This is the hotel in Khatanga where we stayed for the week we were there. Khatanga (Хатанга), a town of about 3000 people, is far enough north (72°N, 600 km [400 miles] north of the Arctic Circle) that in late April I was able to take this photo about an hour before midnight. The hotel seems far too large now, but in the past Khatanga was a major staging ground for Arctic expeditions, and also a major military location, with a 9000-foot runway; since the fall of the Soviet Union it has been less fortunate, and today it feels half empty.
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