Two hundred kilometres above the Arctic Circle hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers are finding a new life in northern Norway, but recently the doors have been shutting on those desperate to start fresh in the High North.
Since June 2015, distribution of many everyday goods, such as toothpaste and cleaning products, is a complicated case in Russia. New federal regulations on alcohol consumption state that products containing over 0.5 percent alcohol are subject to licensing.
Sari Pöyhönen is a Finnish journalist, media and culture worker living in Murmansk since 2010. She likes to take photos of everyday life and you can follow her photo blog from Murmansk here on BarentsObserver. New images will be added as Sari meets new people and sees seasons change in the world’s largest city north of the Arctic Circle through the camera’s lens.
The Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz wanted to find the Northern Sea Route. He found Spitsbergen and got an ocean named after him, but his dream of finding a new route to Asia ended on the eastern shores of Novaya Zemlya.