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Nilmoguba village: Kingdom of snow and ice

Snow buries Nilmoguba’s wooden houses in the winter, and sedge and tall weeds grow in the summer.

Ivan Dementievsky

Snow buries Nilmoguba’s wooden houses in the winter, and sedge and tall weeds grow in the summer.
New life is infused into such villages now, when city dwellers, looking for short getaways to nature, rent houses here or even book full tours.

Ivan Dementievsky

New life is infused into such villages now, when city dwellers, looking for short getaways to nature, rent houses here or even book full tours.
On the shores of the White Sea, three or four kilometers from the Arctic Circle, there lies a village. In the Soviet era, it contained sovkhozy (the state version of kolkhozy, or collective farms), and the locals raised deer, killed game and worked in the fishing industry.

Ivan Dementievsky

On the shores of the White Sea, three or four kilometers from the Arctic Circle, there lies a village. In the Soviet era, it contained sovkhozy (the state version of kolkhozy, or collective farms), and the locals raised deer, killed game and worked in the fishing industry.
However, 10 years later, local businessmen decided to devote their attention to the village, and they built diving centers and a center for studying beluga whales in their natural habitat.

Ivan Dementievsky

However, 10 years later, local businessmen decided to devote their attention to the village, and they built diving centers and a center for studying beluga whales in their natural habitat.
Only the hardiest residents opt to spend the winter here, living as people did in the past; instead, summer sees the arrival of many tourists and summer-home owners, who are returning to their family gardens.

Ivan Dementievsky

Only the hardiest residents opt to spend the winter here, living as people did in the past; instead, summer sees the arrival of many tourists and summer-home owners, who are returning to their family gardens.
With time the village has started to expand, residents of Murmansk and Moscow are buying plots of land here, and people are coming to these quiet locales for the tranquility, incomparable northern landscape and midnight sun, which lasts for six months.

Ivan Dementievsky

With time the village has started to expand, residents of Murmansk and Moscow are buying plots of land here, and people are coming to these quiet locales for the tranquility, incomparable northern landscape and midnight sun, which lasts for six months.
Sometime in mid-February, the first rays of sunlight break through from behind the horizon, the polar night draws to a close, and life reawakens from its slumber. For the local peasants, it is the season of ice fishing. Closer to spring, the fishing becomes more alluring, and as the ice melts, those who have motorboats head to the White Sea.

Ivan Dementievsky

Sometime in mid-February, the first rays of sunlight break through from behind the horizon, the polar night draws to a close, and life reawakens from its slumber. For the local peasants, it is the season of ice fishing. Closer to spring, the fishing becomes more alluring, and as the ice melts, those who have motorboats head to the White Sea.
This is how people live in this village and in hundreds of others in the Arctic Circle that may not have been quite as lucky: from winter to winter, and it feels as though nothing changes here.

Ivan Dementievsky

This is how people live in this village and in hundreds of others in the Arctic Circle that may not have been quite as lucky: from winter to winter, and it feels as though nothing changes here.
If you make a second visit a year or two after your first, you will see the same houses, in places having fallen into disrepair, have now been patched up; the same people, who have aged slightly; and the same gray White Sea, which does not change at any time of the year.

Ivan Dementievsky

If you make a second visit a year or two after your first, you will see the same houses, in places having fallen into disrepair, have now been patched up; the same people, who have aged slightly; and the same gray White Sea, which does not change at any time of the year.
Visitors can fish; Vladimir Putin, Jane Fonda and small groups of Arab sheikhs have come here to do this—or dive, pick mushrooms, sweat in the bathhouse or just relax.

Ivan Dementievsky

Visitors can fish; Vladimir Putin, Jane Fonda and small groups of Arab sheikhs have come here to do this—or dive, pick mushrooms, sweat in the bathhouse or just relax.
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10 January, 2014
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