Yakutsk – Lenskie Sheki Southern Lena River Cruise

Lenskie Sheki aka Lena River Cheeks on the Lena River in Irkutsk Oblast, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Alexey Zuev.

YAKUTSK – LENSKIE SHEKI CRUISE ON THE LENA RIVER IN 2018.
12 days by the “Demian Bednyj” river cruise ship in Southern Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

We are disclosing the cruise which became extremely popular among Russian travelers last years. It takes place once a year in the early September from Yakutsk to the source of the Lena River through the southern part of Republic Sakha-Yakutia and partly Irkutsk Oblast.

Southern Lena River Cruise is remarkable for Siberian forest wilderness, authentic villages, important river ports, history-rich areas, and definitely for the final destination, which is Lenskie Sheki, three long huge stone walls along the narrowest part of the river.

Lenskie Sheki stands for Lena River Cheeks in Russian.

Dates:

03 – 14 September 2018.

Highlights:

– Sottintsy Architecture & Culture Outdoor Museum.
– Lena Pillars Nature Park.
– Lensk, the biggest river port in the Southern part of the Lena River.
– Bus excursion to Mirny, the capital of Russian diamond industry.
– Vitim town and the mouth of the Vitim River.
– Lenskie Sheki, nature monument in the narrowest river part.
– Olekminsk, town founded as a postal delivery post in 1635.
– The Buotama River with Canadian wood bison breeding pasture.
– Stops at picturesque places.
– Many lectures from Yakutian scientists and experts.

Cruise Photographs: the Lena River between Yakutsk and Lenskie Sheki

Cruise Yakutsk to Lenskie Sheki on the Lena River. Through South Yakutia to Irkutsk Oblast. Siberia, Russia. Photo by Alexey Zuev.

Please, read captions to identify places.

Photo credits: Alexey Zuev.

Cruise Photographs: Lena Pillars Nature Park

Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Cruise Photographs: Buotama River & Wooden Bison

Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Cabin Photographs:

Please, read captions to identify cabin categories.

Cruise Spreadsheet (PDF)

2018 Southern Lena River Cruise – Details, itinerary, rates, ship scheme in English.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – YAKUTSK – SOTTINTSY. Group transfer airport to the ship. 05:30 – 12:00 – Check-in on-board. 12:30 – Departure from Yakutsk River Port. Lunch. Stop for visit to the Friendship Outdoor Architecture & Culture Museum. Transfer from the ship to the museum is done by buses and minivans. Free time on a bank of the Lena River.

DAY 2 – LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK. Greeting traditional ritual on a bank. Ascending to the observation deck on Lena Pillars. Free time on the bank.

DAY 3 – NON-STOP. Activities and lectures on-board.

DAY 4 – DAPPARAI. Stop at a picturesque place close to the village of Kyllakh, which was reconstructed completely after the devastating flood ten years ago. Folk concert. Free time on the river bank.

DAY 5 – MOUTH OF THE URA RIVER. Stop at the bank near the mouth of the mountain river called Ura (Hooray), that is remarkable for loud fast waters, fish rich and two splendid rocks Kolokol (Bell) and Kamennaya (Stony). The Ura is located right in the middle between the source and mouth of the Lena River. Free time on the bank. Fishing.

DAY 6 – LENSK – MIRNY – LENSK. Stop at Lensk town. Bus excursion from Lensk to Mirny (at additional cost). Lensk is the river port town which is actively used for delivering all major provision and cargo to Mirny, the city of ALROSA’s diamond mining. Excursion participants will try to visit all major places of the Russian diamond capital. They are the MIR mine (kimberlite diamond pipe “Peace”) view deck, the First Truck Drivers Stella with the Mirny city entrance sign, the “Vilyuysky Ring” Architectural Memorial Complex (statue to the reindeer herder who showed the diamond-rich place to Russian geologists), Three Swords Square, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, ALROSA’s Museum of Diamond Mining History, Kimberlite Museum.

DAY 7 – VITIM TOWN. Walking excursion across the town. Visit to Museum of History at a local lyceum. Vitim is the town with 4500 people. Founded in front of the mouth of the Vitim River as the base for gold miners heading to the gold deposit discovered in 1863. Currently, it’s populated mostly by the workers of the Talakan oil & natural gas industry.

DAY 8 – LENSKIE SHEKI. Free time at Lenskie Sheki, 172 south off the Vitim River. These are three huge long stone walls 200 m toll. Located in the narrowest pass of the Lena River, where width is close to 200 m.

DAY 9 – LENSK. Town sightseeing by walk. With visit to Saint Innokenty Orthodox Temple. Lensk is the fifth largest town in Republic Sakha-Yakutia. Population is 25000 people. Initially, it was founded in the 18th century as a postal delivery stop between Irkutsk and Yakutsk. Now it’s the river gate to the diamond industry.

DAY 10 – OLEKMINSK. Bus excursion across the town. With observation of authentic buildings constructed by Russian old believers, who were exiled two centuries ago. Current population is about 9500 people.

DAY 11 – BUOTAMA RIVER. Visit to Canadian wood bison breeding territory. Led and lectured by a farm worker.

