THE POLAR STORIES
Horses, deer, dogs and the tundra — the way to the most northern school in the country made by the first teacher of Dikson

island Dikson, School 2
A photo from Natalia Klimova`s archive
A teacher with the surname Khantamirova managed to set off for Dikson in the beginning of November only. By that time the winter had already become the right to rule in the whole Arctic Circle. The teacher went from Dudinka to the settlement Ustj-Port above Yenisey by horses. There she found deers to overcome another 70 kilometers of the empty tundra to the settlement Karaul. From Karaul she went by argish — a reindeer train — to Sopochnaya Karga, a small mys where 70 years after that a carcass of a mammoth was found. By the mys she waited for a plane that had to bring her to Dikson. The plane didn’t arrive, though. Then she decided to go the last 120 kilometers on foot. In tundra she was guided by Nenets fishermen. In the daytime they went through the snowstorms and by nights slept in the snow. The last piece of her journey to Dikson the teacher went by dogs — she was brought by the hunters of the Dikson trade-hunting station.

That was 1944. The war continued on the mainland. In the settlement Dikson school 1 was opened, the teacher and director of the school became Khantamirova. Two rooms in a barrack were alloted then for classrooms and only seven children became the school pupils. Some time later the settlement’s school 1 turned into a brick three-storyed building. A boarding school for children whose parents worked and lived in winter huts for a long time and a kindergarten appeared in Dikson. In 1980 one more school was opened on the island, school 2. It was closed in 2006.