in Tomtor
The small hotel where I've spent the night in Tomtor. Today the temperature is -50 deg. centigrades.

 

Hot springs at -50 in Siberia
Hot springs at -50 in Siberia Tomtor in Yakutia (or Sakha, Siberia)
Snow covered trees
Photos of Tomtor. A stream that never freezes, because of hot springs. The vapour, coming out continuously, freezes instantly over the trees all around, creating very bizzarre shapes.

 

Hot springs at -50 in Siberia
Photos of frozen trees.

 

 

Ice and snow in winter siberia Ice and snow in winter siberia

 

A frozen tree seen from below.

 

Abandoned gold mine in Siberia
This is a gold mine not used anymore. The ice crystals on the wall may requires months or years to grow, before falling down when they become too heavy.

 

Ice crystals Ice crystals

 

Ice crystals or flowers Ice crystals, or "flowers", several centimeters big.

 

Ice sculptures in Tomtor
Photos of ice sculputers kept inside the mine. As the temperature here is about -10 degrees year round, no maintenance is required. In fact, they were built about 5 years ago.

 

Ice sculptures in Tomtor Ice sculptures in Tomtor Ice sculptures in Tomtor

 

Tomtor in Yakutia (or Sakha, Siberia)
A leaking water pipe.

 

Tomtor in Yakutia (or Sakha, Siberia)
Tomtor in Yakutia (or Sakha, Siberia) Tomtor in Yakutia (or Sakha, Siberia)
Photos of Tomtor.

 

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