Glacier of Lake Buluus

Glacier of Lake Buluus. 100 km off Yakutsk, Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia

GLACIER OF LAKE BULUUS + KYURYULYUR WATERFALLS.
Day Trip from Yakutsk, Russia

Disclosing and introducing the glacier of Lake Buluus and its nearest unique sites. Feel free to experience a day trip and share it with your friends.

Duration: 12 hours.
Period: June – August, 2017.
Route: Yakutsk – Bestyakh – Glacier of Lake Buluus – Turuuk Khaia Cliff – Kyuryulyur Waterfalls

Dates

Any date at request.

Photos of Buluus Glacier & Kyuryulyur Waterfalls

Glacier of Lake Buluus

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Turuuk Khaya

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Kyuryulyur Waterfalls

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

What to see in this tour

The Lena River. We cross the Lena River from Yakutsk to Nizhny Bestyakh (see on the map) two times by a ferry.
Glacier of Lake Buluus. It’s a huge glacier formed during the wintertime thanks to underground water sources. It never melts. The constant temperature is +4C +6C on the ice in summer. Located ~100 km on the opposite bank of the Lena River from Yakutsk. See on the map
Turuuk Khaia Cliff. With a splendid view on the dense Siberian forest. See on the map.
Kyuryulyur Waterfalls. See photos above and on the map.

Dates

We do a trip on any day upon request.

We do not gather groups for specific dates. All trips are private and done upon request. If you need travel mates to share expenses, please, let us know your wished dates and we’ll publish them on here.

Itinerary

08:00 – Picking up at hotel.
08:00 – 8:20 – Transfer from Yakutsk to a ferry in the area of Darkylakh.
08:40 – 10:00 – Crossing the Lena River by a ferry, 10 km.
10:00 – 11:00 – Transfer from a ferry to Buluus Glacier, 95 km.
11:30 – 14:00 – Free time on the Glacier of Lake Buluus. Time for lunch.
14:00 – 14:30 – Transfer to Turuuk Khaia.
14:30 – 15:00 – Free time on Turuuk Khaya Cliff with a splendid view on the dense Siberian forest (taiga).
15:30 – 16:00 – Transfer to Kyuryulyur Waterfalls, 15 km.
16:00 – 17:30 – Free time at Kyuryulyu Waterfalls.
17:30 – 18:30 – Drive back to the ferry.
18:30 – 20:00 – Crossing the Lena River.
20:00 – 20:30 – Transfer to hotel.

Tour Cost

Rates for June-July 2017

For 4 people = 5700 RUB per person.
For 3 people = 7200 RUB per person.
For 2 people = 10 200 RUB per person.
Individual = 19 500 RUB per person.

If you have a group of bigger size, please, let us know.

Includes:

– transport with driver (Toyota Land Cruiser, Mitsubishi Delica, Suzuki Escudo);
– ferry passes for transport and passengers (round trip);
– entry tickets to the Glacier of Lake Buluus and Kyuryulyur Waterfalls;
– VAT.

Not include:

– meals & drinks;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide (6700 RUB/day).

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Trip participation should be confirmed no later than a week before the start of the tour.
– If a trip is requested a few days before the trip, a journey is not guaranteed, as vehicles might be overbooked.
– To reserve your trip date, it is recommended to pre-pay deposit, which is 17% of total cost per group. Balance payment might be done in cash on the day of the trip.

This tour is often booked with:

Lena Pillars Nature Park Tour, 1-3 Days.

ORDER YOUR TRIP TO BULUUS LAKE GLACIER

By phone:

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

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.

The Lena River, Buluus Lake Glacier, Turuuk Khaia Cliff, and Kyuryulyur Watefalls. Everything for a day trip from Yakutsk. Explore the depth of Russia’s Siberia.

Mirny City Tour

Mirny, Diamond City, in Yakutia, Russia's Siberia. It's ALROSA Headquarters Location.

Mirny, Diamond City, in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. It’s the Russian company ALROSA’s Headquarters is located.

MIRNY CITY TOUR
The Biggest Siberian Diamond Mine, Diamond-Related Sites, Diamond Miners’s Favourite Places.

We decided to conduct Mirny City Tour in the wintertime. Feel free to share this page with your friends and take a chance to explore the diamond capital of Russia’s Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). This is where the Russian biggest diamond mining company “ALROSA” is headquated and this is where the biggest Siberian diamond hole is located.

Mirny Photography

Minry in summer:

Photos by ALROSA.

Mirny in winter:

Winter photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Tour Details

Group size: 1-5 PAX and more.
Duration: 2 days / 1 night.
Type: guided.