DAY 12 – YAKUTSK. 05:00 – Arrival back to Yakutsk River Port. Breakfast. Group transfer to airport / hotels.

Cruise Prices for 2018

Four-Bed Standard Cabin:

Four standard beds. Common air condition is available. WC in the cabin. 18 such cabins on the ship.

217 800 RUB/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
247 500 RUB/cabin if 3 people in the cabin
277 200 RUB/cabin if 4 people in the cabin

Twin Standard Cabin & Triple-Bed Standard Cabin

Three standard beds (one of them is upper). Common air condition is available. WC in the cabin. 31 cabins on the ship.

158 400 RUB/cabin if 1 person in the cabin
217 800 RUB/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
240 900 RUB/cabin if 3 people in the cabin

Single Standard Cabin with Additional Upper Bed

One standard bed plus one hidden in the wall. Common air condition is available. WC in the cabin. 6 such cabins on the ship.

132 000 RUB/cabin, if single
178 200 RUB/cabin, if 2 people in the cabin

De Luxe (DBL)

One room. TV set, personal air condition, mini refrigerator. WC in the cabin. 8 cabins on the ship.

171 600 RUB/cabin, if single
244 200 RUB/cabin, if a couple in the cabin

Luxe Suite (DBL)

Two rooms, 1 queen sized bed. TV set, personal AC in each room, mini refrigerator. WC in the cabin. 3 cabins on the ship.

314 160 RUB/cabin, if single or couple in the cabin

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • cabin;
  • meals during the cruise;
  • entertainment during the cruise;
  • day group tour Lensk to Mirny;
  • group bus transfers (one transfer from airport to hotel/ship and one transfer from the ship to airport/hotel);
  • visa invitation (Letter of Invitation).

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Cabins are sold as the whole. By cabins.
  • If booking is done till March 2018 and full pre-payment is completed within 1.5-week since the date of invoice issue, 12% discount is granted.
  • If booking is done in Spring-Summer 2018, full pre-payment is required.
How to book the Yakutsk – Lenskie Sheki Cruise
  • Write us. Indicate the category of the wished cabin and the quantity of travelers. Provide your full name as well.
  • We check the availability of the requested cabin. If it is free, we hold it immediately for you for 2 weeks, enough to complete the pre-payment process.
  • 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 RUB/EUR/USD/GBP/CNY by a bank transfer.
  • 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 the issue of an invitation for you to apply 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.

Additional Services & Tours to Order:
  • additional transfers hotel to ship & hotel to airport in Yakutsk;
  • accommodation in Yakutsk;
  • Yakutsk Guided City Tour;
  • day trip Yakutsk to the Glacier of Lake Buluus and Kyuryulyur Waterfalls;
  • 5-day road trip Yakutsk to Oymyakon;
  • 7-day road trip Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon;
  • 8-day tour to Verkhoyansk and Sacred Stones.

Book Yakutsk – Southern Lena River Cruise

As the best cabins are highly demanded, please, check their availability 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 – Lenskie Sheki cruise on the biggest Siberian river in 2018?! Let your friends know about it.

Verkhoyansk & Kisilyakh

Verkhoyansky Kisilyakh Stone Pillars. Northern Siberian Shambala

KISILYAKH, SIBERIAN STONE PEOPLE
Trip to Northern Shambala in Verkhoyansky District

We’re disclosing a new old destination, which is popular among Yakutian and Russian travelers, but still remains unknown to international visitors. Next summer we arrange group trips to the Sacred Stones of Verkhoyansky District. Located in the North-Eastern part of the Sakha Republic of (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia.

Group size: 5 and more people.
Tour duration: 8 days / 7 nights.
Season: July – September 2018.

Tour type: guided.
Activities: road trip, boating, hiking, fishing, sauna.
Difficulty level: medium, hiking experience is helpful.
Tour starts and ends in Yakutsk.

Route: Yakutsk – Batagay – the Tuostakh River – Kisilyakh – the Tuostakh River – Batagay – Verkhoyansk – Batagay.
Logistics: flight Yakutsk to Batagay (round), road trip Batagay to Betenkes village, river journey by boats to the summer camp site with guest houses at the Toustakh River, trip by boat and hiking to Kisilyakh site with a guest house.

Highlights:
  • Batagay (wiki, map), administrative center of Verkhoyansky District;
  • Verkhoyansk (wiki, map), the coldest place in Northern-Eastern Siberia (its warm in the summertime);
  • Betenkes (map), traditional Yakutian village;
  • Siberian rivers Adycha & Tuostakh;
  • Kisilyakh, Sacred Stone People (article on RBTH);
  • Batagaika Crater (wiki, map), Gateway to the Underworld.
Video: Kisilyakh, Northern Shambala in Siberia

Proud to present the the sacred place of Stone People we call Kisilyakh in Verkhoyansky District.

Video credit: Eugene Osipov.

Photos: Verkhoyansk

Verkhoyansk in summer. Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Photos: Kisilyakh

Verkhoyansky Kisilyakhi, Sacred Stone People. Northern Shambala in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov.

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide.

