Pevek, one of the most important ports along the Northern Sea Route, was founded in 1951. The city covers a total area of 60 square kilometres and is divided into four administrative districts. The largest of these districts is Kosa, which is situated on a marine sand bar. Almost all the residents have moved away from there and it's now a desolate place.
Icebreakers are no surprise to the Pevek residents. They come into port or sometimes drift near the town for several days at a time.
Fresh-frozen Chukotka smelt is a local delicacy and it's sold on the streets during various holidays and festivals. Before putting a piece of raw fish into your mouth, you should dip it in a mixture of pepper and salt.
Chaun Bay in the East Siberian Sea.
You can find arctic ground squirrels in the town and the surrounding area. These harmless animals are easy to tame: it's enough to feed them at the same place from time to time.
A view of the city from a window. Locals spend time at the city's only cultural and entertainment centre, where they play billiards, dance and attend concerts.
The Northern Lights are one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomena. Pevek is famous both for the incredible beauty of the night sky and the polar night that lasts here from Nov. 27 to Jan. 16.
The port never sleeps since ships come and go around the clock. It is sometimes difficult to come to Chaun Bay due to difficult weather conditions, so ships have to drift outside of the port.
The Day of Indigenous Peoples is celebrated in the Arctic on Aug. 9. In Pevek, people dress up in traditional costumes and hold workshops right on the streets.
Snow falling in the sea is a regular occurrence in Pevek.
Drinking water is delivered every week to Pevek residents. In 2013, the water system broke and began using desalinated seawater. Since then, Pevek residents have had to get water from a water truck on a regular basis.
The yaranga is the traditional home of reindeer herders. There are deerskins laid out on the floor, kitchen utensils, pots and clothes. During traditional festivals, yarangas are erected throughout the city.
In the valleys of the Chaunsky district near the city, you can see the ruins of Stalin's labour camps and uranium mines. Uranium mining stopped here in 1950 but the radiation level is still high.
Numerous hills protect the town from the harsh northern winds of the tundra, but during winters, the yuzhak, a warm southern wind, gains strength among these hills and brings warm air to the city. The temperature at times rises sharply from -40°C to 0°C (-40°F to 32°F) or even higher.
The hills are covered with snow most of the year. Locals come to admire the sunset from their peaks.
Pevek, a port town on the Northern Sea Route, is located literally at the edge of the world. Hills and tundra surround the town on one side while the Arctic Ocean provides the backdrop for the other. Lenta.ru shows how people live there.