Standard Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Mirny & City Tour

– Arrival in Mirny Airport.
– Meeting up at the airport by a guide.
– Transfer from airport to hotel.

Guided City Tour:

– The MIR mine (kimberlite diamond pipe “Peace”) view deck.
– First Truck Drivers Stella with the Mirny city entrance sign.
– The “Vilyuysky Ring” Architectural Memorial Complex with the statue to the reindeer herder who showed the diamond-rich place to Russian geologists.
– Three Swords Square.
– Holy Trinity Orthodox Church with Gymnasium.
– Regional Museum of Diamond Mining History owned by ALROSA.
– Kimberlite Museum.
– Yakutia Live Diamonds Nature Park.

Lunch in the city (not included).
Dinner at hotel or in the city (not included).
Overnight at hotel (not included).

Day 2: City Tour & Departure

– Breakfast at hotel (not included).
– Guided City Sightseeing by a car for 2 hours.
– Back to hotel.
– Check out.
– Transfer to airport.
– Flight out of Mirny.

Cost for Summer 2017:

For 2 travelers = 23 500 RUB* per person.
Individual = 47 000 RUB*.

For a bigger group, please, request the quote.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Ruble (RUB). We accept payment in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer or PayPal.

Package includes:

– meeting up at Mirny Airport by a guide;
– transfers airport to hotel and hotel to airport;
– Mirny City Tour;
– English-speaking guide for 1,5 day;
– hired transport for 1,5 day;
– entry tickets to venues as per the itinerary.

Not include:

– air tickets to/from Mirny;
– accommodation & meals in Mirny.

Please, note that if your arrival from Irkutsk/Novosibirsk to Mirny happens in the evening, we recommend to stay for the second night and dedicate the whole second day to Mirny to see everything according to our venue visit plan.

ORDER YOUR MIRNY CITY TOUR

By phone:

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

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.

Take a chance to visit Mirny, the diamond capital of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia.

Short link: http://bit.ly/mirnyrussia

Yakutsk City Tour

Reconstructed Old Town, Orthodox Church, Eternal Flame Memorial, Green Meadow in Yakutsk, Russia. Photo by Alexey Pavlov.

Reconstructed Old Town, Orthodox Church, Eternal Flame Memorial, Green Meadow in Yakutsk, Russia. Photo by Alexey Pavlov.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN YAKUTSK, RUSSIA.
Yakutsk City Sightseeing Tour All Year Round.

We offer 11-hr or 7-hr Yakutsk city tour. Enough to see major sightseeings and venues. City attractions are listed below.

If you need the full one-day itinerary or more specific spots to visit, let us know.

Yakutsk City Tour Details

Details

Duration of tours: 10:00 – 21:00 or 14:00 – 21:00.
Meet up & end location: your hotel or place of your stay.
Language(s): English (fluent), German (fluent), French (fluent), Japanese (conversational), Korean (conversational), Chinese (conversational).

Group size might be different:
– 1-2 people;
– 1-4 people;
– 5-8 people;
– and bigger.

Please, note that we don’t gather groups for a city tour. We work upon request.

Standard City Tour Itineraries

11-hr City Tour (10:00 – 21:00):

9:35 – Meeting up at hotel. All transfers by car since this moment.
10:00 – 11:00 – Visit to Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).
11:00 – 12:00 – Walk across Old Town with the 19th century recreated buildings, souvenirs & jewelry shops, and the Russian Orthodox Church.
12:00 – 13:45 – Lunch at the “Makhtal” restaurant, the winner of 2016 Yakutsk Food Festival (not included).
14:00 – 15:30 – Visit to Mammoth Museum of North-Eastern Federal University. With a lecture by a poleontolog.
16:00 – 17:00 – Visit to the Underground Lab of Permafrost Institute. With lecture by a scientist.
17:30 – 18:15 – Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” Ice Tunnel Complex.
18:15 – 19:00 – Walking up to the top of the Chochur Muran hill with view deck.
19:00 – Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex. W/ a chance to taste traditional meals of Northern peoples (not included).
21:00 – Transfer to hotel.

Prices for Summer 2017:

2 travellers = 12 500 RUB per person.
Individual = 22 500 RUB.

Feel free to customize your itinerary and the list of services.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept payment in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer or PayPal.

Includes:

– vehicle with a driver;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking private guide;
– attraction entry tickets.

Does NOT include:

– meals.