See all Kisilyakh pics on our project YakutiaPhoto.com.

Photos: Batagaika Crater

Batagaika Crater in Verkhoyansky District, Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Trip dates:

Available for group trips

  • 23 – 30 July 2018 (Summer Colors);
  • 06 – 13 August 2018 (Summer-Autumn Colors);
  • 05 – 12 September 2018 (Golden Autumn);
  • other dates on request.
Itinerary:

Day 1: Yakutsk – Batagay – Verkhoyansk. Transfer to Yakutsk Airport in the early morning. Flight to Batagay, 2.5 hr. Arrival at Batagay Airport at 09:55/10:30. Transfer to a guest house in Batagay. Time for lunch at cafe (not included). Trip to Verkhoyansk (distance is 72 km, time to drive 1.5 hr). Walking around the coldest town. Stop by Verkhoyansk Stella. Drive back to Batagay in the evening. Time for dinner at cafe (not included). Overnight at private guest house (single/twin rooms with shower room, shared kitchen).

Day 2: Batagay – Base on the Tuostakh River. Morning tea at guest house. Drive to Betenkes, 48 km. Stop by at Shaman Tree en route. Boat journey from Betenkes to the base along the Adycha & Tuostakh Rivers, 60 km, 2 hr. Stop by at Mammoth Hill (one of paleontological sites). Arrival to the base. Early dinner. Overnight in twin rooms in one-store wooden buildings. Shared outdoor toilet, shared sauna.

Day 3: Kisilyakh. 07:30 – Breakfast. 09:30 – Transfer by motor boat/s to Ketet site, 20 min. Hiking to Verkhoyansk Kisilyakh, 10 km. Lunch (packed) at Adycha River’s Kisilyakh. Excursion around Adycha Kisilyakh. Dinner. Free time. Overnight at a mountain guest house. Meeting sunrise ritual.

Day 4: Kisilyakh. Breakfast. Hiking to the highest Bolshoi Kisilyakh (5 km above sea level). Lunch (packed) en route. Dinner and overnight at a guest house.

Day 5: Kisilyakh – Base on the Tuostakh River. Breakfast. Hiking back to Ketet site. Transfer by motor boat/s to the base. Free time. Dinner. Sauna. Overnight in twin rooms in one-store wooden buildings. Shared outdoor toilet, shared sauna.

Day 6: Base on the Tuostakh River. Breakfast. Free program with a chance to fish, trekking, etc. Lunch and dinner at the base. Sauna. Overnight in twin rooms in one-store wooden buildings. Shared outdoor toilet.

Day 7: Tuostakh Base – Batagay – Batagaika Crater. 07:30 – Breakfast. Transfer by motor boat/s to Betenkes, 2 hrs. Time for lunch at cafe (not included). Road trip to Batagaika Crater. Hiking. Free time at Batagaika. Transfer to Batagay. Time for dinner at cafe (not included). Overnight at a guest house in Batagay.

Day 8: Batagay – Yakutsk. Morning tea at hotel. 10:00 – Transfer to airport. 11:55/12:10 – 12:45/13:00 – Flight to Yakutsk. Transfer to hotel in Yakutsk.

Trip Cost:

For 5+ travelers = 118 000 RUB per person.

We provide various discounts for early booking or full pre-payment. Write us.

Includes:

– Russian visa invitation.
– Air tickets Yakutsk – Batagay – Yakutsk.
– Guide’s service for all trip days (English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking)
– All transfers as per the itinerary.
– Accommodation according to the itinerary.
– Meals as per the itinerary.
– Hiking guides.

Does NOT include:

– Flights from/to your hometown to/from Yakutsk.
– Meals at cafe in Batagay (up to 500 RUB/meal/person).
– Accommodation & meals in Yakutsk.
– City tour and other activities in Yakutsk.
– Tips & gratitudes.

BOOK YOUR VERKHOYANSK & KISILYAKH

Information by phone:

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

Order 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 explore Verkhoyansk and its magic Kisilyakh sites is always good with friends.

Yakutsk – Labynkyr – Okhotsk Journey

Yakutsk - Oymyakon - Tomtor - Lake Labynkyr - Okhotsk Summer Trekking Expedition. With Reindeer Herders.

Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Tomtor – Lake Labynkyr – Arka – Okhotsk Summer Trekking Expedition. From Yakutia to Khabarovsk Krai! With Siberian Reindeer Herders!

Together with herders from the village of Arka, Khabarovsk Krai we’re planning to embark a big overland expedition from Yakutsk to Okhotsk with trekking between the legendary Lake Labynkyr and its home.

Duration: 25 days.
Dates: 12 July 2017 – 05 August 2017
Expedition Status: guaranteed irrespective of the quantity of invited travelers.
Group size: 1-3 international travelers + 3 Even guides + 1 herder with his own reindeer caravan.
Note: Summer trekking expedition happens once a year. Starts and finishes in Yakutsk, Russia.

Difficulty level: high physical exercise.
Recommended for people, who are physically fit, psychologically healthy, and endurance strong.
Friendly, open-minded trekkers are welcome.

