New Year Holidays in Yakutsk, Russia

NewYear Holidays in Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov

2018 NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS IN YAKUTIA, RUSSIA’S SIBERIA.
Yakutsk – Dog Sledding – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon
4/9 days

We continue celebrating New Year with our lovely travelers in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia. For the third time. Join us to enjoy the coldest city in the best holiday mood.

New Year Photographs

Here’re some pictures taken during previous New Year holidays.

Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev, Ajar Varlamov, Maxim Shirikov.

New Year Fireworks in Yakutsk

A view from Chochur Mouran hill.

Video credit: Maxim Shirikov.

Dates
  • 31 Dec 2017 – 03 Jan 2018 (100% guaranteed) – 4-Day Program: New Year Celebration in Yakutsk + Dog Sledding + day trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park.
  • 03 Jan 2018 – 08 Jan 2018 (100% guaranteed) – 6-Day Program: Oymyakon tour.
  • 31 Dec 2017 – 08 Jan 2018 (100% guaranteed) – 9-Day Program: New Year Celebration in Yakutsk + Dog Sledding + day trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon tour.
Itinerary

4-Day Program

31 December 2017 / Day 1 – Happy New Year in Yakutsk

— Arrival at Yakutsk Airport.
— Transfer to hotels in Yakutsk.
— Free time.
12:00 – 19:00 — Shopping extra warm clothes and city sightseeing. With a transport.
— Free time.
22:00 — 02:00 — Happy New Year Celebration at the “Chochur Muran” Ethno Complex:
— excursion across the complex to see rare exhibits of vintage things, archeological and paleontological findings;
— holiday dinner at the restaurant;
— meeting the New Year on the top of the hill called “Chochur Muran” with a view on a city.

01 January 2018 / Day 2 – A Day with Yakutian Laika in Yakutsk.

11:30 — 12:00 — Transfer from hotels to the “Chochur Muran” complex.
12:00 — 18:00 — Entertaining program:
— dinner at the restaurant;
— dog sledding with the blue-eyed Yakutian laikas and riding on snowmobiles (time to test your gears);
— national dish cooking workshop.
18:00 — 19:00 — Transfer to hotels.

02 January 2018 / Day 3 – Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park

07:00 — 08:00 — Picking up at hotels.
08:00 — Leaving Yakutsk.
08:00 — 13:30 — Driving to Lena Pillars Nature Park. Distance is 180 km one way.
Stop by at places of ancient rock paintings and caves along the Lena River.
13:30 — 14:00 — Lunch.
14:00 — 16:30
— Crossing the Lena River to the opposite bank by a snowmobile with a sledge.
— Free time at Lena Pillars.
16:30 — 17:00 — Break. Hot tea.
17:00 — 20:30 — Driving back to Yakutsk.
21:00 — Back to hotels.

03 January 2017 / Day 4 – Departure.

— Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.

5-Day Extension

Days 1 – 3 are the same as described above.

03 January 2017 / Day 4 – Driving Yakutsk to Khandyga

Drive distance: 432 km (according to our GPS track), 10 hours w/ meal & photo stops.
Meal time: Breakfast in hotel in Yakutsk. Lunch and dinner at road cafes en route.

We start our journey from hotel at 09:00 am. This day’s activity:
– Crossing the Lena River on the ice road. Stop for the group photo.
– Stop on the opposite bank of the Lena River to overlook the icy river landscape with Yakutsk in background.
– See many traditional Sakha villages. Stops for photo shoots.
– Stop on the bank of the Aldan River for break.
– Crossing the Aldan River.

Overnight at an apartment-based private hotel in Khandyga.

04 January 2017 года / Day 5 – Driving Khandyga – Kyubyume – Oymyakon

Distance ~514 km (according to our GPS track), ~12 hours w/ meal stops and photo shoots.
Meal time: Breakfast in the “Angara” appartment in Khandyga. Early lunch at a road cafe 100 km off Khandyga. Dinner at a road cafe in Kyubyume. Late dinner in Oymyakon.

We start journey at 08:00 am and arrive to Oymyakon late night.

We’ll do stops:
– Before approaching Verkhoyansk Mountains for lunch and photo shoot.
– At the memorial with the Big Cross on a rock dedicated to the victims of the Gulag system.
– Chernyj Prizhim (literally, it means the Black Narrow Pass with the highest bridge on the ridge).
– Kyubyume Fuel Station with the “Cuba” road cafe and the tube where all adventurers attach their own expedition sticks.
– Tomtor village for re-fuel at a gas station.
Actually, we can do many stops.

Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon or Tomtor.

05 January 2017 / Day 6 – Full Day in Oymyakon

Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon.
Meal time: Breakfast, lunch, dinner at family’s.

Activities:
– Experiments with the extreme cold in backyard.
– Visit to the “The Pole of Cold” monument with meeting Chyskhaan, Keeper of the Cold, and receiving the Pole of Cold Certificate from his hands.
– Walking around Oymyakon.
– Ice fishing on the Indigirka River. You’ll see the traditional net fishing method and try to catch a fish with a rod yourself.
– the Sakha Culture Evening in the House of Archy in Oymyakon.

06 January 2018 / Day 7 – Activities in Tomtor and driving back to Khandyga

Drive distance: ~514 km (according to our GPS track).
Meal time: Breakfast at family’s in Oymyakon. Late lunch in Kyubyume Road Cafe. Late Dinner after the mountain range, 100 km before Khandyga.

On the way to Tomtor, we’ll do stop by to visit the farm of Yakutian cows, original Siberian breed (small and steady, and accustomed to live outdoor in the extremely cold conditions). In Tomtor, we’ll go inside the ice tunnel (former food storage) with giant ice crystals on walls and ceiling and walk up on top of the hill to see the whole Oymyakon valley from above. When heading to Khandyga, we’ll see all the beauty of the nature landscape we missed when drove in darkness on Day 5. Arrival in Khandyga late night.

