‘Frozen’ Portraits Of Earth’s Northernmost Settlement

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‘Frozen’ Portraits Of Earth’s Northernmost Settlement
'Frozen' Portraits Of Earth's Northernmost Settlement
‘Frozen’ Portraits Of Earth’s Northernmost Settlement

These ‘frozen’ portraits of Earth’s northernmost settlement reveal how life is like when temperatures drop way below zero degrees for several consecutive months. It’s not your typical walk in the park, but people who live here manage to make it work.

Maria Sahai is a Russian photographer who decided to take a tour of the Arctic’s most remote settlements. It was her childhood dream to watch the Northern Lights, and what better way to do that than by going to the world’s northernmost settlement?

In 2013, Maria Sahai, together with her husband, moved to Longyearbyen, a small mining town located 800 miles from the North Pole, on Spitsbergen Island, in Norway. The entire island is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean which makes the place even more fascinating.

'Frozen' Portraits Of Earth's Northernmost Settlement
‘Frozen’ Portraits Of Earth’s Northernmost Settlement

“Having lived in the Arctic for a while, my mother loved telling stories about how people could not go to work because of huge snowstorms, and how sleeping was hard and thick blankets had to be used to block the brightness of the Northern Lights!,” says Maria Sahai. “Those stories made me forever curious about the world.”

“For as long as I can remember, I dreamt of discovering as many of the less explored places on the planet as possible, and to share those experiences with others. Eventually, I turned to photography as a means to record my own travels and to share my discoveries with family, friends, and everyone.”

Be sure to follow Maria Sahai’s stunning ‘frozen’ portraits on her official website, or on Instagram.

‘Frozen’ Portraits Of Earth’s Northernmost Settlement

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💨🏔 It looks pretty windy on the top of Mount Everest. But consider this – this image was taken in the end of April, which is considered a beginning of the mild season for climbing the summit. Mount Everest protrudes into the stratosphere, and most of the year the summit is buffeted by winds of over 100* mph (160 km/h) that will kill a climber in minutes or even hurtle them into the void. The only two windows in which those wild winds die down happen in May and September. *The highest recorded wind speed at the summit was a 175 mph (282 km/h) in February 2004. For reference, a hurricane is given a highest possible Category 5 if the winds exceed 156 mph (251 km/h). . . . . . . #fujifeed #fujiframez #fujifilmxseries #xt1 #nepal #ourplanetdaily #wildernessculture #explorerocreate #welcometonature #mountainscape #nakedplanet #liveauthentic #thecreative #livefolk #instamountain #nature_perfection #mountainlion #unlimitedplanet #justgotshoot #nature_brilliance #heatercentral #theimaged #everything_imaginable #ig_photostars #yourshotphotographer #himalayangeographic #nepal8thwonder #DKTM

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✈️ 👀 Spotted from an airplane window while approaching Tromsø aka “The Arctic Capital”. The city was also referred to as the ”Gateway to the Arctic” given that the majority of polar expeditions started in Tromsø and Arctic hunting is part of the city’s history. Roald Amundsen, Umberto Nobile and Fridtjof Nansen often visited Tromsø in connection with their expeditions. . . . . . . . #fujifilm #xt2 #fujifilmru #fujifeed #fujifilmnordic #tromsø #nordnorge #iloveNorway #Norge #visitNorway #bestofnorway #arctic #loves_arctic #arcticcircle #kildentiletrikereliv #mittnordnorge #mountainstones #mountainlovers #weltraumzine #freshairclub #landscape_focus_on #theoutbound #bevisuallyinspired #lensbible #skysupply #hsdailyfeature #fstoppers #beautifuldestinations #Norway #myfujilove

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Snowmobiles are my favourite way of exploring the area around #Longyearbyen. This March, the conditions are pretty rough, though. It’s been raining a lot recently (which is crazy for 78 degrees north in March! 😱) and the ground is very icy. It was the first time when I was hesitant to drive faster than 70kmh (44 mph) to avoid sliding on the ice or hitting protruding rocks. . . . . . . #visitsvalbard #svalbard #visitnorway #arctic #yrbilder #northernnorway #getoutstayout #Spitsber­gen #night_shooterz #travelstoke #illgrammers #ig_masterpiece #ig_nordnorge #ig_exquisite #ilovescandinavia #yourshotphotographer #shot2kill #theglobewanderer #thelensbible #thebestofnorway #letsgosomewhere #roamtheplanet #loves_arctic #norgefoto #xt2 #fujifeed #mirrorless #fujifilmxseries #fujifilm

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Exploring the underground water passages in the glaciers near #Longyearbyen. These caves usually form as water flows through a glacier and melts out a passageway in the ice. Often, water pours in at a so-called moulin (pronounced like the Disney movie), basically a hole in the surface of a glacier, before eventually making its way out to the glacier’s terminus, which could be the ocean itself. . . . . . #glaciers #icecave #samyang #samyang12mm #exploretocreate #ig_norway #fujifilmru #thelensbible #fujifeed #fujifilmnordic #princely_shotz #fujiframez #loves_arctic #mittsvalbard #exploremore #lppathfinders #xt2 #picturetokeep_nature #ig_photostars #everything_imaginable #arctic #theglobewanderer #letsgosomewhere #travelstoke #mirrorless #visitsvalbard #imaginarymagnitude #myfujilove

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