One way my friend, by flying; airport Alikel' which is 50 km from Norilsk. City feels like the end of the world. To get from airport to town, you bump for an hour along a deserted road.
22 Leninskiy Blvd.
Phone: (3919) 46-33-11, 46-57-25
Don't forget without a visa and an invitation from an employer or a relative, foreigners will not be allowed entry. Visa specially for this city.
Taxi: Taxis can be hailed simply by waving your hand at oncoming traffic. Many 'taxis' are, in fact, private citizens who make extra money ferrying people along. You will hardly come across the taxi driver who can speak English, so language barrier will be a problem. You can even use poblic transportation, it is up to you.
Don't get shy, appeal to a passersby, when looking for a street you need a restaurant or a hotel. It would be better, of course, to ask your guide, a porter or a Russian friend of yours, if any, to put down the Russian name of a place you want to go to on a sheet of paper. You will hardly come across a person who can speak English, so language barrier will be a problem. If you don't understand Russian, ask, ask, and ask again, till you find someone that will help you find where it is you must go.
Be careful when you walking next to the buildings. In spring a huge icicles can fall off the roof. We have a tragedies each year, I don't wont you to be port of statistic.
Environmentally, Norilsk became a disaster area. The company's Nadezhda plant spews clouds of sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere at levels that have reached 50 times the permitted dose. Many Norilsk residents believe the noxious fumes inoculate them against disease and flu. But local doctors report a large number of respiratory ills and shortened life expectancy. Much of the area around the metal complex has become a dead zone of withered trees, poisoned lakes, and scarred tundra.
Temperature on the day this photograph was taken was a balmy -51 C (-60 F). Winter temperatures can get down to -58 C (-65 F).
Fur hats are advisable. The famous Russian 'ushankas' (caps with ear-flaps made of fur of mink, rabbit fur, beaver lamb) may satisfy any taste. 'Ushankas' are practically available in any clothing store or in specialized sections of department stores.
Anything and everything will be useful.
This is My lovely bestfriend, Kseniya. We didn't see each other for almost eight years. She stell lives in Norilsk.
major city in Krasnoyarsky Krai, northern city in Siberia, port on the Yenisei River.. was founded in 1920s as settlement for the Norilsk mining-metallurgic complex (you can find there largest nickel deposits on Earth).. no vegetation, practically no summer, few buildings designed in a typical stalinist style.. tundra and mosquitos...believe me you never saw that many mosquitos in your whole life...mobiles are not working there, only satellite phones..
local driver who went pick up me and my friends from the aeroport, when knew we were from Moscow, just looked at us and said: why you came here? ARE YOU CRAZY GUYS??? nothing interesting you could find there, it's last place on earth you could ever go!
Norilsk was our starting point in the cruise down Yenisei river....
and we were not disappointed...it was one of the most memorable trips in my life!
i've heard foreigners are not allowed in Norilsk anymore...maybe it's for the best:))
city's Latitude: 69.26N, Longitude: 88.05E,
Pop. 300,000, Krasnoyarsk Territory, N Siberian Russia. The northernmost major city of Russia and the world's largest city above the Arctic Circle, Norilsk is the center of a region where nickel, copper, cobalt, platinum, and coal are mined. A railroad links Norilsk with the Yenisei port of Dudinka, from where ores are shipped via the Northern Sea Route to European Russia. Hydroelectric plants are nearby and natural gas is found in Tyumen. Founded in 1935, Norilsk was the site of forced labor camps during the Stalin era.