Overnight in the “Angara” private hotel in Khandyga.

07 January 2018 / Day 8 – Driving Khandyga to Yakutsk

We arrive back to Yakutsk. This evening we invite you to have a farewell party (meals are not included) at the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex.

08 January 2018 года / Day 9 – Departure.

— Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.

Tour Cost

31 Dec 2017 – 03 Jan 2018 (100% guaranteed)

For a group of 4-7 people = 62 500 RUB per person.

03 – 08 Jan 2018 (100% guaranteed)

For a group of 4-7 people = 87 000 RUB per person.

31 Dec 2017 – 08 Jan 2018 (100% guaranteed)

For a group of 7 people = 129 000 RUB per person.
For a group of 6 people = 144 000 RUB per person.

10-percent discount is given for full pre-payment.

Package includes:

For Yakutsk-part

– visa support (Letter of Invitation);
— transfer from Yakutsk Airport to hotel on the day of arrival;
— transfer from hotel to Yakutsk Airport on the day of departure;
— guide service for the whole period of the tour;
— all transfers in Yakutsk as per the above itinerary;
— entry tickets to two venues during the city tour on 12/31/2017;
— Happy New Year celebration at the “Chochur Muran” complex;
— Half day activities at the “Chochur Muran” complex on 01/01/2017, including lunch, workshop w/ tea, dog sledding and snowmobiling;
— day trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park (hired vehicle/s en route Yakutsk – Batamai – Yakutsk, snowmobile for crossing the Lena River, entry tickets to nature park, meals packed in lunch boxes.

For Oymyakon-part

— hired vehicles and all transport-related expenses for the trip en route Yakutsk to Oymyakon and back to Yakutsk;
— accommodation at the apartment-based hotel in Khandyga;
— accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon;
— meals at family’s in Oymyakon.
— the Pole of Cold certificate granted in Oymyakon;
— traditional net ice-fishing on the Indigirka River in Oymyakon;
— Sakha Culture Evening at the House of Archy in Oymyakon;
— visit to the farm with a special Siberian cow breed called Yakutian cows;
— ice tunnel complex in Tomtor.

Package does NOT include:

— air tickets to/from Yakutsk;
— accommodation in Yakutsk;
— meals in Yakutsk (apart from those mentioned in the itinerary) and at roadside cafes en route Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Yakutsk (up to 1500 RUB/day per person);
— personal medical and travel insurance policies;
— extra warm clothes;
— tips and gratitude.

BOOKING & PAYMENT CONDITIONS

— Tour is booked when the deposit amounting to 16% of the tour cost is pre-paid.
— Balance payment is due no later than 21 day prior to the start of the tour.
— We accept international payments in Russian Rubles by PayPal (PayPal’s surcharge fee for cross-border is between 4.2% and 6.4% plus 10 RUB).
— We accept international payments in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer (the bank’s fee is 25 USD per transaction).
— Payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
— We accept payments from a Russia-based bank in Russian Rubles by bank transfer or bank card. No surcharge fee in this case.
– Discounts are provided, when the early booking is place or when full pre-payment is done.

BOOK NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS IN YAKUTSK

Information by phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 – office.
+7 (924) 765-99-30 – work mobile.

Order your holidays via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

New Year in Yakutsk and Oymyakon, Russia’s Siberia! Experience winter holidays in the coldest inhabited places on Earth…

Yakutian Horse & Siberian Breeders

Yakutian horses. Two winter days with real Siberian horsebreeders in Yakutia, Russia. Yakutsk Winter Tour.

YAKUTIAN HORSE BREEDING FARM TOUR.
Authentic Siberian Village Life Experience.

Spend 1-2 winter days with Yakutian villagers and horse breeders in the Siberian wilderness and learn more about the Yakutian horse (Wiki), unique breed originated in the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia and accustomed to live in the extreme cold.

Tour Details:

Duration: 1-day trip & 2-day trip.
Period: late November till early April.
Dates: any day on request only.
Group size: 1-4 pax.

Highlights:
– Ice road or ferry across the Lena River;
– Maya village with Regional Museum;
– traditional Sakha (Yakut) villages;
– Yakutian cuisine at village family’s;
– Sakha village life;
– Yakutian horses roaming in the wilderness;
– horse breeders & farm;
– horse sleigh ride;
– horse back ride;
– snow machine ride;
– sauna in the evening;
– overnight/s in a wooden house;
– etc.

Hunting is not included. Requires an extra day.

Photography:

Yakutian horses & farm in the wintertime:

Photo credits: first & second rows by Ajar Varlamov, our German-/English-speaking guide; last four photos in the third row by Pavel Filippov, horse breeder.

Yakutian Horse Farm in January:

Photo credit: Pavel Filippov.

Breeding farm in September:

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE BREEDING FARM TOUR:

Itinerary:

08:45 – Picking-up at hotel in Yakutsk.
09:00 – 09:30 – Driving on the ice road across the Lena River between Yakutsk and Nizhny Bestyakh (on the map), 16 km. Stop for photographing on the river.
09:30 – 10:00 – Driving from Nizhny Bestyakh to Mayya, 35 km.
10:00 – 12:30 – Visit to the place of the annual Yakut national holiday “Ysyakh.” Visit to Mayya Regional Museum of History. Mayya is a homeland for Manchaary, who was a Sakha hero like Robin Hood. A couple of centuries ago, he helped poor people by robbering insolent rich ones.
12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch at family’s in the village.
14:00 – 17:00 – Visit to the Yakutian horse breeding farm, deep in the forest, 20 km from Maya. Walking across horsebreeders’ farm. Feeding Yakutian horses. Horseback ride. Horse sleigh ride. Preparing ice for horses. Preparing a hole in the ice of frozen river for horses to drink water. Photographing.
17:00 – 18:00 – Snacks and hot beverages in a log cabin.
19:00 – 21:00 – Way back to hotel in Yakutsk.