Arka & Forest People

The village of Arka, final destination, is the place Even guides live in. It’s unique. In the Soviet Union time, the settlement was supported pretty well. It was like a big administrative center for reindeer herders’ communities. From here, authorities used to send helicopters with all provision to remote herders’ mountain camps. And here herders received their salaries.

When the USSR collapsed in the 90s, Arka lost support and constant income. It was totally forgotten. Herders were forced to rely on reindeer only, and they stayed in the forest to survive and live their usual life. They are true forest people. Actually, they consider them “forest people.”

Okhotsk Evens lived in the area of expedition for centuries. The first mention of their tribes was noted in the early 17th century. They helped a Russian exploring expedition to make it from Yakutsk to Okhotsk. From 1650 to 1845, they kept possible for traders to deliver goods from Okhotsk sea port to Yakutsk. That route received the name of Yakutsk – Okhotsk Path (Trakt). By the way, it was the major way Yakutsk got provisions that time.

Currently, all that area’s trails are needed by nobody, apart from locals.

When herders need wild onions, which they don’t have in the surroundings of Okhota, Koukhtui and Ulbya rivers, they nomad to Lake Labynkyr. When they wish to eat different types of fishes, they go to great lake to catch huge pikes. In the wintertime, when they need a new portion of basic food, it’s “easier” for them to traverse through snowy mountains, frozen rivers and cold mist to Oymyakon district than to Arka. Just because it’s closer.

Can you imagine what tough life they have? To us, it’s tough, and whatever they do on daily basis, we can call as “real expedition.” To them, it’s routine. They don’t know the other way of life but their ancestors’ only.

You know what? They still rely on their own reindeer. Offered trekking expedition might become a new way to support herders in Okhotsk area.

We travelled that route on reindeer sledges with them in the wintertime. And we fell in love with them.

Random Expedition Photos:

Even herder, of Arka, works with his reindeer on the glacier in mountains

Photo credits: herders & residents of Arka town.

Route & Map:

Expedition Route: Yakutsk – Tomtor / Oymyakon – Lake Labynkyr – Lake Vodorazdelnoe – the Ulbeya River – the Kuhktui River – Reindeer Herders’ Summer Base – the Okhota River – Herders’ Settlement of Arka – Okhotsk – Yakutsk.
Total distance: ~1500 km.
Trekking/rafting distance: ~440 km.

Itinerary

Day of Arrival – Arrival in Yakutsk. Transfer to hotel. 11:00 – Meeting up with guides. Orientation. 14:00 – 19:00 – Yakutsk City Tour (sightseeings, visit to Mammoth Museum, the Atlasovs’ Etho Complex, the Kingdom of Permafrost ice tunnel complex). Overnight at hotel.
Day 1 / 12 Jul 2017 – Breakfast at hotel. Driving Yakutsk to Khandyga, 420 km. With expedition team by an off-road minivan. Crossing the rivers Lena, Aldan. Lunch & dinner at roadside cafes en route. Accommodation at a private apartment-based hotel in Khandyga.
Day 2 / 13 Jul 2017 – Breakfast. Driving Khandyga to Tomtor. Early lunch & early dinner at roadside cafes en route. Crossing the Kyubyume River. Arrival in Tomtor in the evening. Late dinner at family’s. Accommodation in a guesthouse.
Day 3 / 14 Jul 2017 – Breakfast. Day road trip to Oymyakon, 40 km. By an off-road vehicle. Lunch (packed) & dinner at family’s. Accommodation in a guesthouse in Tomtor.
Day 4 / 15 Jul 2017 – Transfer Tomtor to Lake Labynkyr, 90 km. Along the Kuydusun River. By all-terrain Soviet-type military vehicle GAZ 71. Arrival to hunters’ cabin in the northern part of Lake Labynkyr. Dinner. Overnight in a wooden cabin / tent.
Day 5 / 16 Jul 2017 – Spare time at Lake Labynkyr. Fishing, hiking. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a wooden cabin / tent.
Day 6 / 17 Jul 2017 – Trekking to the southern part of Lake Labynkyr, 17 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 7 / 18 Jul 2017 – Huge pike fishing at Lake Labynkyr. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 8-9 / 19-20 Jul 2017 – Trekking from Labynkyr to Lake Vodorazdelnoe along the Labynkyr River, 50 km. Meeting up herders from the summer base with work reindeer (to carry cargo) at Vodorazdelnoe. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 10 / 21 Jul 2017 – Stay at Lake Vodorazdelnoe. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 11 / 22 Jul 2017 – Trekking through the mountain pass to the Ulbya River, 20 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 12 / 23 Jul 2017 – Trekking to the Koukhtui River, 15 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 13 / 24 Jul 2017 – Trekking to reindeer herders’ summer base on a bank of the Koukhtui River, 17 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 14 / 25 Jul 2017 – Stay at herders’ base. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 15 / 26 Jul 2017 – Stay at herders’ base. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 16 / 27 Jul 2017 – Trekking with reindeer from the base to the Okhota River. The start of rafting on the Okhota River to the mouth of Dolnaya. Day distance is 30 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 17 / 28 Jul 2017 – Rafting on the Okhota River to the place of Lake Nek, 36 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 18 / 29 Jul 2017 – Rafting on the Okhota River to the mouth of the Delka-Okhotskaya River, 36 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 19 / 30 Jul 2017 – Rafting on the Okhota River to the place of Lake Uega, where a meteo station and sauna are located. Day distance is 35 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 20 / 31 Jul 2017 – Lake Uega. Fishing. Sauna. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 21-22 / 01-02 Aug 2017 – Rafting on the Okhota River to herders’ village of Arka. Arrival in the evening. Dinner. Sauna. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 23 / 03 Aug 2017 – Free day in Arka. Excursion across the settlement. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 24 / 04 Aug 2017 – Free day in Arka. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 25 / 05 Aug 2017 – Breakfast. Transfer to the town of Okhotsk at the Sea of Okhotsk (photo session). Transfer to Okhotsk Airport. Flight to Yakutsk. Arrival to Yakutsk. Transfer to hotel. Accommodation at hotel.
Day of Departure – Breakfast (take away). Transfer to hotel. Flight from Yakutsk.