7-hr City Tour (14:00 – 21:00):

14:00 – Meeting up at hotel. All transfers by car since this moment.
14:30 – 16:00 – Visit to Mammoth Museum of North-Eastern Federal University. With a lecture by a poleontolog.
16:30 – 17:30 – Visit to the Undgerground Lab of Permafrost Institute. With lecture by a scientist.
18:00 – 18:45 – Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” Ice Tunnel Complex.
19:00 – Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex (not included).
21:00 – Transfer to hotel.

Prices for Summer 2017:

2 travellers = 10 000 RUB per person.
Individual = 18 100 RUB.

Feel free to customize your itinerary and the list of services.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept payment in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer or PayPal.

Includes:

– vehicle with a driver;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking private guide;
– attraction entry tickets.

Does NOT include:

– meals.

About Yakutsk, Russia

Pyotr Beketov Memorial in Yakutsk, Russia. Yakutsk was founded by Russian Cossack Pyotr Beketov in 1632. City Tour.

Pyotr Beketov Memorial in Yakutsk, Russia. Yakutsk was founded by Russian Cossack Pyotr Beketov in 1632. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk is one of the oldest towns in Russian Siberia. It was established by Cossacks in 1632 and served as the starting point of all major Far Eastern and Arctic exploration expeditions.

Nowadays, it is the capital of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The current population is approximately 300 000 people unofficially.

Yakutsk Video

Attractions in Yakutsk, Russia

Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia)

Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) in Yakutsk, Russia. Photo by Ivan Dementievskiy.

Photographs by Ivan Dementievskiy.

Russia’s Sakha Republic (Yakutia) is immodestly rich in minerals. Diamonds, gold, silver, platinum, gems, semiprecious metals. Yakutia is also famous for talented jewelers. Good news is that you might see all the rich of the region and priceless jewelry at one place.

Yakutsk-based Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) consists of three rooms. One is dedicated to diamonds, gold and gems. The second is full of exclusive showpieces. You might see, for instance, the item covered with 200 one-carat diamonds and some of the biggest diamonds ever discovered in the region. The third is about Sakha people’s culture and the history of the mining industry.

All visitors are guided by a museum expert who provides stories and unique history facts.

Mammoth Museum

Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, Russia. City Tour.

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutia is rich not only in minerals. Its land keeps the remains of all major species lived in Ice Age. Yakutsk-based Mammoth Museum provides a chance to see the world’s most diverse collection of unique exhibits. Ancient mammoth, ancient bisons, ancient woolly rhino, ancient horse and dog.

Museum experts are paleontologists themselves. They share the knowledge of mammoth study, and they also tell stories of their recent scientific expeditions and show clips of the 3D film. Our guide will translate everything told in Russian into your language.

For instance, it was Mammoth Museum that discovered the already-famous bleeding Big Lyakovsky mammoth in the Arctic of Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

During the extraction of the mammoth on Big Lyakhovsky Island, mammoth museum director, Semen Grigoriev, discovered that the Ice Age animal contained blood. Later, the red liquid was proved to have blood remains. Now North-Eastern Federal University (Mammoth Museum is a part of the insititute) cooperates with South-Korean genetic engineers to clone a real mammoth in the near future.

This and other stories you might listen to during your visit.

Yakutsk Permafrost Institute Underground Lab

Yakutsk Permafrost Institute Underground Laboratory

Mobile photographs: Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk-based Permafrost Institute is world famous. It’s one of leading scientific insitutions that study permafrost (frozen soil). Some says, it’s the first one. Unique, as it stands itself on the thick Siberian frozen ground. And it has its own undeground laboratory, where the constant air temperature on its lowest level is -10C all the year around.

Visit to the permafrost institute gives you suffecient answers to questions, “How come the city can stand and develop for centuries on the ground that might be actually affected by the melting process?” and “How can the global “warming” change the structure of permafrost?”, and “Is it possible to drill down to the underground source of drinking water?”, and “Why do mordern town buildings stand on concrete piles?” and etc, etc.

Lecture given by a local scientist provides insight and ancient frozen soil layers demonstrate clearly what we have under feet.

The Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel inside Chochur Muran Hill

In the above video, Yakutsk mayor Aisen Nikolaev did the Ice Bucket Challenge inside the Kingdom of Permafrost. Please, don’t repeat it.

Photographs: Ivan Dementievskiy (Yukagir mammoth head), Bolot Bochkarev (all others).

The Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel is the 3rd place to visit during city tour in Yakutsk, Russia. The great thing of that place is that it looks the same as in depicted pictures all the year round.

The constant average temperature inside the tunnel is -8C. When it is +40C outdoor, it’s minus degrees indoor. When it’s -50C, the ice tunnel is felt even warmer. It’s not abnormal fact about the tunnel. That’s all because of permafrost (cryotic soil at or below the freezing point of water).