Price:

Without an interpreter

For 1-2 person = 26 700 RUB*.

With an interpreter

For 1-2 person = 35 000 RUB*.

*Cost is set up in Russian Rubles. Payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. Payment in Russian Rubles might be done by PayPal or by bank transfer.

Includes:

– transport from Yakutsk to a horse breeding farm and back;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide (if ordered);
– entry tickets;
– snowmobile/horse sleigh rent;
– horse breeders’ work;
– breeders’ fur cloth rent;
– a guest house to warm up;
– meals.

Does NOT include:

– extra day at the farm.

2-DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE BREEDING FARM TOUR:

Itinerary:

Day 1

08:45 – Picking-up at hotel in Yakutsk.
09:00 – 09:30 – Driving on the ice road across the Lena River between Yakutsk and Nizhny Bestyakh (on the map), 16 km. Stop for photographing the sunrise over the river.
09:30 – 10:00 – Driving from Nizhny Bestyakh to Mayya, 35 km.
10:00 – 11:30 – Stop at Mayya Regional Museum of History. Mayya is a homeland for Manchaary, who was a Sakha hero like Robin Hood. A couple of centuries ago, he helped poor people by robbering insolent rich ones.
12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch at family’s in the village of Petrovka.
13:00 – 15:00 – Driving from Mayya to a horse breeding farm through a traditional Yakutian village and snowy forest, 20 km.
15:00 – 17:00 – Walking across horsebreeders’ farm. Feeding Yakutian horses. Horseback ride. Horse sleigh ride. Photographing forest & field during the sunset.
17:00 – 17:30 – Brunch in a log cabin. Hot beverages & snacks.
18:00 – 19:00 – Sauna. Some might try to dive into snowdrifts.
19:00 – 21:00 – Dinner.
Overnight in a cabin.

Day 2

08:00 – 09:00 – Breakfast.
09:00 – 12:00 – Snowmobiling or sleigh ride through the forest to spot and enjoy Yakutian horses pastured in the wilderness on their own. Warm fur clothes are provided.
13:00 – Back to the log cabin. Lunch.
14:00 – 18:00 – Horse riding. Observing the sunset over forest. Free time.
18:00 – 19:00 – Driving back to Yakutsk.
20:00 – Back to hotel.

Price:

For 2 people = 26500 RUB* per person.
Individual = 51000 RUB*.

*Cost is set up in Russian Rubles. Payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. Payment in Russian Rubles might be done by PayPal or by bank transfer.

Includes:

– transportation from Yakutsk to a horse breeding farm and back;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide for 2 days;
– entry tickets;
– snowmobile/horse sleigh rent;
– horse breeders’ work;
– breeders’ fur cloth rent;
– accommodation in a guest house;
– sauna;
– meals.

Does NOT include:

– extra day for hunting.

Book your Siberian horsebreeders’ experience

Information by phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 – office.
+7 (924) 765-99-30 – work mobile.

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

We tend to reply immediately or in the course of a day. If we don’t get back to you as quick as you wish, please, don’t worry. We could be busy with urgent requests or current travellers. Don’t hesitate to remind us.

To be at Yakutian horse breeders’ place is always fun with friends.

GULAG Labour Camp

One of many Soviet GULAG camp barracks used by Yanstroy prisoners to construct the road through Olchan passes on the way to Topolinoye in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Winter photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

YANSTROI, STALIN’S GULAG LABOUR CAMP.
Winter Road Trip from Yakutsk, Siberia / Russia.

Unique trip from Yakutsk to Soviet GULAG’s Labour Camps called “YanStroi.” One of the most toughest place for Stalin’s prisoners to survive. Its inmates were assigned to construct the road to the North through Big and Small Olchan Mountain Passes. Those camps were located in such remote areas that they managed to stay untouched since the gloomest period of history of USSR.

Accessable in the wintertime. Upon request only.

Photographs

One of many GULAG barracks used by Yanstroy inmates to construct the road through Olchan mountain passes on the way to Topolinoe in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Transport We Use

For road trips, we use Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota Land Cruiser 105, and Mitsubishi Delica. They are customized for the use in extreme cold winter conditions.

3-Day Guided Tour to GULAG Labour Camp

General Info

Group size: 1-4 persons.
Trip Duration: 3 days / 2 nights.
Recommended period: January till the first week of April.
Type of travel: road trip.
Means of transport: Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Mitsubishi Delica or other type of 4wd transport.
Location of the visit: Camps are located between Topolinoe and the Kolyma Federal Road.
Starting point of the trip: Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia.

Highlights

– Khandyga (map), the end of the famous Road of Bones, constructed from Magadan by GULAG prisoners in 1940s.
– Teply Klyuch town that used to be one of airports on the Alaska- Siberian air road and accepted Lend-Lease aircraft received by the Soviet from the Northwest Staging Route. Wiki.
– GULAG Museum in Teply Klyuch (map).
– GULAG’s Labour Camps (see photos above).
– Sakha Historical & Architectural Museum in Cherkekh village.

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive Yakutsk to Teply Klyuch, 492 km. Leaving a hotel in Yakutsk in the early morning. Crossing two rivers, Lena and Aldan, on ice roads. We drive the part between Nizhnyj Bestyakh and Khandyga in the daytime. With stops to photographs traditional Yakutian villages and for two meals (not included) at roadside cafes en route. Arrival to Teply Klyuch by 20:00. Overnight at an apartment-based hotel (twin rooms, shared bathroom, shared kitchen).

Day 2: Drive Khandyga to GULAG’s Labour Camp, 170 km one way. Breakfast (not included) at a roadside cafe in Teply Klyuch. Visit to GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch. Drive to GULAG camps on the winter road from the Kolyma Highway toward Topolinoe village. We’ll see two camps in the daytime. Back to Teply Klyuch in the evening. Dinner at a cafe. Drive to Khandyga, 70 km. Overnight at an apartment-based hotel in Khandyga.

