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VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: Izil poses for a picture in his shack near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Izil works as a dispatcher on a small arport in his village of Topkinbashevo during summers, and when navigation stops, he moves to his small shack to sell goods. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: Izil closes the goods for sale with a piece of cloth to protect berries from snow near his shack near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Izil works as a dispatcher on a small arport in his village of Topkinbashevo during summers, and when navigation stops, he moves to his small shack to sell goods. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY, 23: Leniza poses for a picture in her shack at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on January 23, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Leniza holds an accounting book of goods sold. Leniza and her mother Tuhtabiya live in Yangutum. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY, 22: Gulsina poses for a picture in her shack at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on January 22, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Gulsina lives in Setovo, near the city of Tobolsk. She comes to this 'market' every year to sell the gifts of nature: fish, berries, meat, and even birch and pine brooms for banya (sauna). Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: Hatiya pose for a picture near her shack near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Hatiya lives in Yangutum. Her husband works as a motorman on a diesel station which provides electricity for the village, while Hatiya works on this 'market'. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: A list of available fish (bream, whitefish, schekur, white salmon, ide) is seen at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. People who drive through this spot can also buy linden broom (above) for banya (sauna). On the background ice cubes are seen. They are used by sellers for making food and tea. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY, 22: Gulsina poses for a picture in her shack at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on January 22, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Gulsina lives in Setovo, near the city of Tobolsk. She comes to this 'market' every year to sell the gifts of nature: fish, berries, meat, and even birch and pine brooms for banya (sauna). Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY, 23: Leniza poses for a picture in her shack at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on January 23, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 22: The winter road at night near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: Buckets with cranberry (left) and strawberry (right) are seen at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Every autumn families go to swamps to gather cranberry. They leave it on the swamps till winter and then transfer it to their homes on snowmobiles. Some of the Tatars sell it to wholesalers, others prefer to sell it on the winter road. The amount of cranberries manually gathered by one family differs depending on the number of people in a family, but is actually from 1000 kgs to 3000 kgs. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: An old kettle and some clothes are seen on the back of Gulsina's shack poses at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. As people stay in their shcaks for weeks and even months to sell the gift of nature, they have to use what they have: ice from rivers and lakes for making food, and snow for cleaning clothes and daily living needs. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: Hasiya, Kamil and their cat Marussia pose for a picture in their shack at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Kamil and his common law wife Hasiya live in the village of Setovo, not far from the city of Tobolsk. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: Buyers are seen through a window of one of the shacks near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: Kamil and his wife Hasiya sort berries near his shack at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Kamil and his common law wife Hasiya live in the village of Setovo, not far from the city of Tobolsk. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: A road signs is seen on a shack near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: Hatiya pose for a picture in her shack near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Hatiya lives in Yangutum. Her husband works as a motorman on a diesel station which provides electricity for the village, while Hatiya works on this 'market'. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: Hasiya and Kamil pose for a picture in their shack at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Kamil and his common law wife Hasiya live in the village of Setovo, not far from the city of Tobolsk. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: Yellow crucians are being sold at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Zabolotnie tatars fish through all year long, even in winter. Some of the fish is used as food, the other part is sold to wholesalers or on the winter road. Every family catches 10.000 kgs of fish or even more a year. Fish is one of the main sources of income as well as cranberries. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 2: A road sign '163 km' is seen on a birch on a winter road at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: A road sign 'Kuskurgul - 35km, Tyumen - 187 km' is seen near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: A viburnum branch (center) is seen on one of the shacks near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Hatiya lives in Yangutum. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY, 23: 8 small shacks are seen at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on January 23, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY, 23: Nothern pikes for sale are seen at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on January 23, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Fish is one of the main income resources for Zabolotnie tatars. Every family catches 10.000 kgs of fish or more every year. Some of it is used as food, the other part is usually sold to wholesalers or on the winter road. Fish, as well as berries, is also sometimes a currency: people trade it for flour, sugar, gas, etc. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: A small shack is seen near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY, 22: Tuhtabiya poses for a picture near her shack near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on January 22, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY, 22: European roaches for sale are seen near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on January 22, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Fish is one of the main income resources for Zabolotnie tatars. Every family catches 10.000 kgs of fish or more every year. Some of it is used as food, the other part is usually sold to wholesalers or on the winter road. Fish, as well as berries, is also sometimes a currency: people trade it for flour, sugar, gas, etc. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY, 22: 3 small shacks are seen near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on January 22, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY, 22: A shack is seen at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on January 22, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Ice cubes are used for cooking food and tea. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY, 22: Gulsina and her son Timur pose for a picture in her shack at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on January 22, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Gulsina lives in Setovo, near the city of Tobolsk. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY, 22: A sign 'Check the money on the spot' is seen on one of the shacks near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on January 22, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY, 22: Gulsina poses for a picture in her shack at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on January 22, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Gulsina lives in Setovo, near the city of Tobolsk. She comes to this 'market' every year to sell the gifts of nature: fish, berries, meat, and even birch and pine brooms for banya (sauna). Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY, 22: Kamil poses for a picture near his shack at a market near the Siberia village of Yangutum, on January 22, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Kamil and his common law wife Hasiya live in the village of Setovo, not far from the city of Tobolsk. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF TOPKINY, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - JANUARY 22: Houses of the village of Topkiny, on January 22, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. The only ways to get to Topkiny in summer are a motor boat or a helicopter. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
VILLAGE OF YANGUTUM, SIBERIA, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY, 2: Izil pose for a picture near her shack near the Siberian village of Yangutum, on February 2, 2016 in Siberia, Russia. Izil works as a dispatcher on a small airport in his village of Topkinbashevo during summers, and when navigation stops, he moves to his small shack to sell goods. Local people live in this 'winter' community to sell goods, such as berries, meat and fish, they have caught or gathered, to people driving north to the remote northern areas. They live in these shacks until the winter road becomes impassable. The road, built every winter by pouring water on the surface of the swamps to freeze it, connects the 'main land' area to the remote northern areas across the swamps of Zabolotie. During the warmer seasons, the route through the Zabolotie (about 350 km) is impassable. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
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A unique man-made ice road serves as a makeshift market for locals in Siberia's freezing cold climate. Each winter the swamps of Yangutum are doused with water to create an ice road where merchants set up shop.

Locals live in their shacks each winter where they sell berries, fish and other goods to travelers.

Vendors stay until the warmer months when the road melts and becomes impassable. Click through above to see photos of the unique market and to read the captivating stories of its inhabitants.

Yangutum: A Siberian Village

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