Apart from huge snowflake-like ice crystals on walls and ceiling, you might see the real head of the mammoth found in the area of Yukagir River in the Arctic (see a photo). It doesn’t need a fridge as a shelter, the head is kept in natural cold condition but, of course, behind the glass door.

For the Kingdom of Permafrost, the best sculptors made fairy-tale characters out of the Lena River ice cubes. Some are dedicated to the “Olonkho” heroic epos that was included in the list of UNESCO’s intangible masterpieces.

Actually, you can try many interesting things inside the venue. Just be ready to experience the cold.

Yakutsk Observation Deck / Viewpoint

Yakutsk Mayor and kids on the observation deck (viewpoint) opening ceremony on the day of the 382th Yakutsk Anniversary, Sept 14, 2014. Photo by Yakutsk City Hall.

Top Photograph by Yakutsk City Hall: Yakutsk Mayor and kids on the observation deck (viewpoint) during its opening ceremony on the day of the 382th Yakutsk Anniversary, Sept 14, 2014.

Mobile photographs: Bolot Bochkarev.

Take your chance to see Yakutsk from the highest point located on the hill of Chochur Muran.

Dinner at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant

Restaurant at Chochur Muran Ethno Complex in Yakutsk, Russia

In the evening, we offer you to taste the Russian and Yakutian cuisine at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex. A really nice place with delicious national meals.

Average reciept is 1500-1800 RUB per person.
Credit/debit cards are accepted.

Additionally

Feel free to ask us to arrange your visit to more sites of Yakutsk.

Consider the following:

  • National Arts Museum, especially its Contemporary Arts section.
  • International Museum of Khomus Music. The biggest vargan musical instrument is located here.
  • Yakutsk Historical and Cultural Museum of the Northern Peoples. Learn more about history of the Sakha Republic.
  • Underground Laboratory of the Institute of Cryogenics (in short, Permafrost Institute).

ORDER YOUR CITY TOUR

By phone:

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

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 during 2-3 days, please, don’t worry. We could be busy with urgent requests or current travellers. Don’t hesitate to remind about your request.

Yakutsk City Tour is a good chance to see the major attractions of the coldest city on Earth in the course of one day.

Lena Pillars Nature Park Tours

Tours to Lena Pillars Nature Park on the Lena River in Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo: Bolot Bochkarev/VisitYakutia.com

LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK (RUSSIA).
All tours from Yakutsk to UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Duration: 1, 2 or 3 days.
In Summer 2016 trips to Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russia) might be done on the Lena River directly from Yakutsk or via villages of Bulgunnyakhtah and Elanka.

As you already know, Lena Pillars Nature Park is listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage site. Located on the Eastern bank of the Lena River 180 km south off Yakutsk, capital of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia & Far East.

Five options for the Lena Pillars tour:

  • 3-day cruise on the “Demian Bednyj” ship.
  • Day trip directly from Yakutsk River Port by a speed boat. Any date at request.
  • Day trip via Bulgunnyakhtakh (110 km south off Yakutsk, and 80 km on the Lena River to Lena Pillars Nature Park) by car and motor boat.
  • 1- or 2-day trip via Elanka village (155 km south off Yakutsk, and 45 km along the river to Lena Pillars Nature Park) by car and motor boat. With overnight in a guest house in the village of Elanka, if 2-day option is chosen.

LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHS

Lena Pillars Travel Photographs

Lena Pillars Nature Park in Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia. Travel photographs by Ajar Varlamov

Lena Pillars photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/YakutiaPhoto.com.

Lena Pillars Video by EPOS Foundation

Lena Pillars Travel Options:

Below we offer options for your travel from Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russia) on the Lena River.

3-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars River Cruise [Demian Bednyj Ship]

Demian Bednyj river cruise ship. Lena River. Lena Pillars Nature Park. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev

Demian Bednyj ship cruise photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

The “Demian Ship” ship (see the above photo) conducts Lena River cruises from Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The river cruise ship sails directly to Lena Pillars and stop additional stop on the island in front of stone forest.

Period: June – September 2017.
Ship capacity: 210 passengers.
Cruise duration: 36 hrs (every Monday – Wednesday and Wednesday – Friday) and 46 hrs (Friday – Sunday mostly). Difference is that 46-hr Lena Pillars cruise lasts 2 full days and 2 nights, and the 36-hr one with 1 full day and 2 nights.

36-hr Lena Pillars Cruise (3 days/2 nights)

Check-in onboard at 19:00. Depature at 20:00. Arrival on the third day at 08:00.

Dates of Cruise Start:
June: 2, 5, 9, 11, 13, 19, 21, 26, 28.
July: 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31.
August: 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23.