Day 3: Way back to Yakutsk, 432 km km. Breakfast (not included) at a cafe. Drive toward Yakutsk. Crossing the Aldan River. Stop at some remarkable places.

3-Day Gulag Tour Cost

Rates for Winter 2018

For a group of 3 travellers = 47 000 RUB per person.
For a group of 2 travellers = 68 000 RUB per person.

Package includes:

– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide;
– winter-equipped off-road vehicle with driver and all transport-related expenses;
– accommodation in Teply Klyuch (apartment-based, twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared indoor bathroom, no breakfast);
– entry tickets to GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch.
– accommodation in Khandyga (apartment-based, twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared indoor bathroom, no breakfast);

NOT included:

– meals at roadside cafes and hotels en route;
– entry tickets to museums in Cherkekh in case if a stop would be done at that place.

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Tour is considered to be booked, when the deposite amounting to 30% of tour cost is pre-paid.
– Balance payment is due no later than 21 days prior to the start of the tour.
– Payment might be done in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer (your bank’s fee for cross-border transaction is 25 USD) and should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
– Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by PayPal (PayPal’s fee for cross-border transaction and currency conversion is up to 5.6% of transacted amount + 10 RUB).

Did you know that…

Visit to GULAGs might be ordered as an extra day within the Yakutsk to Oymyakon private tour.

Book Your GULAG Trip

Information by phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 – office.
+7 (924) 765-99-30 – work mobile.

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

Winter travel to Stalin Soviet GULAG’s Labour Camp from Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia.

Dog Sledding in Yakutsk, Siberia!

Dog Sledding Tour in Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia

DOG SLEDDING IN YAKUTSK, RUSSIA’S SIBERIA.
Siberian Winter Adventure Tour with Blue-Eyed Yakutian Laikas, Local Original Sled Dogs, in the Forest and on the Ice of the Lena River.

Group Size: 1-5 PAX.
Duration: We have sled dog tours for 7 days (see the itineranry below), 2 full days (one through the dense Siberian forest, the other on the ice of the Lena River to Sottintsy), 1 full day (Dog Musher’s School) and 1/2 day (short program).
Availability Period: December 2017 – March 2018.
Type of sledding: self drive.
Tour type: winter adventure expedition.
Difficulty level: medium.
Sled dog breed: Yakutian laika, a real Siberia-originated sled dog. Check it on Wikipedia.
Quantity of sled dogs: 6 in each harness.
Sled type: DANLER and traditional wooden.
Warm clothes: fur coat, pants, gloves, and pants are provided, if requested.
Safety: support team on a snowmobile.

Just one week in Yakutsk! And you’ll get friended with the blue-eyed Yakutian Laika, learn to drive a dog sled, see the beauty of the winter, the Siberian taiga, and the majestic Lena River, learn the history and culture of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in the unique museums of Yakutsk and Sottintsy village, experience a local life during overnights in a hunting hut and a traditional Yakut balagan (small wooden house). And try a fine traditional cuisine of the Northern peoples in the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex.

For alternative options, please, see the list below.

Yakutsk Dog Sledding Tour Photos & Videos

Dog Sledding on the Lena River to Sottintsy Village

Yakutian Laika. Dog sledding tour in Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov/VisitYakutia.com

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide and photographer.

Dog Sledding through the Siberian Forest

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide and photographer.

Day Sled Trip to Shaman Tree

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide and photographer.

Ambarchik Guest House
Video: Dog Sledding in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia

7-Day Standard Dog Sledding Tour (Full Package)

Highlights: 7-day standard program includes 1 training day, 1-day training sledding to the Shaman tree, 2-day dog sledding in the forest, 2-day dog sledding on the Lena River, and 1 full day for city tour in Yakutsk.

Tour is arranged upon request. As private guided.

Available Dates:
  • 04 – 11 Feb 2018 – Gathering a group of 3-4 people.
  • 11 – 18 Feb 2018 – on request.
  • 18 – 25 Feb 2018 – on request.
  • 25 Feb – 04 Mar 2018 – on request.
  • 04 – 11 Mar 2018 – Gathering a group of 3-4 people.
  • 11 – 25 Mar 2018 – on request.
  • 25 Mar – 01 Apr 2018 – on request.
  • Other dates on request.
Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Yakutsk Airport in the morning.

– Transfer from airport to hotel in the city. Please, see the list of recommended hotels on the ride sidebar.
– Check-in hotel in town. One night in hotel is required so to get migration registration at hotel.
– Transfer from hotel to the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex, 7 km.
– Brunch at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex.
– Welcome with traditional clearification & blessing ceremony.
– Meeting Yakutian laika (a local sled dog breed).
– Theory lecture about specifics of driving dog sleds.
– Lunch at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex. European, Russian and Yakut cuisine.
– Training. A guide will show how to handle dogs, put them in harness, and self-drive.
– Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex.
– Transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel in the city.

Day 2

Dog sledding to the Shaman Tree, 17 km.

– Breakfast in hotel.
– Moving from hotel to the “Ambarchik” guest house on the territory of the “Chochur Muran” complex. Since this day your accommodation is over here.
– Preparation for the first dog sledding.
– Helping to prepare sleds and put dogs in the harness.
– Dog sledding to the Shaman Tree. 17 km.
– Light snacks at the place of the Shaman Tree.
– Dog sledding back to the “Chochur Muran” complex.
– Lunch at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex.
– Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel. A chance to see the head of the real mammoth discovered by the Yukagir community on the Yana River in the Arctic area.
– Go up stairs on the view deck on the top of the Chochur Muran hill to view Yakutsk.
– Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex.

Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 3

Excursion Day in Yakusk

– Breakfast at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.
– Free time.
– Dinner at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.
– City tour in Yakutsk. Visits to Permafrost Insitute Underground Lab, Mammoth Museum, Yakutia Treasury, shopping in souvenir & jewlery shop in the old town.

Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 4

2-day dog sledding through forest with overnight in a hunter cabin

– Breakfast at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.
– Dog safari to a hunter cabin, 24 km. Hot tea/coffee en route.
– Dinner and overnight in a hunter cabin.

Day 5

Way back to the “Chochur Muran” complex

– Breakfast.
– Dog sledding back to the complex. Hot tea/coffee en route.
– Dinner at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.

Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 6

2-day dog sledding on the ice of the Lena River to Sottintsy village, 70 km.

– Breakfast in the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.
– Transfer from the complex to the Lena River by a truck.
– Dog sledding with a support snowmobile. Hot tea/coffee.
– Dinner and overnight in the traditional Yakutian wooden house.

Day 7

Way back.

– Breakfast.
– Excursion to the “Druzhba/Friendship” outdoor museum in Sottintsy. That’s where Yakutsk was initially established by Russian Cossacks in 1632.
– Continue of dog sledding back to the city.
– Arrival in the complex in the evening.
– Farewell dinner at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.

Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 8

– Breakfast (take on).
– Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.
– Flight from Yakutsk.

Yakutsk Dog Sledding Tour Cost

Winter 2017-2018

For 4 people = 127 000 RUB per person.
For 3 people = 142 000 RUB per person.
For 2 people = 177 000 RUB per person.
For 1 people = 239 000 RUB.

Package includes:

– Visa support.
– Transfer airport to hotel and the complex to airport on Day 1 and 8.
– Accommodation at Lena Hotel in Yakutsk on Day 1. Premium Single Room. W/ breakfast. With migration registration.
– Transfers across the city as per itinerary.
– English/German/French- or Spanish-speaking guide for all days.
– Brunch, lunch, dinner on Day 1-2; breakfast and dinner on Day 3; breakfast, hot tea/coffee and dinner on Days 4-7;
– Accommodation at the “Ambarchik” guest house on Days 2, 3, 5, 7.
– Accommodation in a hunter cabin on Day 4.
– Accommodation in a traditional Yakutian wooden house on Day 6.
– Excursion to Druzhba Outdoor Architectural Historical Museum in the area of Sottintsy.
– Training activities on Days 1-2.
– All expenses related to the arrangment of dog sledding on Days 2, 4, 5, 6, 7.
– City tour with venue entry tickets on Day 3.
– Extra warm fur clothes rental (available only on extremely cold days).

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Booking is considered to be accepted, when the deposit amounting 35% of the cost is pre-paid.
– Balance payment is due no later than 21 days before the start of the tour.
– Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
– Payment might be done in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer (bank’s fee for cross-border transaction is 25 USD per transaction).
– Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by PayPal (PayPal’s fee for cross-border transaction is up to 5.4% + 10 RUB).
– Discount is provided for the early booking or full-prepayment.

Alternative Options:

BOOK DOG SLEDDING TOUR

Information by phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 – office.
+7 (924) 765-99-30 – work mobile.

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

We tend to reply to written inquiries immediately or in the course of a day. If we don’t get back to you during 2-3 days, please, don’t worry. We could be busy with urgent requests or current travellers. Remind us about your request.

Self-drive a dog sled in Yakutsk, Russia. When we say dog sledding, we mean winter adventure!

Travel to Oymyakon, Russia

Travel to Oymyakon, Russia. Standard Siberian adventure tour for Russian winter holidays. Oymyakon tourism.

YAKUTSK – OYMYAKON. WINTER 2018-2019.
Travel to the World’s Coldest Inhabited Place.
Standard tour for Russian holidays in Siberia!

In next winter we continue to arrange tours to Oymyakon, Russia’s Siberia. It’s the world’s coldest inhabited place located in the Eastern part of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). Experience Russian holidays in soft adventure tour through the cold Siberian weather. Travel with us!

Adventure tours to Oymyakon, Russia’s Siberia, will be done from the end of November till the early April. The coldest period is the midst and end of December, January, and the first half of February.

Season: 20 Nov 2018 to 08 Apr 2019.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Khandyga – Yakutsk.
Round travel distance: ~2000 km with all short rides within settlements.
Tour type: soft adventure, road trip.
The tour starts and ends in Yakutsk, capital of Repiblic of Sakha-Yakutia.

OYMYAKON WEATHER VIDEO

Measuring temperature in Oymyakon, Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

This video was taken by German photographer Björn Steinz in Oymyakon in January 2010. In the video: Bolot Bochkarev, Ajar Varlamov and their Yakutsk-based friends.

OYMYAKON TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHS

Photographs taken in February

The above photographs were taken by Ajar Varlamov in February.

Photographs taken in March

The above photographs were taken by Bolot Bochkarev in the middle of March.

Vehicles We Use in Winter

OYMYAKON TOUR MAP

Oymyakon-related Trip Options

See options below. Please, note that the Yakutsk to Oymyakon round trip requires minimum 5 days, as the village of Oymyakon is located 930 km off Yakutsk.

TRIPS FOR WINTER 2017-2018:

  • March – April 2018 – 5-Day Oymyakon Private Tours. ON DEMAND.

GROUP TRIPS FOR WINTER 2018-2019:

  • 23 – 27 December 2018 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. SALE IS OPEN.
  • 03 – 07 January 2019 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. SALE IS OPEN.
  • 21 – 28 January 2019 – Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. SALE IS OPEN.
  • 04 – 11 February 2019 – Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. SALE IS OPEN.
  • 04 – 11 March 2019 – Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. SALE IS OPEN.
  • 21 – 26 March 2019 – 6-Day “The Pole of Cold Festival” Tour. Description and rates to be published.

If you’re searching travel mates for your specific dates, please, let us know in advance so we could attract other travelers to join in your trip.

