As temperatures dip below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, the rivers of Russia’s Arctic north freeze solid. While for most it’s an excuse to stay indoors, winter is when the trucking business comes to life.
Truck drivers ferrying supplies to the farthest, coldest reaches of Russia hop into their vehicles and drive over those frozen arteries. The work is dangerous — especially as the ice eventually melts and thins — and lonely.
Ruslan Dorochenkov, 28, loves cursing, heavy metal music, his kids, and his religion. For eight years, he’s risked his life on Siberia’s ice highway.
On this particular journey, he was tasked with delivering groceries from Yakutsk to the Arctic town of Belaya Gora. This type of gig typically pays about $600.
The trip began in a warehouse outside Yakutsk, where pasta, cooking oil, soft drinks, and pounds of chocolate croissants were loaded into the truck. It weighed 25 tons.