Lena Pillars Cruise Package Cost:

Standard Twin (2 PAX) = 31 500 RUB
Deluxe (1 PAX) = 30 800 RUB.
Deluxe (2 PAX) = 33 900 RUB.
Luxe (1 PAX) = 46 000 RUB.
Luxe (2 PAX) = 49 000 RUB.

Package includes:
– cabin and entertainment program onboard;
– meals (2 dinners, 1 brekafast, 1 lunch);
– cabin booking service;
– transfers to/from Yakutsk River Port;
– VAT.

46-hr Lena Pillars Cruise (3 days/2 nights)

Check-in onboard at 19:00. Depature at 20:00. Arrival on the third day at 18:00.

Dates of Cruise Start:
June: 16, 23, 30.
July: 7, 14, 21, 28.
August: 18, 25.
September: 1, 8, 15, 22.

Lena Pillars Cruise Package Cost:

Standard Twin (2 PAX) = 41 600 RUB.
Deluxe (1 PAX) = 40 500 RUB.
Deluxe (2 PAX) = 45 100 RUB.
Luxe (1 PAX) = 60 300 RUB.
Luxe (2 PAX) = 64 900 RUB.

Package includes:
– cabin and entertainment program onboard;
– meals (2 dinners, 2 brekafasts, 2 lunches);
– cabin booking service;
– transfers to/from Yakutsk River Port;
– VAT.

Yakutsk River Port – Lena Pillars.
Day Trip by Speed Boat

1-day river cruise tour Yakutsk to Lena Pillars by the speed boat North Silver Pro 745 Cabin or Lazurny 35
North Silver Pro 745 on the left. Lazurny 35 on the right.

Period: June-August 2017.
Duration: ~ 12 hr 00 min.
Group Size: 1-15 people.
Speed boats: Volzhanka Long Cabin (10-12 seats), and Lazurny 35 (15 seats).
Tour starts and ends at Yakutsk River Port.

Good for the group to experience the long-distance journey on the Lena River and travel streight from Yakutsk River Port to Lena Pillars Nature Park by a speed boat.

Round-trip distance is ~400 km.

Dates for Summer 2017:

Group trips are usually possible from late June to the end of July. It’s time of high demand.

A private trip is done on any day upon request.

Standard Itinerary:

7:30 – Meeting at Yakutsk river port.
8:00 – Start of the Lena River cruise tour by North Silver Pro 745 Cabin/Lazurny 35;
12:00 – Arrival at Lena Pillars Nature Park;
12:15 – 14:00 – Free time in Lena Pillars Nature Park. Ascending on the top of Pillars. Lunch.
14:00 – 15:00 – Transfer from the park to the Buotama River estuary.
15:00 – 16:00 – Visit to the Wooden Bison breeding farm;
17.00 – 20:00 – Transfer back to Yakutsk river boat.

Rates for group trips

For group trips = 10 000 RUB per person (passenger seat + entry ticket).

Rates for private trips

By Volzhanka Long Cabin speed boat (12 seats) = 120 000 RUB (transport rental only).
By Volzhanka Long Cabin speed boat (12 seats) = 149 000 RUB – 160 000 RUB (full package).
By Lazurny 35 speed boat (15 seats) = 150 000 RUB (transport rental only).
By Lazurny 35 speed boat (15 seats) = 182 000 RUB – 196 000 RUB (full package).

Final cost of a private trip depends on the quantity of travelers. Please, check it with us.

Full package includes:
– transfers from hotel to Yakutsk River Port and from the river port to hotel;
– hired speed boat for 12-hr river journey en route Yakutsk River Port – Lena Pillars – Yakutsk River Port;
– English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
– excursion program;
– Lena Pillars National Park’s entry tickets;
– meals and drinking water for a day;
– travel arrangement expenses;
– VAT.

Yakutsk – BULGUNNYAKHTAKH – Lena Pillars
1-2 Days [by car & motor boat]

Tour to Lena Pillars Nature Park from Bulgunnyakhtakh by boat. Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Bulgunnyakhtakh is the village located on the Western bank of the Lena River almost in the middle of the way between Yakutsk and Lena Pillars Nature Park (the Eastern bank).

Period: June – September 2016.
Duration: a day trip
Group size: 1-3 people (each group).

Travel via Bulgunnyakhtakh is good, if you wish to experience:

  • the combined type of trip – overland and river;
  • feel comfortable during car ride on the asphalt road (after Bulgunnyakhtah, there is dirt road);
  • enjoy 80-km river journey with multiple stops for breaks, grots & ancient rock paintings viewing, Lena Pillars and Siberian sand dunes climbing, swimming, fishing;

Distances to travel:

  • 110 km from Yakutsk to Bulgunnyakhtakh overland by vehicle;
  • 80 km from Bulgunnyakhtakh to Lena Pillars Nature Park along the Lena River by a motor boat.
1-Day Trip via Bulgunnyakhtakh:

Route: Yakutsk – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Lena Pillars on the Lena River – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Yakutsk.

Itinerary

08:00 – 10:30 – Pick up at hotel in Yakutsk. Transfer to Bulgunnyakhtakh by vehicle. 110 km to drive.
11:00 – Start of the Lena River journey by a motor boat from Bulgunnyakhtah to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

8-hr Lena River journey program:

– Boating the Bulgunnyakhtakh channel of the Lena River.
– Stop at Elanka village for coffee & tea brunch.
– Boating along the stretch of the Stone Pillars after Elanka.
– Stops for viewing caves (grots) and ancient rock paintings.
– Arrival at Lena Pillars Nature Park.
– Free time in Lena Pillars Nature. 3 hours is pretty enough for ascending Lena Pillars and walking along the rocky bank.
– Stop at Tukulany Dunes.
– Mouth of the Buotama River.
– Back to Bulgunnyakhtakh.

20:00 – 22:00 – Transfer back to Yakutsk.

1-Day Guided Trip:

For a group of 3 people = 17 000 RUB per person.
For a group of 2 people = 24 500 RUB per person.
Individual = 46 500 RUB.

Package includes:

– transfer by vehicle en route Yakutsk – Bulgunnyakhtah – Yakutsk;
– transfer by motor boat en route Bulgunnyakhtah – Elanka Rocks – Lena Pillars – Tukulany Dunes – Bulgunnyakhtah;
– excursion as per the above itinerary;
– Lena Pillars National Park’s entry ticket/s;
– English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
– meals (packed) and drinking water at Lena Pillars Nature Park.

Yakutsk – ELANKA – Lena Pillars
1-2 Days [by car & motor boat]

Elanka photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/YakutiaPhoto.com.

Elanka to Lena Pillars travel photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Above photographs were taken during the trip from Elanka village to Lena Pillars Nature Park on July 31st, 2013. Even if the Lena River journey took on a rainy, cloudy day, the stone forest looked majestically and mystery (thanks to its ancient history and rock paintings). This is what you’ll see on the last 40-km stretch of your boat/ship trip.

Elanka is the village located on the Western bank of the Lena River. 155 km south off Yakutsk and 35 km to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

Two centuries ago, it was used as the postal base and served by a few families only. Currently, one family lives in there constantly. Lately, Yakutsk city residents built summer houses to spend holidays.

Period: June – September 2017.
Duration: 12-14 hrs.
Group size: 1-4 people.

Travel via Elanka is good, if you wish to:

  • experience overland and river journeys during 2 days;
  • feel adventerous the off-road excitement on the 45-km part Bulgunnyakhtah – Elanka;
  • enjoy the most pictureous stretch on the water way to Lena Pillars Nature Park; it takes 1-hr boating, if not make stops, but you will have stops to view caves and ancient rock paintings;
  • spend night in the new private wooden guest house for 4 people.

Route: Yakutsk – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Elanka – Lena Pillars on the Lena River – Elanka (overnight) – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Yakutsk.

Distances to travel:

  • 155 km from Yakutsk to Elanka overland by vehicle;
  • 40 km from Elanka to Lena Pillars Nature Park along the Lena River by a motor boat.
1-Day Trip via Elanka:

Dates:

Private trip on any day upon request.

Group trips on:

  • 15 Jul 2017 – requested by 1 traveler;
  • 28 Jul 2017 – requested by 1 traveler
  • 30 Aug 2017 – requested by 1 traveler
  • 31 Aug 2017 – requested by 2 travelers

We do trips upon request. We do not gather groups purposefully for specific dates. But if anyone asks to find travel mates, we publish his/her wished dates on the website. If listed dates are history, please, check with a manager for updated dates.

Itinerary:

09:00 – Pick up at hotel in Yakutsk.
09:00 – 12:00 – Transfer to Elanka by vehicle. 155 km to drive.
12:00 – 18:00 – Journey on the Lena River from Elanka to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

River journey program:
– Boating along the stretch of the Stone Pillars after Elanka.
– Stops for viewing caves (grots) and ancient rock paintings.
– Arrival at Lena Pillars Nature Park.
– Free time in Lena Pillars Nature. 3 hours is pretty enough for ascending Lena Pillars, walking along the rocky bank and lunch.
– Transfer back to Elanka.