OYMYAKON PRIVATE TOURS ON DEMAND:

  • 5/6-Day Oymyakon trip. Upon request.
  • Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon trip. Upon request.
  • Yakutsk City Tour + 6-Day GULAG – Oymyakon trip. Upon request.

6-DAY SELF-DRIVE TO OYMYAKON ON DEMAND:

  • Training Day in Yakutsk + 5-Day Self-Driving from Yakutsk to Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited place, on Toyota Land Cruiser. With transfers from/to airport. Quote upon request.
  • Any dates self-drive from Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon on Toyota Land Cruiser. Test your driving skills all the way on the toughest Kolyma road in winter conditions. Quote upon request.

Please, note that:

  • entertainment activities are not included in the self-drive tour cost;
  • self-driving means that a vehicle comes with a driving instructor together;
  • the cost of self-driving tour is much higher than a standard private road trip (see the above-listed tour descriptions.)

7-DAY OYMYAKON STANDARD TOUR ON DEMAND

Season: 20 Nov 2018 to 08 Apr 2019. SALE IS OPEN.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Khandyga – Yakutsk.
Duration: 7 full days (8 days / 7nights).
Dates: any dates at request.

Standard Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Yakutsk. Rendezvous at the airport. Transfer to hotel. 14:00 – 19:00 – City sightseeing and extra warm clothing shopping. With a chance to visit Mammoth Museum and the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel complex.

Day 2: Yakutsk – Khandyga.

Drive distance: 432 km (according to our GPS track), 10 hours w/ stops for photo session and by a roadside cafe.
Overnight in an apartment-based hotel in Khandyga (twin-triple rooms, shared WC/shower, shared kitchen, no breakfast.)

We start our journey from hotel at 09:00 am. If any travel mate is coming this morning, we’ll wait for him/her, certainly, and go.

This day’s activity:

– Crossing the Lena River on the ice road. Stop for the group photo.
– Stop on the opposite bank of the Lena River to overlook the river landscape with Yakutsk in background.
– See many traditional Sakha villages. Stops for photo shoots.
– Stop on the bank of the Aldan River.
– Crossing the Aldan River.

Day 3: Khandyga – Kyubyume – Oymyakon.

Distance ~514 km (according to our GPS track), ~12 hours w/ stops for photo session and by a roadside cafe.
Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon (private wooden house, twin-triple rooms, w/ sink inside, outdoor WC.)
Meals: late dinner in Oymyakon.

We start journey at 08:00 am and arrive to Oymyakon late night.

We’ll do stops:
– Before approaching Verkhoyansk Mountains at a roadside cafe in Teply Klyuch and for photo shoot.
– At the memorial with the big Cross on the rock dedicated to the victims of the Gulag system.
– Chernyj Prizhim (literally it means Black Pass with the highest bridge on the ridge), Zheltyj Prizhim (Yellow Pass), Zayachya Petlya and other remarkable places in mountains.
– Kyubyume Fuel Station with the “Cuba” road cafe and the tube where all adventurers attach their own expedition sticks.
– Tomtor village for re-fuel at a gas station.

Actually we can do many stops.

Day 4: Oymyakon.

Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon, the same place.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner at family’s.

Activities:
– Visit to the “The Pole of Cold” stella with meeting Chyskhaan, Keeper of the Cold, and receiving the Pole of Cold Certificate from his hands.
– Visit to school and its heating station, if open.
– Experiments with the cold in the family’s backyard.
– Ice fishing on the Indigirka River. You’ll see the traditional net fishing method and try to catch a fish with a rod yourself.
– Sakha Culture Evening at Cultural Center.

Day 5: Oymyakon – Tomtor – Oymyakon.

Drive distance ~40 km one-way.
Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner at family’s.

This day we travel to the town of Tomtor. During the day trip we visit:
– the farm of Yakutian horses, original Siberian breed, small and steady, and accustomed to live outdoor in the extremely cold conditions (note: very rarely, horses might be scattered in mountain valleys and not seen in the farm; it happens when horses are pastured too far away and a breeder is unable to gather horses in the cold condition during a day before our arrival; in such case, we replace horses with unique Yakutian cows, which are very extraordinary, they are huge and mighty and stay outdoor in the farm all the day and go for drinking water to the river every morning);
– the ice tunnel (former food storage) with giant ice crystals on walls and ceiling as well as with ice sculptures;
– Tomtor Regional History Museum.

We’ll also walk around Tomtor that used to be the administrative center of the whole Oymyakonsky District. It is the very place where Oymyakon weather station is located and the lowest temperature was registered.

Day 6: Oymyakon – Khandyga.

Drive distance: ~514 km (according to our GPS track).
Overnight at a private apartment-based hotel in Khandyga, the same place.

According to the GPS tracks:
– Oymyakon (guest house) to Tomtor (gas station) – 41.2 km at speed of 40 km/h.
– Tomtor (gas station) to Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp – 131 km at speed of 50-60 km/h
– Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp to Kyubyume (gas station & road café) – 22 km at speed of 60 km/h.
– Kyubyume (road café) to Khandyga (private hotel) – 319 km at speed of 60 km/h.

This day’s most exciting part is your visit to the winter camp of reindeer herders, where we’ll try the authentic nomadic food, of course, with reindeer meat and do reindeer sleigh ride. You will also need to help herders to prepare sleds… just a little bit.

Please, note that visit to reindeer winter’s camp is possible in the end of November, the beginning of December, February and the first half of March only.

Arrival in Khandyga late night.

Day 7: Khandyga – Yakutsk.

Quick drive to Yakutsk. Stops for lunch and dinner at road cafes en route. Arrival to Yakutsk by the evening.

On the way, we’ll visit some interesting villages, including Cherkhekh with Outdoor Architecture History Museum.

In the evening, all participants are welcome to the farewell dinner in the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex (not included).

Departure Day Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.