Expedition cost:

Rates for 12 Jul 2017 – 05 Aug 2017

Participation cost = 540 000 RUB per person.

Rates for a private expedition in July 2018

For a group of 3 people = 680 000 RUB per person.
For a group of 2 people = 980 000 RUB per person.
Individual = 1 875 000 RUB.

Includes:

– visa invitations;
– all transfers from/to airport in Yakutsk according to the itinerary;
– accommodation in Yakutsk with breakfast according to the itinerary;
– transport rental in Yakutsk on days mentioned in the itinerary;
– English-speaking interpreter in Yakutsk;
– English-speaking interpreter during the expedition (if an international team consists of two or more members);
– 3 herders’ service during the expedition (each of them would have a rifle);
– transport rental for drive en route Yakutsk – Tomtor – Oymyakon – Tomtor;
– accommodation in Tomtor (2 nights);
– all terrain vehicle (military type) to reach from Tomtor to Lake Labynkyr;
– camping & fishing accessories;
– work reindeer and their owner to carry cargo through mountain passes from Lake Vodorazdelnoe to the Okhota River;
– accommodation at reindeer herders’ summer base;
– robber boats & safety jackets for rafting mountain rivers in Khabarovsk Krai;
– sauna en route, where it is possible;
– meals at roadside cafes en route Yakutsk to Tomtor, home meals at family’s in Tomtor and Arka, meals at herders’ summer base, camping meals during trekking/rafting;
– accommodation in a private wooden house in Arka;
– transfer from Arka to Okhotsk Airport with a stop in Okhotsk;
– air tickets Okhotsk to Yakutsk.

Does NOT include:

– flight to Yakutsk before the start of the tour;
– flight from Yakutsk after the end of the tour;
– personal medical/travel insurances;
– personal clothes & gears;
– tips and gratitudes.

Booking & Pre-payment Conditions

– Participation in the expedition is booked, when 35% is pre-paid as deposit.
– Balance payment is due not later than 60 days before the start of the tour.
– Expedition cost is set up in Russian Rubles. Paid amount in USD/EUR/GBP/CYN should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
– Payment is accepted by a bank transfer.
– If a group of required size is not gathered, we optimize the list of provided services and make your participation possible. Though expedition participants are always welcome to fill the gap in expedition budget.

BOOK YOUR EXPEDITION PARTICIPATION

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.

DISCLAIMER: Above published photos are taken during a regular summer trek arranged by Even herders for Arka elementary school teachers.

Embark the expedition of your lifetime from Yakutsk to the Sea of Okhotsk! Be friend with Siberian reindeer herders!

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 July 2017

For 4 people = 4000 RUB per person.
For 3 people = 5000 RUB per person.
For 2 people = 6500 RUB per person.
Individual = 17500 RUB per person.

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

Includes:

– transport with a 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.

Not include:

– meals & drinks;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide (9800 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.

Lake Baikal – Yakutsk – Magadan Tour

Lake Baikal. Irkutsk - Yakutsk - Magadan Tour through Siberia and Far East, Russia.

IRKUTSK – YAKUTSK – MAGADAN ROAD TRIP.
Lake Baikal – Lena Pillars on the Lena River – Okhotsk Sea.
Authentic Siberia & the Far East in Russia!

So, here we go. We welcome travellers, who have a strong desire to embark a fascinating road trip with us from Lake Baikal to the Sea of Okhotsk through the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the biggest Russian region. A big journey in Siberia!

Travel Photographs

Lake Baikal in Irkutsk Oblast:

Photo credits: Artem Petukhov & Ekaterina Ipatieva, Yakutsk-based Adventurers.

Lena Pillars on the Lena River in Yakutia:

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/Lena Pillars at YakutiaPhoto.com.

The Sea of Okhotsk in Magadan Oblast:

Photo credit: Ilya Kovyakin/LiveJournal.

Irkutsk – Yakutsk – Magadan Trip Route on Map

The above map doesn’t provide the exact distance of the factual trip.

