Tough Trains Siberia: Cities on the Arctic Circle

On reaching the end of the passenger line, 48 hours or so after leaving Moscow, the train finally stops at Labytnangi station, on the west bank of the mighty Ob River. Across the river, more than a mile wide at this point, lies the city of Salekhard, capital of the so-called Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region, which is home to Russia’s biggest gas fields.

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