Oymyakon Standard Tour Price for Winter 2018-2019

For 4 travellers = 112 000 RUB per person.
For 3 travellers = 141 000 RUB per person.
For 2 travellers = 198 000 RUB per person.
For 1 traveler = 371 000 RUB.

Notes:
– Oymyakon Standard Tour is done on request on any dates only;
– For group trips to join in, please, check dates listed above.

Includes:

– visa support, if requested.
– transfers from airport to hotel on Day 1 and from hotel to airport in Yakutsk on Day 8;
– transport for the city tour and shopping on Day 1 as per itinerary;
– English/German/French- or Spanish-speaking guide;
– transport and all transport-related expenses for the road trip Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Yakutsk;
– accommodation in private hotels in Khandyga (twin-triple rooms with shared facilities);
– accommodation at family’s in a regular village wooden house in Oymyakon with meals (2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 3 dinner);
– entertainment activities in Oymyakon, precisely the Keeper of the Cold Chyskhaan’s welcome and photo session, visits to Yakutian horse breeding farm, traditional ice-fishing on the Indigirka River, Sakha Culture Evening;
– entertainment activities in Tomtor, i.e. visits to History Museum (with the Gulag section) as well as to the ice tunnel;
– entry tickets to Cherkekh Outdoor Museum;
– satellite phone connection with the Russian Emergency Service.

At additional cost, if requested:

– Visit to the reindeer herders’ winter camp + reindeer sleigh ride in the wilderness (final rate depends on the size of the group).

Does NOT include:

– air tickets to/from Yakutsk;
– accommodation in Yakutsk (from ~50 USD/room/day up to 100 USD/room/day);
– meals in Yakutsk;
– meals on driving days en route Yakutsk – Oymyakon (reserve ±2000 RUB/person/day);
– personal warm clothes and items;
– personal health-n-travel insurance;
– tips and gratuities.

Booking and payment conditions:

– tour is booked, when deposit (12% of the tour cost) is pre-paid and deposit is non-refundable);
– balance payment is due no later than 45-60 days before the start of the tour;
– payment might be done in Russian rubles by PayPal (PayPal’s transaction fee is up to 5.4% + 10 RUB);
– payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY should be done by bank transfer (your bank surcharges additionally up to 25 USD for cross-border transaction).

Request the other options if:

  • a group is bigger;
  • you need to customize a tour itinerary according to your dream plan;
  • you wish to order a transport, accommodation and guide service only;
  • you wish to customize entertainment activities;
  • you want to add a visit to reindeer herder’s winter camp to do a reindeer safari;
  • you wish to self-drive vehicles with our instructors.

Let us know what you wish. We’re very flexible and can create any itinerary possible for you. Please, note that we design the customized itinerary from scratch and it might take time.

Recommendations:

  • Take along warm Arctic-type outfits from brands such as The North Face, Canada Goose and similiar. While in Yakutsk, travellers will have time to do shopping, i.e. buying warm boots (valenki or fur boots), gloves/mitten, hats. Parkas and warm pants from the mentioned brands are very expensive in Yakutsk. For warm underwear, consider Termo (Sweden).
  • Bring your own travel and medical insurance from the company that has the Russian partner.

Oymyakon trip is also booked with:

Book Your Trip to the Coldest Inhabited Place on Earth!

Information by phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 – office.
+7 (924) 765-99-30 – work mobile.

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

DISCLAIMER: The top photo “Pole of Cold Monument” and March photographs by Bolot Bochkarev. Travel photographs by Ajar Varlamov. In the video: Bolot Bochkarev. Video credit: Björn Steinz/www.oka2.com.

PLAN YOUR TRAVEL TO OYMYAKON! Let’s experience the best Russian winter holidays in Siberia. Short URL for this page – http://bit.ly/oymyakon

Verkhoyansk Winter Tour

Winter travel to Verkhoyansk, Russia. Experience extreme weather in the coldest town on the Earth.

WINTER TRAVEL TO VERKHOYANSK, RUSSIA
4-Day Tour in Winter 2017-2018

Embark a short winter trip to Verkhoyansk, Russia. Located in the Northern-Eastern part of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Founded in 1638 by Russian Cossacks and served initially as a remote Siberian exile place.

In the upcoming winter, we decided to make Verkhoyansk as a regular winter destination. Travel with us!

Fly to Batagay. Stay 2 full days in Verkhoyansky District and travel through the coldest places on Earth. Come back to Yakutsk on the 4th day.

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights.
Group size: 1-4 people.
Route: Yakutsk – Batagay – Verkhoyansk – Batagay – Betenkes – Batagay – Yakutsk.
Starts and ends at Yakutsk Airport.
Recommended period: November – April.
Coldest Period: late November – February, around -50C.

Did you know?

“Verkhoyansk fights over the title of the coldest village in the world with Oymyakon, an area to the south-east of the town.”

“However, it holds the Guinness World Record for the greatest temperature range on Earth, from -67.8C in winter to 37.3C in summer.”

Resource: BBC’s story Growing up in -60C

Tour Highlights:

– Cold weather with -40C and -60C.
– Icy forest and mountains.
– Verkhoyansk Range to observe from the plane.
– Soviet-type airport in Batagai.
– Soviet-type town of Batagai. Founded in the infamous 1939 by Stalin’s GULAG inmates as a center of tin industry.
– Verkhoyansk, the oldest town in North-Eastern Yakutia.
– Authentic Yakut villages.
– Unique Yakutian horses.
– Snowmobile ride.

Route Map

Verkhoyansk Winter Travel Photos

Above photographs were taken in Verkhoyansk District in the middle of November. That’s the start of the winter season.

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Dates
  • Any dates on request. Preferably from Monday to Thursday.

If you need travel mates, please, write us.

Itinerary

Day 1 / Monday – YAKUTSK – BATAGAY. Transfer from hotel to Yakutsk Airport. Flight Yakutsk to Batagay (departure at 07:20, arrival at 09:55, distance 670 km, flight time is 1 hr 35 min). Transfer from Batagay Airport to a guest house in Batagay, 5 km. Check-in a guest house (single/twin rooms with bathrooms, shared kitchen). Lunch. Excursion across the town and its outskirts (with the use of a Russian UAZ vehicle). Dinner. Free time. Rest.

Day 2 / Tuesday – DAY TRIP TO VERKHOYANSK. Breakfast at a guest house. 09:00 – 11:00 – Road trip by a Russian UAZ van to Verkhoyansk, 71 km, with stops for photo sessions. 11:00 – 12:00 – Driving around Verkhoyansk. Photo session at remarkable places, including the “Verkhoyansk” sign and the bank of the Yana River. 12:00 – 14:00 – Lunch at cafe. 14:00 – 15:00 – Visit to Museum of History. 15:00 – 16:00 – Driving back to Batagay. 18:00 – Dinner. Free time. Overnight in a guest house in Batagay.

Day 3 / Wednesday – DAY TRIP TO YAKUTIAN HORSE FARM. Breakfast at a guest house. 09:00 – 10:30 – Driving by a Russian UAZ van to Betenkes village, 50 km. With stops en route, especially at the Shaman Tree place with a view from the top of mountain pass. 11:00 – 14:00 – Time in a Yakut traditional village. A chance to drive throughout the settlement on a snowmobile, which is commonly used instead of a car. Lunch at family’s. 13:00 – 17:00 – Trip to the Yakutian horse breeding farm. Distance from Betenkes to the farm is 10 km. Activities with Yakutian horses including rides on horses or sleigh. Yakutian horse is a Siberian breed. Accustomed to live in the conditions of extreme cold weather. 17:00 – 18:00 – Way back to Batagay. 19:00 – Sauna. Farewell Dinner. Free time. Overnight in a guest house in Batagay.

Day 4 / Thursday – BATAGAY TO YAKUTSK. Transfer to Batagay Airport. Flight to Yakutsk (departure at 11:55, arrival at 12:45.) Transfer from Yakutsk Airport to hotel in Yakutsk. Half a day with your guide in Yakutsk, without transport.

Feel free to request the customization of the itinerary.

4-Day Winter Tour Cost

For November 2017 – April 2018

Current rates are given with discount.

For 4 travelers = 99 900 RUB per person.
For 3 travelers = 115 000 RUB per person.
For 2 travelers = 144 000 RUB per person.
For 1 traveler = 232 000 RUB.

Package includes:

– English/German/French/Spanish-speaking guide for 4 days.
– Transfers to/from Yakutsk Airport on Day 1 and Day 4.
– Air tickets Yakutsk – Batagay – Yakutsk.
– Transfers from/to Batagay Airport.
– Russian UAZ van rental with driver in Verkhoyansky District on Day 1, 2, 3.
– Accommodation in Batagay (guest house with twin/dbl room, flat rate).
– Meals in Batagay (5 meals in a guest house), Verkhoyansk (lunch at cafe), Betenkes (lunch at family’s).
– Entry tickets for Verkhoyansk Museum on Day 2.
– Snowmobile use on Day 3.
– Visit to Yakutian horse breeding farm in the area of Betenkes on Day 3.
– Sauna.
– Visa support (Letter of Invitation).

Does NOT include:

– Accommodation, meals, activities in Yakutsk.
– Transfers in Yakutsk, which were not mentioned in the above itinerary.

Required to bring:

– Warm clothes. They are thermo underwears, wooly or thermo sweaters, scarf, Arctic versions of pants and parkas from such brands as The North Face or Canada Goose, hats, boots, gloves. Fur hats and fur boots might be bought in Yakutsk.

Some clothes might be provided for rental at additional cost.

BOOK YOUR TRIP TO VERKHOYANSK

Information by phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 – office.
+7 (924) 765-99-30 – work mobile.

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

We tend to reply immediately or in the course of a day. If we don’t get back to you as quick as you wish, please, don’t worry. We could be busy with urgent requests or current travellers. Don’t hesitate to remind us.

Cold winter travel to Verkhoyansk, Russia, is always good with friends. Share the trip!

Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon

Yakutsk - Oymyakon - Magadan. The World's Coldest Road Trip / Travel.

YAKUTSK – GULAG CAMPS – OYMYAKON – MAGADAN
The World’s Coldest Winter Adventure Road Trip

Let’s experience the greatest fun on the winter road trip from Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place on Earth. In winter 2018-2019, we continue arranging the world’s coldest travel on Siberia’s Kolyma road! Join us!

Trip Duration: 1 preparation & city sightseeing day in Yakutsk + 7 days on the road with activities en route and a day trip to GULAGs + 1 city tour day in Magadan + departure day.
Tour starts in Yakutsk, capital of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia and ends in Magadan. From the cold to the warmth. If you would like, you can travel from Magadan to Yakutsk.

Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – GULAG Camps – Khandyga/Teply Klyuch – Oymyakon – Ust Nera – Susuman – Magadan.
Distance: ~2800 km (with all short rides within villages and turns, the total distance might be longer).

We continue to embark the coldest longest road trips on the Kolyma Road.

ROUTE MAP

Please, note that we’ll have our own pace. Real distance with extra drives and turns is longer. Check km according to our GPS tracks below.

97 PHOTOGRAPHS OF YAKUTSK – MAGADAN ROAD TRIP IN WINTER 2015:

Some pictures of various road trips from Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon.

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

GULAG CAMPS:

One of many GULAG barracks used by Yanstroy inmates to construct the road through Olchan mountain passes on the way to Topolinoe in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

127 PHOTOGRAPHS OF YAKUTSK – MAGADAN ROAD OF BONES WINTER TRAVEL:

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/AskYakutia.com & VisitYakutia.com.
Ajar Varlamov is our German-speaking guide and tour photographer.

VEHICLES WE USE IN WINTERS 2016-2018: