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Norilsk is one of the coldest, most polluted cities on the planet. As a "closed" city, you will need special permission from the government to visit, which is difficult to obtain unless you have a legitimate reason for being in the city. Furthermore, with no year-round road or rail connections, this is also an extremely isolated city, with flying to Norilsk being the only reasonable way of getting here. The city offers very little for tourists to do, as it is known mainly for its mining operations. Among its claims to fame are it being the most northerly city in the world with more than 100,000 people and having the world's most northerly mosque.

A Word of Caution

Norilsk presents a number of challenges to visitors, not least because it can be so difficult to get to the city. The pollution here is extremely bad and an extended stay could be hazardous to your health. The residents of Norilsk suffer from many health problems and the average life expectancy here is much lower than even the Russian average.

Furthermore, Norilsk is located far above the Arctic Circle and temperatures get extremely cold during the winter (often to about minus 60 degrees Celsius). Even if you are dressed appropriately, temperatures that low still pose a risk to your health if you are outside for even a few minutes.

Places to Stay in Norilsk

If you have a reason to go to Norilsk, the good news is that there are a number of hotels offering at least basic accommodation. Skyscanner's hotel search feature can assist you in finding a hotel in Norilsk. Some noteworthy places to stay in Norilsk include:

Polar Star is located on Norilsk's main street in a grand, historic building and is the city's most impressive hotel. A bar and restaurant are located onsite serving traditional Russian foods. Staff are extremely helpful and courteous, although, as with everywhere in Norilsk, it helps to have at least a basic grasp of Russian. Rooms and beds are comfortable and the location is unbeatable. Just outside of the hotel is a large statue of Lenin, one of the few tourist attractions Norilsk offers. The small Norilsk Museum is also nearby. For business travellers, there are conference facilities available.

Norilsk Hotel is currently undergoing renovations, meaning that while some rooms have been recently redone, others are a bit dated and in need of work. The renovated rooms enjoy modern furniture and offer guests a comfortable stay. There is a modern restaurant serving guests traditional Russian cuisine. In the morning, you can also enjoy the complimentary breakfast buffet. The hotel is located right in the centre of the city, making it ideal for walking to nearby grocery stores, shops, and restaurants.

Hostel Rus is a youth hostel featuring dorm beds and basic amenities. There is a shared kitchen, board games, lounge for meeting other guests, and free street parking if you are renting a car in Norilsk. WiFi and an airport shuttle are also available, both for an extra charge.