Trip Details

Group size: 1-4 PAX.
Dates: flexible. Depends on travellers’ schedule.
On request, the tour might be done on any dates in June – August, September (Golden Autumn) – the early October (the first snowfalls on the Kolyma road), December – February (Cold Siberian Winter), and March (Ice on Lake Baikal) – the early April.

Distance to drive: ~ 6000 km one way through Russia’s Siberia & Far East.

Route: Irkutsk – Lystvyanka (1 day) – Olkhon Island (2.5 days) – Irkutsk (1 day) – Ulan Ude (1 full day) – Ivolginsky Datsan – Chita – Erofei Pavlovich – Tynda – Nerungri – Yakutsk (1 full day) – Lena Pillars Nature Park (1 day) – Yakutsk (1 day) – Khandyga – Ust Nera – Susuman – Magadan (2 full days).

Trip Dates:
  • Any dates on request.
Highlights. What to see?

– Irkutsk. City Tour.
– 3-day trip to Olkhon Island (Lake Baikal).
– Ulan Ude. Day City Tour.
– Peoples of Transbaikalia Outdoor Museum in Buryatia.
– Ivolginsky Datsan in Buryatia.
– Chita.
– Amur–Yakutsk Mainline.
– Tynda, the heart of the Baikal–Amur Mainline (BAM).
– Nerungri. Coal mining site.
– Vasilievka, remains of a GULAG camp.
– Yakutsk. City Tour.
– Lena Pillars Nature Park on the Lena River.
– Road of Bones through Verkhoyansky Mountains.
– Ust Nera, the town of gold miners.
– Kadykchan, the lost city in Magadan Oblast.
– Susuman, the other ton of gold miners.
– Yagodnoe. Kolyma History Museum.
– Debin. The Bridge across the Kolyma River.
– Remains of Stalin’s GULAG administration buildings.
– Dneprovsky GULAG (if the road is passable).
– Magadan. Mask of Sorrow, Mammoth Monument, etc.
– Ola, fishermen’s town.
– The Sea of Okhotsk.

2017 Summer-Autumn Itinerary (Recommended)

Day 1 – Arrival in Irkutsk Airport in the morning. Transfer to Irkutsk. Check-in at hotel. Lunch. Irkutsk City Tour.
Day 2 – Day trip to Lystvyanka, Lake Baikal. Back to Irkutsk in the evening.
Day 3 – Drive Irkutsk to Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal. 292 km. Check-in at Baikal View Hotel. Visit to the Shamans Rock.
Day 4 – Olkhon Island. Excursion to Khoboi Cape, the North of the Island to observe Lake Baikal. 80 km.
Day 5 – Olkhon Island. Excursion to the South of the Island. 292 km.
Day 6 – Drive back to Irkutsk. Shopping and preparation for the road trip from Irkutsk toward Yakutsk.
Day 7 – Drive Irkutsk to Ulan Ude with stops along the southern shore of Lake Baikal. 458 km.
Day 8 – Ulan Ude. City Tour & Excursion to Peoples of Transbaikalia Ethnographic Outdoor Museum.
Day 9 – Drive Ulan Ude via Ivolginsky Datsan to Chita. 713 km (incl. turn distance to the Datsan).
Day 10 – Drive Chita to Erofei Pavlovich. 774 km.
Day 11 – Drive Erofei Pavlovich to Nerungri. 529 km. With a short stop for walking around in Tynda on the way.
Day 12 – Visit to the view point of the coal mining. Drive Nerungri to Aldan with a stop to observe the remains of Vasilievka GULAG camp. 274 km.
Day 13 – Drive Aldan to Yakutsk. 541 km. Visit the Glacier of Lake Buluus (note: the glacier is melted in the autumn). Crossing the Lena River before Yakutsk on a transport ferry.
Day 14 – Yakutsk. City Tour.
Day 15 – Day trip Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park (partly by car, partly by a river boat).
Day 16 – Spare time in Yakutsk. Required, if a trip to Lena Pillars would be moved because of weather conditions on the previous day.
Day 17 – Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 419 km.
Day 18 – Drive Khandyga to Ust Nera the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 556 km. Through Verkhoyansky Mountain Passes.
Day 19 – Drive Ust Nera to Susuman the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 390 km.
Day 20 – Drive Susuman – Dneprovsky GULAG – Magadan the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 590 km.
Day 21 – Magadan. Tour across the city and bays of the Sea of Okhotsk.
Day 22 – Magadan. Boat excursion in the Okhotsk Sea (optional).
Day 23 – Departure Day. Transfer from Magadan to Sokol Airport, 51 km. Flight to Moscow /other Russian city.

Feel free to ask the customization of the whole itinerary and personal budget for your dream trip! If any wish to fly between cities, let us know. If you plan to travel from Irkutsk to Nerungri by railway, write us.

Tour Cost for Recommended Itinerary

Rates for Autumn 2017 and Summer-Autumn 2018

4 travelers = 480 000 RUB per person.
1-3 travelers = on request.