18:00 – 21:30 – Transfer back to Yakutsk.

Guided Day Trip:

For a group of 4 people = 12 500 RUB per person.
For a group of 3 people = 16 000 RUB per person.
For a group of 2 people = 23 500 RUB per person.
Individual = 44 500 RUB.

Full package includes:

– transfer by vehicle en route Yakutsk – Elanka – Yakutsk (we use Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota Land Cruiser 105, off-road minivan Mitsubishi Delica);
– transfer by motor boat en route Elanka – Lena Pillars – Elanka (we use Rusboat 47);
– excursion program during the river journey;
– Lena Pillars National Park’s entry ticket/s;
– English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
– meals and drinking water for a day;
– travel arrangement expenses & fee;
– VAT.

2-Day Trip via Elanka:

Dates

Two-day private trips are done on any available days.

Itinerary

Day 1: Yakutsk – Tabaga Cape – Elanka

Pick up at hotel at 09:00.

This day we do stops at:
– Tabaga Cape to overview the Lena River, 35 km south off Yakutsk;
– Place of the Sakha people’s “Ysyakh” national holiday celebration;
– Orto Doydu Zoo (with animals of Siberian wildlife);
– Lunch at roadside café in Pokrovsk town;
– Bulgunnyakhtakh with 2-hr river journey to Tukulany (high sand dunes over forest and the Lena River);
– Mouth of the Buotama River to check with wooden bison, if they are not hidden deep in the forest;

Arrival in Elanka in the evening.
Accommodation in a village wooden house.
Dinner (prepared by our guide).
Free time.

Day 2: Elanka – Lena Pillars Nature Park – Elanka – Yakutsk.

– Breakfast (prepared by a guide).
– Boat river journey from Elanka to Lena Pillars.
– Stops at Elanka Rocks to view ancient rock paintings and caves.
– Free time at Lena Pillars Nature Park including ascending to the view point on the top (for fit people, 2-km trail).
– Lunch (packed) on the territory of Lena Pillars Nature Park.
– Transfer back to Elanka by boat.
– Transfer back to Yakutsk by car.
– Arrival in Yakutsk approx. at 20:00.

Feel free to customize 2-day trip.

NOTES:

A guest house in Elanka is an ordinary village-type wooden house with 2 small twin bedrooms, shared room with kitchen and its all necessary accessories.

A motor boat is Rusboat 47. It’s for 7 passengers + 1 driver, but we prefer to have maximum 5 people on it for more space.

Vehicles we use are Toyota Land Cruiser 105, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or off-road minivan Mitsubishi Delica.

2-Day Guided Trip Cost:

For 4 people = 22 000 RUB per person.
For 3 people = 28 500 RUB per person.
For 2 people = 41 000 RUB per person
Individual = 79 000 RUB per person.

Cost includes:

– English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
– transfer by vehicle en route Yakutsk – Elanka – Yakutsk;
– short river journey to the sand dunes of Tukulany in the area of Bulgunnyakhtakh;
– long river journey en route Elanka – Lena Pillars – Elanka with excursion to cave and rock paintings;
– Lena Pillars National Park’s entry ticket/s;
– overnight in a private wooden house in Elanka;
– meals & drinking water for 2 days.

ORDER YOUR TRIP TO LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK

By phone:

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

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.

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Yakutsk to Tiksi Cruise

Yakutsk - Tiksi Cruise on the Lena River by the Michael Svetlov ship in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Summer 2015.

YAKUTSK – TIKSI CRUISE ON THE LENA RIVER IN SUMMER 2017.
14 days by the “Michael Svetlov” river cruise ship in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

We made the early booking possible for the longest Siberian cruise on the Lena River from Yakutsk to Tiksi, deep into the Arctic Circle, and back in Summer 2017. Dates and prices have been published. Reserve your cabin as earlier as possible, as the quantity of available cabins are limited.

Route: Yakutsk – Lena Pillars Nature Park – Neelova (Tiksi) – Yakutsk.
Ship: Mikhail Svetlov.
Duration: 14 days.

During the Yakutsk – Tiksi cruise, you’ll enjoy the mighty Lena River, diverse nature, breath-taking landscapes (taiga, tundra forest & tundra) and the culture of Northern peoples.

Please, learn the major cruise info below.

Yakutsk – Tiksi Lena River Cruise Photos:
Mikael Svetlov Cabin Photos:

The last image in the above gallery is the Michael Svetlov ship scheme. Each cabin category has its own colour.

Yakutsk – Tiksi Lena River Cruise Video:

2017 Tiksi Cruises Itinerary:

Download the PDF file with the itinerary via WeTransfer

Cruise Dates for 2017:
  • 8 July – 21 July 2017
  • 24 July – 6 August 2017
  • 7 August – 20 August 2017
  • 21 August – 3 September 2017
Cruise Prices for Summer-Autumn 2017:

Four-bed standard cabin:

Four standard beds. Air condition is available, but doesn’t work, when ship engine is off. WC in the cabin.

  • 292 500 RUB/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
  • 313 600 RUB/cabin if 3 people in the cabin
  • 339 200 RUB/cabin if 4 people in the cabin

18 such cabins on the Lena River cruise ship.

Twin & triple standard cabin:

Three standard beds (one of them is upper). Air condition is available, but doesn’t work, when ship engine is off. WC in the cabin.

  • 204 800 RUB/cabin if 1 person in the cabin
  • 288 000 RUB/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
  • 300 800 RUB/cabin if 3 people in the cabin

31 cabins.

One-bed (single) cabin with an additional bed:

One standard bed plus one upper. Air condition is available, but doesn’t work, when ship engine is off. WC in the cabin.

  • 166 400 RUB/cabin, if single
  • 230 400 RUB/cabin, if 2 people in the cabin

6 such cabins are available.

De Luxe (DBL):

One room. TV set, additional air condition (works during stops), mini refrigerator. WC in the cabin.

  • 224 000 RUB/cabin, if single
  • 320 000 RUB/cabin, if two people in the cabin

8 cabins are available.

Luxe Suite:

Two rooms, 1 queen sized bed. TV set, additional air condition (works during stops), mini refrigerator. WC in the cabin.

  • 422 400 RUB/cabin, if single or couple in the cabin

3 cabins are available.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Cabins are sold as the whole. By cabins.
  • As not much time left, full pre-payment is required.
  • Participation in the 14-day cruise without state border entry permit is possibe, if travelers agree to not visit Tiksi for town excursion and stay on board.
  • Cruise to Tiksi (one way) costs 60% of the above listed rates. Four-bed cabins are available for one-way journey only. Important! Please, note that you will need to get an extra state border entry permit for Tiksi and our travel agency’s guide will need to fly from Yakutsk to Tiksi to meet you and be with you for the whole period of your being in Tiksi and be responsible for you to FSB’s State Border Service.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • cabin cost;
  • meals during the cruise;
  • entertainment en route;
  • group bus transfers (one transfer from airport/hotel to the ship and one transfer from the ship to airport/hotel);
  • state border entry permit.
How to book the Yakutsk – Tiksi cruise
  • Write us. Say which dates, cabin and how many travelers. Provide your full name as well.
  • We check the availability of the wished cabin on the desired dates. If it is free, we hold it immediately for you for 1.5 week, enough to complete the pre-payment process. If not available, we let you know about other options.
  • Once you agree with booked dates, we send you an invoice for the pre-payment of deposit or full amount. For the invoice, we need to have a copy of your valid passport, postal address used for billing, contact phone number and email address.
  • Payment might be done in EUR and USD by a bank transfer. Please, verify the final rate in the chosen currency with us. Above-listed prices in EUR have been set up at the currency conversion rate of 71 RUB per 1 EUR.
  • Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by a bank transfer as well.
  • Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by PayPal. Please, note that PayPal surcharges for international transaction and currency conversion, and its fee very from 3.4% up to 5.4% + 10 RUB. Also VAT 6% should be paid additionally
  • When payment is completed and the cruise voucher is issued, we start working on your Arctic state border permit and an invitation for a Russian tourist visa at no cost. Please, note that the Russian Consulate issues a tourist visa, when the tour is fully paid.

That’s it.

Other Lena River Cruises
  • Irkutsk City Tour + Tour to Lake Baikal + Ust Kut to Yakutsk Cruise (June 2017);
  • Yakutsk – Olekminsk – Lensk – Lenskie Sheki Pillars – Yakutsk Cruise (September 2017)
Additional services you might order:
  • individual transfers airport to hotel and hotel to airport in Yakutsk;
  • individual transfers to/from the cruise ship in Yakutsk;
  • individual Yakutsk city tour with a guide and a hired vehicle;
  • your personal guide in Yakutsk (our guides can speak English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese & Japanese).

Book Yakutsk – Tiksi Lena River Cruise

As the Tiksi cruise is highly demanded, please, check the availability of cabins in advance.

SEND AN INQUIRY

By phone:

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

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.

You are keen to do the Yakutsk – Tiksi cruise on the biggest Siberian river in Summer 2017?! Let your friends know about it.