Snowstorm INSIDE A BUS: Passengers turned to snowmen after being stuck in -15F for 40 minutes when the vehicle broke with open windows in the Russian city
- Bus passengers in Norilsk, the polar circle, got stuck in a hair-raising storm
- Vehicle broke down for 40 minutes with windows open in -15F (-26C)
- Video shows freezing people covered in snow while they are on the bus
- Norilsk is one of the northernmost cities in the world, where the winter lasts nine months
The first bus ride back to work after the New Year is never pleasant – but it was especially cruel to commuters in the Russian Arctic Circle city of Norilsk.
Passengers filmed themselves snowing in the vehicle after it broke at bone-cooling temperatures of -15F (-26C) with a few open windows.
Local Lyubov Sedova said the bus was stuck for 40 minutes when gusts of wind of 65 km / h whipped passengers with snow and ice before they could start moving again.
Bus passengers in the Russian arctic city of Norilsk became virtual snowmen after their vehicle broke down with a few windows open
“This is just our typical winter bus ride,” said another local resident who did not want to be mentioned. ‘Heating often does not work and some windows may be missing.
“If this seems unusual to you, you are very welcome to experience Norilsk – and much more.”
Norilsk is the world’s second largest city above the polar circle after Murmansk, and one of the northernmost cities in the world.
Residents experience nine months of winter a year, including a few months of complete darkness, and even the summer often fails to melt snow on the ground.
The city was built by Russian prisoners in 1935 and is located on top of some of the largest nickel, copper and palladium deposits in the world.
There are no roads that lead to the city, and the only way to get there is by plane or boat, which only travels in the summer.
Home to 175,000 people, visitors can only travel here with the express permission of Norlisk Nickel, the company that owns the city – with permits that are rarely granted.
Riders kept shivering at temperatures of -15F (-26C) when 65mph winds blew snow and ice in their faces
Norilsk is one of the northernmost cities in the world and one of the coldest permanently inhabited places on the planet, with nine months of winter a year