Includes:

  • visa invitation;
  • transfer airport to hotel in Irkutsk;
  • day trip Irkutsk to Lystvyanka, Lake Baikal;
  • 3,5-day trip to Olkhon Island (Lake Baikal);
  • city tours in Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Yakutsk, and Magadan;
  • day trip Yakutsk to Lena Lena Pillars Nature Park;
  • accommodation in Irkutsk (Courtyard Marriott Hotel), Khuzhir village (Baikal View Hotel), Ulan Ude (Baikal Plaza Hotel), Yakutsk (AZIMUT Polar Star Hotel) and Magadan (Magadan Hotel) as well as at hotels en route during driving days;
  • Transport rental w/ driver and all transport-related expenses en route Irkutsk – Yakutsk – Magadan;
  • guide and all guide-related expenses en route Irkutsk – Lystvyanka – Olkhon Island – Ulan Ude – Yakutsk – Magadan;
  • transfer Magadan to Sokol Airport.

Does NOT include:

  • air fares to Irkutsk and from Magadan;
  • meals (2500-6000 RUB/day/person in cities; 1500-2000 RUB/day/person on driving days.
  • Speed boat excursion with fishing in the bays of the Sea of Okhotsk (33 600 RUB per group) in summer-autumn

ORDER LAKE BAIKAL TO MAGADAN ROAD TRIP

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.

Exciting overland trip from Irkutsk to Magadan via Yakutsk. Lake Baikal, Lena Pillars on the Lena River and the Sea of Okhotsk. Enjoy beautiful landscapes in Russia’s Siberia & Far East!

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

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.

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 the summertime 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.

Available Dates of Cruises in Summer 2017:

  • 21 August 2017

Lena Pillars Cruise Package Cost:

Standard TWIN = 17000 RUB per cabin.
Deluxe DBL = 19000 RUB per cabin.
Luxe DBL = 30000 RUB per cabin.
Complex Meal Plan = 2400 RUB per person.
Cruise Arrangement Fee & VAT = 3600 RUB.

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 in Summer 2017:

  • 11, 18 August 2017
  • 8, 15, 22 September 2017

Lena Pillars Cruise Package Cost:

The first cabin rate stands for 11 Aug 2017, the second for 18 Aug 2017, the third for 8, 15, 22 Sept 2017.

Standard TWIN = 25000 / 22000 / 20000 RUB per cabin.
Deluxe DBL = 28000 / 25000 / 22500 RUB per cabin.
Luxe DBL = 45000 / 40000 / 35000 RUB per cabin.
Complex Meal Plan = 3600 RUB per person.
Cruise Arrangement Fee & VAT = 4800 RUB.

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

Day trip from Yakutsk River Port to Lena Pillars Nature Park. By speed boat speed boat Volzhanka or Lazurny 35.
Volzhanka Speed Boat on the left.

In above photographs: Volzhanka Speed Boat.

In above photographs: Lazurny 35 Speed Boat.

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:

Individual trips

  • any date upon request.

Group trips

  • 28 July 2017.

Standard Itinerary:

7:30 – Meeting up at Yakutsk river port (speed boat station).
8:00 – 12:00 – The Lena River journey by Volzhanka Long Cabin/Lazurny 35. With stops en route on sandy banks and islands.
12:00 – Arrival at Lena Pillars Nature Park;
12:00 – 16:00 – Free time at Lena Pillars Nature Park. Ascending to the view deck on the top of Pillars. Time for lunch at the camping area with tables and shelters.
16.00 – 20:00 – Transfer back to Yakutsk river port. With stops en route.

Rates for group trips

In July – August 2017 = 8 700 RUB per person.

Includes:

– transfer as per the above program;
– entry ticket to Lena Pillars Nature Park;
– Russian-speaking transfer guide.

Does NOT include:

– Meals, snacks, drinks. Please, note that there are no stores and cafes at the nature park.

Rates for private trips with customized itineraries.

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 2017.
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 Private 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 requested on the following days:

  • 28 Jul 2017;
  • 30 Aug 2017;
  • 31 Aug 2017.

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 Private 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.

Please, note that when a trip is done in a group of Russian travelers, the cost doesn’t include English- or any other language-speaking guide. In this case, the rate is lower.

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 2018.
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 2018. 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:

Itinerary & General Information:

2018 Yakutsk to Tiksi River Cruise – Dates, itinerary and costs approved for Summer 2018!

Cruise Dates for 2018:
  • 7 July – 20 July 2018
  • 23 July – 05 August 2018
  • 08 August – 21 August 2018
  • 22 August – 04 September 2018
Cruise Prices for Summer-Autumn 2018:

Four-bed standard cabin:

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

  • 310 200 RUB/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
  • 336 600 RUB/cabin if 3 people in the cabin
  • 363 000 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.

  • 224 400 RUB/cabin if 1 person in the cabin
  • 310 200 RUB/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
  • 323 400 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.

  • 184 800 RUB/cabin, if single
  • 250 800 RUB/cabin, if 2 people in the cabin

6 cabins.

De Luxe (DBL):

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

  • 244 200 RUB/cabin, if single
  • 343 200 RUB/cabin, if two people in the cabin

8 cabins.

Luxe Suite:

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

  • 448 800 RUB/cabin, if single or couple in the cabin

3 cabins.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Cabins are sold as the whole. By cabins.
  • If booking is done till February 2018 and full pre-payment is completed within 1.5-week since the date of invoice issue, 12% discount is granted.
  • If booking is done in Spring – Summer 2018, full pre-payment is required.
  • If you book in the last minute, please, be advised that participation in the 14-day cruise without state border entry permit is possibe, but travelers would not have a chance to participate in Tiksi town excursion, and they should stay onboard.
  • 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 to ship/hotel and one transfer from ship to airport/hotel);
  • state border entry permit for a day visit to Tiksi;
  • visa support (Letter of Invitation).
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.
  • 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 veries 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 2018);
  • Yakutsk – Olekminsk – Lensk – Lenskie Sheki Pillars – Yakutsk Cruise (September 2018)
Additionally you might order from us:
  • air tickets from/to Yakutsk Airport (YKS);
  • additional transfers hotel to ship and hotel to airport in Yakutsk;
  • individual transfers from ship to airport/hotel in Yakutsk;
  • accommodation in Yakutsk;
  • Yakutsk City Tour with your-language-speaking guide and hired vehicle;
  • day trip Yakutsk to the Glacier of Lake Buluus and Kyuryulyur Waterfalls;
  • 5-day road trip Yakutsk to Oymyakon;
  • 7-day road trip Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon;
  • 8-day tour to Verkhoyansk and Sacred Stones.

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 2018?! Let your friends know about it.

Reindeer Herders. Deep Into the Taiga!

Reindeer Herders. A long river journey deep into the Siberian taiga. Lena and Olekma Rivers. South Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Alexander Dyakonov.

Reindeer Herders. A long river journey deep into the Siberian taiga. Eco & ethno tour in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Alexander Dyakonov.

REINDEER HERDERS IN YAKUTIA, RUSSIA
Summer journey to reindeer herders’ camp deep into the Siberian taiga!

Tour type: guided, private.
Period: July-September.
Group size: 1-2 people.
Tour duration: 6, 8 or 10 days.

Route: Yakutsk – Olekminsk – Kudu Kyuel village – the “Sanya” reindeer herders summer camp – the way back.
Area: Olekminsky District, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), North-Eastern Siberia, Russia.
Rivers to travel: Lena River, Olekma River.
Trip starts and ends in Yakutsk.

Transport means:
– Yakutsk to/from Olekminsk along the Lena River by the “Meteor” passenger hydrofoil boat.
– Olekminsk to/from the “Sanya” reindeer herders summer camp by a regular motor boat.

Travel highlights:
  • The Lena River with Lena Pillars Nature Park (passing by).
  • Siberian taiga & habitable wilderness.
  • Authentic Siberian village life.
  • Indeginous people with rich cultural & historical background.
  • Stay at reindeer people’s summer camp in the forest.
Olekminsk and the Olekma River on the map

Travel photographs

Photo credit: Alexander Dyakonov.

Alexander is historian. It’s him guiding travelers.

Itinerary

Day 1. Yakutsk – Olekminsk. Distance to travel – 620 km.

Journey along the Lena River on the “Meteor” passenger hydrofoil boat. Departure early morning. Arrival in the late evening. Overnight in Olekminsk.

On the way to Olekminsk, we’ll see the famous stone forest of Lena Pillar Nature Park and just fascinating river-forest landscapes.

Day 2. Olekminsk – Kudu Kyuel village. Distance to travel – 170 km.

Sailing on a regular motor boat. Kudu Kyuel village is located on a bank of the Olekma River. Overnight in a private house.

This day is remarkable by a chance to see a true country life in the remotest wilderness. Peaceful and authentic.

Day 3-4: Kudu Kyuel – reindeer herders summer camp. Distance to travel to the camp – 20 km.

This day we’ll go deeper into the Siberian taiga and travel across the territory belonged to the Evenk community of reindeer herders called “Sanya.”

Herders will show their reindeer, the camp, hunting & fishing area. We’ll have an unique chance to try our best in hunting and fishing as well.

Overnights in tents.

Day 5: The way back to Olekminsk. Overnight in Olekminsk.

Day 6: Olekminsk – Yakutsk. Return to Yakutsk in the evening.

Price

We prefer to customize the tour and its price.

Duration might be 6, 8 or 10 days.

Basic components:

  • Travel Yakutsk – Olekminsk by a hydrofoil boat.
  • Travel Olekminsk – Kudu Kyuel by a motor boat.
  • 2-day visit to the “Sanya” reindeer herders camp with the use of a motor boat.
  • Meals for travelers and a guide (currently, it’s min. 1000 RUB/day/person.
  • Russian-speaking guide (6000 RUB/day).
  • Letter of invitation (2000 RUB/person).
  • Travel arrangement service fee.
  • VAT/tax.
Booking & payment conditions

Once the tour itinerary and its price are confirmed by travellers, we send the invoice for pre-payment.

Please, note:

– Tour is done privately upon request.
– Booking is considered to be done, when the full balance payment is done.
– Payment is accepted in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer.

REQUEST YOUR QUOTE: