Tiksi Summer Tour

Tiksi, Russian Arctic. Summer Tour from Yakutsk, 4 days, 3 nights.

4-DAY TOUR YAKUTSK TO TIKSI, RUSSIA.
Travel to the Arctic Sea Gate

Discover the northernmost settlement in Republic Sakha-Yakutia and the fourth northernmost settlement of the country.

Located above the Arctic Circle in the east side of the Lena River Delta. Serves as one of the principal ports for accessing the Laptev Sea.

Group size: 1-4 people.
Period: July – September 2019.
Tour starts and ends in Yakutsk, Russia.

Tiksi on the map

Tiksi and the Lena Delta

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

Itinerary

Day 1 (Tuesday) – Yakutsk to Tiksi.

– Transfer to Yakutsk Airport in the morning.
– Flight to Tiksi, 2 hr 50 min.
– Arrival in Tiksi Airport at noon.
– Transfer to the place of stay.
– Time for lunch at a cafe.
– Sightseeing in Tiksi with visits to Regional History Museum, Tiksi Bay and the “Tiksi” town sign.
– Time for dinner at a cafe.
– Free time.
– Overnight at family’s (twin room in a private flat in a multi-stored building, shared WC/shower, shared kitchen).

Day 2 (Wednesday) – Excursion across the vicinity of Tiksi.

– Breakfast at family’s.
– Travel by an off-road vehicle to Stolovaya Mountain. With a great view on Tiksi and the bay. Free time, photo session.
– Back to Tiksi.
– Time for lunch at a cafe.
– Travel to the places of the remains of Soviet military units.
– Time for dinner at a cafe.
– Overnight at family’s (twin room in a private flat in a multi-stored building, shared WC/shower, shared kitchen).

Day 3 (Thursday) – Trip to the Soginka River through the Arctic tundra

– Breakfast.
– Trip to the Soginka River by a swamp buggy through the tundra, 30 km. With stops on tops of hills and passages for photo sessions.
– Fishing on the Soginka River. It’s possible to catch graylings.
– Lunch in the tundra (included). W/ fish soup.
– Free time.
– Way back to Tiksi.
– Time for dinner at a cafe.
– Overnight at family’s (twin room in a private flat in a multi-stored building, shared WC/shower, shared kitchen).

Day 4 (Friday) – Flight to Yakutsk.

– Breakfast.
– Free time.
– Transfer to Tiksi Airport.
– Flight to Yakutsk, 2 hr 50 min.
– Transfer to hotel in Yakutsk.

4-Day Summer Tour Cost

Summer-Autumn 2019

For 1 – 4 people = on request.

Package includes:

– Russian visa invitation;
– Arctic state border entry permit (issue procedure takes 30 work days);
– English-speaking guide from Yakutsk (obligatory so to obtain the Arctic entry permit);
– all transfers to/from airports as per itinerary;
– air tickets Yakutsk to Tiksi (round);
– accommodation at family’s in apartment in Tiksi;
– town sightseeing in Tiksi on Day 1 as per itinerary;
– day excursion to Stolovaya Mountain and former Soviet military units as per itinerary;
– day trip to the Soginka River by tundra buggy, 30 km, w/ lunch, as per itinerary.

Doesn’t include:
– meals in Tiksi (reserve ±3000 RUB/day per person);
– extra activities in Tiksi and the Lena Delta (see the list below).

Extra activities:
  • Day trip to Bykovsky Cape.
  • 3-hr MI-8T helicopter tour across the Lena Delta (details on request only).

BOOK YOUR SUMMER TOUR TO TIKSI, RUSSIA

Information by phone:

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

Write a query 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 Tiksi and the Arctic Russia is always good with your best friends.

New Year Holidays in Yakutsk, Russia

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

2019 NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS IN YAKUTIA, RUSSIA’S SIBERIA.
Yakutsk – Sled Dog Safari – Lena Pillars Nature Park – Oymyakon
4/9 days

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

New Year Photographs

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

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

New Year Fireworks in Yakutsk

A view from the Chochur Mouran hill.

Video credit: Maxim Shirikov.

Dates
  • 31 Dec 2018 – 03 Jan 2019 – 4-Day Program: New Year Celebration in Yakutsk + Dog Sledding + day trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park.
  • 03 Jan 2019 – 08 Jan 2019 – 9-Day Program: New Year Celebration in Yakutsk + Sled Dog Safari + Lena Pillars Nature Park + Oymyakon, the Coldest Inhabited Place.
Itinerary

4-Day Program

31 December 2019 / Day 1 – Happy New Year in Yakutsk

— Arrival at Yakutsk Airport.
— Transfer to hotel in Yakutsk.
— Free time.
12:00 – 18:00 — Shopping extra warm clothes and city sightseeing. W/ visits to Frozen River Fleet, Fish Market and the Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel Complex.
— Free time.
21:45 — Pick up at hotel.
22:00 — 02:00 — Happy New Year Celebration at the “Chochur Muran” Ethno Complex:
— excursion across the complex to see the unique exhibit of vintage things, archeological and paleontological findings;
— holiday dinner at the restaurant;
— meeting the New Year on the top of the Chochur Muran hill with unforgettable view on the celebrating city.

01 January 2019 / Day 2 – A Day with Yakutian Laika in Yakutsk.

11:30 — Transfer from hotel to the “Chochur Muran” complex.
12:00 — 18:00 — Entertaining program:
— time for lunch at the restaurant (not included);
— dog sledding to Shaman Tree, 17 km. With the blue-eyed Yakutian laikas and support snowmobile (the very time to test your gears);
— national dish cooking workshop;
– time for dinner (not included).
18:00 — Transfer to hotel.

02 January 2019 / Day 3 – Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park

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

03 January 2019 / Day 4 – Departure.

— Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.

W/ 5-Day Oymyakon Extension

Days 1 – 3 are the same as described above.

03 January 2019 / Day 4 – Driving Yakutsk to Khandyga

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

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

Overnight at an apartment-based private hotel in Khandyga.

04 January 2019 года / Day 5 – Driving Khandyga – Kyubyume – Oymyakon

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

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

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

Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon or Tomtor.

05 January 2019 / Day 6 – Full Day in Oymyakon

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

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

06 January 2019 / Day 7 – Activities in Tomtor and driving back to Khandyga

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

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

Overnight in the “Angara” private hotel in Khandyga.

07 January 2019 / Day 8 – Driving Khandyga to Yakutsk

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

08 January 2019 года / Day 9 – Departure.

— Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.

Tour Cost

31 Dec 2018 – 03 Jan 2019 (Yakutsk part)

For a group of 4-12 people = 59 500 RUB per person.

03 Jan 2019 – 07 Jan 2019 (Oymyakon trip only, no airport transfers)

For a group of 4 – 7 people = 110 000 RUB per person. GUARANTEED. Description in the PDF file.

31 Dec 2018 – 08 Jan 2019 (full package Yakutsk + New Year Celebration + Dog sledding + Lena Pillars + Oymyakon)

For a group of 4 – 7 people = 169 500 RUB per person.

We give discounts for early birds. Write us to learn conditions.

Package includes:

For Yakutsk-part

— visa support (Letter of Invitation, if required);
— transfer from Yakutsk Airport to hotel on the day of arrival;
— transfer from hotel to Yakutsk Airport on the day of departure;
— guide service for the whole period of the tour;
— all transfers in Yakutsk as per the above itinerary;
— entry tickets to one venue during the city tour on Dec 31, 2018;
— Happy New Year celebration at the “Chochur Muran” complex;
— Half day activities at the “Chochur Muran” complex on Jan 01, 2019, including sled dog safari to Shaman Tree and cooking workshop w/ tea,;
— day trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park (hired vehicle/s en route Yakutsk – Batamai – Yakutsk, snowmobile for crossing the Lena River, entry tickets to the nature park, meals packed in lunch boxes.)

For Oymyakon trip extension

— hired vehicles and all transport-related expenses for the trip en route Yakutsk to Oymyakon and back to Yakutsk;
— accommodation at the apartment-based hotel in Khandyga (no breakfast);
— accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon;
— meals at family’s in Oymyakon.
— the Pole of Cold certificate granted in Oymyakon;
— traditional net ice-fishing on the Indigirka River in Oymyakon;
— Sakha Culture Evening at the House of Archy in Oymyakon;
— visit to the farm with a special Yakutian horses;
— ice tunnel complex and history museum in Tomtor.

Package does NOT include:

— air tickets to/from Yakutsk;
— accommodation in Yakutsk;
— meals in Yakutsk (not mentioned in the itinerary) and at roadside cafes en route Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Yakutsk (up to 1500 RUB/day per person);
— personal medical and travel insurance policies;
— extra warm clothes;
— tips and gratitude.

BOOKING & PAYMENT CONDITIONS

— Tour is booked when the deposit amounting to 15% of the tour cost is pre-paid.
— Balance payment is due no later than 21 day prior to the start of the tour.
— If booking is done less than 30 days before the tour, full-prepayment is required.
— We accept international payments in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer (the bank’s fee is up to 25 USD per transaction; check with your bank for precise rate).
— When it comes to Yakutsk celebration or the full package, payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
– If you order the 5-day Oymyakon trip only, payment should be equal to the amount indicated in EUR.
— We can accept payments also from a Russia-based bank in Russian Rubles by bank transfer or a bank card. No surcharge fee in this case.
– We tend to give discount. Write us to learn conditions.

BOOK NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS IN YAKUTSK

Information by phone:

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

Order your holidays via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

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

Yakutsk City Tour in Winter (Standard)

Yakutsk City Tour in Winter. Standard Itinerary for 1 Day. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

ONE WINTER DAY IN YAKUTSK, RUSSIA’S SIBERIA
Standard City Tour in the Coldest City on Earth

One full day in Yakutsk, the world’s coldest city. Experience extremely cold weather, authentic culture, mammoth-aged animals, delicious national food, blue-eyed Yakutian sled dogs, snowmobile ride… Everything what Yakutsk is remarkable for.

Previously, we were often asked to arrange one winter day program in Yakutsk. This winter we decided to announce it as day city tour separately from Lena Pillars. Two-day itinerary is here.

Yakutsk Winter Tour Photographs

Yakutsk Winter Weather

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

Mammoth Museum

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel Complex

Ice tunnel photographs by Ajar Varlamov, German-speaking guide. See more pictures at our online project, YakutiaPhoto.com. Photo of Yukagir Mammoth head and woolly rhino by the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Restaurant of Chochur Muran Ethno Complex
Dog sledding to Shaman Tree

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, German-speaking guide. See more pictures at our online project, YakutiaPhoto.com.

Yakutsk Winter Video

Yakutsk Winter Tour in Winter 2017-2018

Yakutsk Standard Winter City Tour, 1 day

Recommended Period

Late November 2018 – Early April 2019.

Dates

Private City Tour

  • Any day on request.

Special Group Tour Package:

Standard Itinerary (Work Day, on transport, w/ a guide)

09:45 — Picking up at hotel and transfer to downtown.
10:00 — 10:45 — Driving around the city. Stop by at the famous Yakutsk Outdoor Fish Market.
10:45 — 12:00 — Security check. Excursion to the Treasury of Yakutia showroom.
12:00 — 12:30 — Walking around the Old Town.
12:45 — 14:00 — Time for lunch at the “Makhtal” restaurant with national cuisine in the Old Town (not included).
14:00 — 14:30 — Transfer to the other place of visit.
14:30 — 15:45 — Visit to Mammoth Museum. Lecture by an active paleontologist, who embarks annual mammoth remains search expeditions and work on mammoth cloning together with colleagues and Korean partners. It’s the very museum, that discovered the bleeding mammoth in the North of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
16:00 — 17:00 — Visit to the Atlasovs’ Sakha ethnographic complex. With a traditional ceremony of purification and blessing. Excursion with a deep insight into the culture and traditions of the Sakha people.
17:30 — 18:30 — Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel complex inside Chochur Muran hill. This is the place to observe the unique collection of ice sculptures and the remains of paleontology discoveries.
19:00 — 20:30 — Lunch at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex. With a chance to taste the cuisine of the North Siberian peoples including Indigirka (salad out of frozen salmon), Stroganina, etc (not included).
20:30 — Transfer back to hotel.

Standard city tour is possible on a work day.
Feel free to request the tailor-made tour.

Standard Winter City Tour Cost

Winter 2018-2019

For 4 traveler = 8 600 RUB per person.
For 3 traveler = 10 600 RUB per person.
For 2 traveler = 14 600 RUB per person.
For 1 traveler = 26 400 RUB.

Package Includes:

– English-/German-/French-/Spanish-speaking guide.
– Winter-prepared transport w/ a driver (as per itinerary).
– Excursions to the Treasury of Yakutia, Mammoth Museum (work day), the Atlasovs’ Complex and Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel.

Not included:

– Lunch & dinner (paid on spot according to the order).
– Warm clothing rental (request the quote).
– Entry tickets to other venues in the city.
– Other activities not mentioned in the itinerary.

Frequantly Asked Questions

What warm clothes to wear?

– Thermo underwear (woolen, preferably);
– sweater (thick woolen)
– scarf (woolen)
– warm pants (for instance, texapore or thick jeanse);
– warm high boots (uggi/valenki/fur boots);
– dawn parka with hood;
– fur hats;
– gloves.

Do you provide warm clothes?

We can provide visitors with the package of warm clothings. Available for rental.

Is there any option for dog sledding

Yes, we have several options. For 1 day, 2 days and 7 days. Please, check the Dog Sledding page.

What rate will be just for the day trip to Lena Pillars?

Please, find the answer on the page Lena Pillars in Winter.

What else to do in Yakutsk?

– Visit Sakha Fine Arts Exhibit, etc.
– Do shopping. Fur clothes, souvenirs, diamonds, etc.
– 1/2-day Ice Fishing on the Lena River. Learn more.
– Day trip to a traditional Yakutian village.
– Day trip to Yakutian horse breeding farm.

What month is it better to experience the extreme cold weather?

Actually from the early December till the end of February. According to our observation, it’s always the middle of December, the middle of January and the first two weeks of February with the lowest temps.

Is it possible to extand Yakutsk winter tour with more travels?

Yes, sure. Please, check 2-day Yakutsk + Lena Pillars package.

Here’s also the description of the day trip to Lena Pillars in winter.

If you have more available days, you can also go with us to Oymyakon, Verkhoyansk, Tiksi, and Mirny. Please, check links on the right sidebar.

Don’t hesitate to request the customized tour from us.

BOOK THE TRIP WITH US

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

Winter tour to Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia! Experience the extreme cold weather, delicous food, dog sledding, mammoth & permafrost museums…

Yakutsk – Lenskie Sheki – Mirny 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 – MIRNY CRUISE ON THE LENA RIVER IN 2019.
9 days by the “Mikhail Svetlov” 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:

09 – 17 September 2019.

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 in 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.
– 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.

Mirny, Diamond City

Photos by ALROSA.

Cabin Photographs:

Please, read captions to identify cabin categories.

Spreadsheet

Download the PDF file with the detailed description and rates.

Itinerary

Day 1 / September 09, 2019 – Yakutsk – Sottintsy. 07:00 – Start of boarding at Yakutsk River Port. 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 / September 10, 2019 – 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  / September 11, 2019 – Non-stop. Activities and lectures on-board.

Day 4 / September 12, 2019 – Olekminsk. Bus excursion across the town. Observing the Orthodox church, a chapel, Russian old believers’ houses. Old believers were exiled two centuries ago. Visit to the regional history museum.

Day 5 / September 13, 2019 – 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 / September 14, 2019 – 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 7 / September 15, 2019 – 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 8 / September 16, 2019 – Lensk. Lensk Town Walk Tour. 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 9 / September 17, 2019 – Mirny. Bus transfer from Lensk to Mirny. 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.

Overnight at Zarnitsa Hotel.
Next day departure from Mirny Airport.

Cruise Prices for 2019

Four-Bed Standard Cabin:

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

198 000 RUB/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
227 000 RUB/cabin if 3 people in the cabin
257 000 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.

149 000 RUB/cabin if 1 person in the cabin
198 000 RUB/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
221 000 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.

120 000 RUB/cabin, if single
162 000 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.

156 000 RUB/cabin, if single
221 000 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.

299 000 RUB/cabin, if single or couple in the cabin

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • transfer from airport to the ship (possible after 08:00 am on Day 1 only);
  • cabin;
  • full board meal plan onboard (buffet) and 1 lunch in Mirny;
  • cruise activities (with excursions and entry tickets);
  • Letter of Invitation (if requested).

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Above-listed rates include 12% discount off the official cost. They are active, if the full pre-payment is done within 7 work dates since invoice date.
  • Split payment is possible. Official rates in EUR are applied in this case.
  • Cabins are sold as the whole. By cabins.
How to book Yakutsk – Lenskie Sheki – Mirny 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 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.
  • 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:
  • individual transfers to/from airport & to/from river port;
  • Yakutsk guided city tour;
  • other tours.

Book Yakutsk – Lenskie Sheki – Mirny 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 – Mirny cruise on the biggest Siberian river in 2019?! 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: 1 – 4 people.
Tour duration: 7 days / 6 nights.
Season: July – September 2019.

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 town in Northern-Eastern Siberia (its warm in the summertime);
  • Batagaika Crater (wiki, map), Gateway to the Underworld.
  • GULAG on Kyostyor Mountain (map);
  • Betenkes (map), traditional Yakutian village;
  • Siberian rivers Adycha & Tuostakh;
  • Kisilyakh, Sacred Stone People (article on RBTH);
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.

Verkhoyansk in the late September.
Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Photos: Batagay

Batagay town, administrative center of Verkhoyansky District, Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, VisitYakutia.com

Batagay in the late September.
Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Photos: Batagaika Crater

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

The above photo credit: Alexander Gabyshev.

Below see how the crater looks like in July. Photos are taken by Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Batagaika Crater in September. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Batagaika Crater on July 26th, 2018. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Photos: GULAG on Kyostyor Mountian

GULAG camp on Kyostyor Mountain in Verkhoyansk District, Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. September 07th, 2018. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Remains of the GULAG camp on Kyostyor mountain on September 07th, 2018. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

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: Adycha & Toustakh Rivers on the way to Kisilyakh

Kisilyakh Sacred Stones. A view from the Adycha River. Verkhoyansky District, Siberia, Russia.  Photo by Ajar Varlamov.

Shoot time: July, 2018. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide.

Group trip map:

Trip dates:
  • 12 – 19 August 2019 – Group trip as per the below-described itinerary. A few spaces available.
  • private trips on any dates from Friday to Monday and from Monday to Friday on request.
Group Trip Itinerary:
Download the PDF file with more details.
 
Day 1 / 12 Aug 2019 / Monday – FLIGHT YAKUTSK TO BATAGAY. TRANSFER TO THE CAMP. Transfer hotel to airport in Yakutsk. Flight Yakutsk to Batagay, 1 hr 50 min (air tickets not included). Arrival in Batagay Airport at midday. Drive to Betenkes village, 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 camp. Early dinner. Overnight in a wooden house.
 
DAY 2 / 13 Aug 2019 / Tuesday – THE TUOSTAKH RIVER – KISILYAKH BASE TO KISILYAKH ROCKS. Breakfast. Transfer by 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 cabin. Sunrise meeting ritual.
 
Day 3 / 14 Aug 2019 / Wednesday – KISILYAKH. Breakfast. Hiking to the highest Bolshoi Kisilyakh (5 km above sea level) and other remarkable sites. Lunch (packed) en route. Dinner and overnight in a wooden cabin.
 
Day 4 / 15 Aug 2019 / Thursday – KISILYAKH. Breakfast. Hiking among Kisilyakh. Lunch (packed) en route. Dinner and overnight in a wooden cabin.
 
Day 5 / 16 Aug 2019 / Friday – WAY BACK TO THE BASE CAMP. Breakfast. Hiking back to Ketet site. Transfer by motor boat/s to the base. Free time. Dinner. Sauna. Overnight in a wooden guest house.
 
DAY 6 / 17 Aug 2019 / Saturday  – BACK TO BATAGAY + TRIP TO VERKHOYANSK. Breakfast. Transfer along the Adycha River to Betenkes village by boat/s, 2 hrs. Drive to Batagai town by car, 1 hr. Lunch. Drive to Verkhoyansk, 72 km, 1.5 hr. On the way we do a visit to Yakutian cow farm and the view point on Lysaya mountain. At the entrance of Verkhoyank, a photo stop at the famous Stella (mammoth tusks w/ the name of the town). Walk across Verkhoyansk. Visit to the “Pole of Cold” regional museum. Way back to Batagay. Dinner. Free time. Overnight at a private hotel (twin rooms w/ WC & shower).
 
DAY 7 / 18 Aug 2019 / Sunday  – DAY TRIP TO BATAGAIKA CRATOR. Breakfast. Drive Verkhoyansk to Batagay, 72 km. Excursion in Batagay with a visit to industry history museum. Lunch. Drive to the turn to Batagaika Crater by car, 12 km. Hiking ±1 km to the crater. Free time. Lunch on the field (home-made snacks, bottled water or hot tea). Back to the place of overnight in Batagay in the evening. Dinner. Overnight at a private hotel (twin rooms w/ WC & shower).
 
DAY 8 / 19 Aug 2019 / Monday – FLIGHT BATAGAY TO YAKUTSK. Transfer to Batagay Airport. Flight to Yakutsk, 1 hr 50 min (air tickets not included). Transfer from Yakutsk airport to hotel. Free time.
Trip Cost:

For 4-6 people = 142 000 RUB.
For 3 people = 182 000 RUB.
For 2 people = 259 000 RUB.
For 1 person = 492 000 RUB.

If you would like to receive discount, write us to learn conditions.

Group trip package includes:

  • Letter of Invitation (if requested).
  • English-and-German-speaking tour leader.
  • Transfers as per itinerary.
  • Guide/s during hiking toward/among/from Kisilyakh Stones.
  • Accommodation at the camp on the Toustakh River (wooden house with twin rooms, outdoor wooden toilet, sauna house, kitchen house).
  • Accommodation at Kisilyakh site in a wooden cabin, outdoor toilet house.
  • Accommodation in Batagay at a private hotel (twin rooms with WC & shower).
  • Entry tickets to one museum in Verkhoyansk and one museum in Batagay.
  • Meals as per itinerary.

Does NOT include:

  • accommodation, meals and activities in Yakutsk;
  • air tickets to/from Batagay (if you need our assistance, let us know) (round trip cost is ±35 000 RUB; depends on the time of purchase);
  • a day trip to GULAGs (to be ordered as extra activity and embedded in the published itinerary; extra cost depends on the final size of the group).

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 Expedition

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: July – August 2018
Expedition Status: guaranteed irrespective of the quantity of invited travelers.
Group size: 1-5 international travelers + 3 Even guides + 1 herder with his own reindeer caravan + 1 English-speaking guide.
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.
Day 1 – Breakfast at hotel. Driving Yakutsk to Tomtor. With expedition team by an off-road minivan. Crossing the rivers Lena, Aldan. Lunch & dinner at roadside cafes en route.
Day 2 – Arrival to Tomtor in the morning. Lunch and dinner at family’s. Accommodation in a guesthouse.
Day 3 – 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 – 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 – Spare time at Lake Labynkyr. Fishing, hiking. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a wooden cabin / tent.
Day 6 – Trekking to the southern part of Lake Labynkyr, 17 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 7 – Huge pike fishing at Lake Labynkyr. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 8-9 – 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 – Stay at Lake Vodorazdelnoe. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 11 – Trekking through the mountain pass to the Ulbya River, 20 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 12 – Trekking to the Koukhtui River, 15 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 13 – Trekking to reindeer herders’ summer base on a bank of the Koukhtui River, 17 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 14 – Stay at herders’ base. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 15 – Stay at herders’ base. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 16 – 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 – Rafting on the Okhota River to the place of Lake Nek, 36 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 18 – Rafting on the Okhota River to the mouth of the Delka-Okhotskaya River, 36 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 19 – 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 – Lake Uega. Fishing. Sauna. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 21-22 – Rafting on the Okhota River to herders’ village of Arka. Arrival in the evening. Dinner. Sauna. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 23 – Free day in Arka. Excursion across the settlement. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 24 – Free day in Arka. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 25 – 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 group expedition in July 2018

For a group of 5 people = 7 315 USD per person.
For a group of 3 people = 8 799 USD per person.
For a group of 2 people = on request.
Individual = on request.

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 45 days before the start of the tour.
– Expedition cost is set up in USD.
– 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!

Yakutian Horse Farm & Siberian Breeders

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

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

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

Tour Details:

Duration: 1-n-2-day trip.
Summer/autumn period: June – September (with the use of a transport ferry for river crossing).
Autumn period: October – November (with the use of a passenger hovercraft for river crossing).
Winter period: late November till early April (by an ice road across the Lene River).
Dates: any day on request only.
Group size: 1-4 pax.

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

Hunting is not included. Requires an extra day.

Photography:

Breeding farm in September:

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutian horses & farm in the wintertime:

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

Yakutian Horse Farm in January:

Photo credit: Pavel Filippov.

1-DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE FARM TOUR IN SUMMER:

Itinerary:

08:00 – Transfer to the river port.
– Crossing the Lena River from Yakutsk to Nizhny Bestyakh (on the map) by a passenger speed boat, 16 km.
– Driving from Nizhny Bestyakh to Mayya (on the map), 35 km.
– Visit to the place of the annual Yakut national holiday “Ysyakh.” Visit to Mayya Regional Museum of History. Mayya is a homeland for Manchaary, who was a Sakha hero like Robin Hood. A couple of centuries ago, he helped poor people and protected them from wealthy ones.
– Lunch at family’s in the village.
– Road trip to the Yakutian horse breeding farm, deep in the forest, 20 km from Maya. Observing horses on the way. Time at horsebreeders’ farm. Feeding Yakutian horses and other breeders’ activities.
– Snacks/tea at breeders’ place.
19:00 – 21:00 – Way back to Yakutsk.

Price:

Without an interpreter

For 3 person = 9 700 RUB per person.
For 2 person = 13 800 RUB per person.
For 1 person = 26 000 RUB.

With an interpreter

For 3 person = 12 600 RUB per person.
For 2 person = 18 100 RUB per person.
For 1 person = 34 700 RUB.

Includes:

– transport from Yakutsk to a horse breeding farm and back;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide (if ordered);
– entry tickets;
– horse-related activities;
– horse breeders’ work;
– meals (lunch + snacks/tea).

Does NOT include:

– extra day at the farm with sauna and overnight at a log cabin.

1-DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE FARM TOUR IN WINTER:

Period: November 20th – April 14th

Itinerary:

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

Price for Winter 2018-2019:

Without an interpreter

For 1-3 person = 21 700 RUB per group.

With an interpreter

For 1-2 person = 28 900 RUB per group.

Includes:

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

Doesn’t include:

– VAT/tax.

2-DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE FARM TOUR IN WINTER:

Period: November 20th – April 14th

Itinerary:

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

Price for Winter 2018-2019:

Without an interpreter

For 1-3 people = 28 900 RUB per group.

With an interpreter

For 1-2 people = 43 400 RUB per group.

Includes:

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

Does NOT include:

– extra day for hunting;
– VAT.

Book your Siberian horsebreeders’ experience

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

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

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

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: May 25th – August 11th, 2019. Earlier you come, more ice you see.
Route: Yakutsk – Bestyakh – Glacier of Lake Buluus – Turuuk Khaia Cliff – Kyuryulyur Waterfalls

Dates

Any date on 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 doesn’t melt in June and July. It might be affected by rains and heat in August. 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
  • 14, 17, 20/21, 25, 26/27, 28 July 2019 – Looking for travel mates on a traveler’s request.
  • Any date for a private trip.

We do not gather groups for specific dates. All trips are private and done upon request. If you need travel mates to share transport expenses, please, let us know your wished date, 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, 10 km.
08:40 – 10:00 – Crossing the Lena River by a ferry, 16 km.
10:00 – 11:30 – Transfer from a ferry to Buluus Glacier, 96 km.
11:30 – 14:00 – Free time on the Glacier of Lake Buluus. Time for lunch (not included).
14:00 – 15:00 – Transfer to the Kyuryulyur River, 33 km. With a stop by Turuuk Khaia Cliff.
15:00 – 17:00 – Free time on Turuuk Khaya Cliff with a splendid view on the dense Siberian forest (taiga).
17:00 – 18:00 – Drive back to the ferry, 98 km.
18:30 – 20:00 – Crossing the Lena River by a transport ferry.
±20:30 – Back to hotel.

Download the PDF file with description and rates.

Tour Cost

Rates for Summer 2019

For 5 people = 4 500 RUB per person.
For 4 people = 5 500 RUB per person.
For 3 people = 6 800 RUB per person.
For 2 people = 9 500 RUB per person.
For 1 person = 18 500 RUB.

If you have a group of bigger size, please, let us know. More people, less the final rate.

Includes:

– off-road transport w/ driver (Toyota Land Cruiser 105/Prado for 1-3 people, minibus Toyota Hiace for 4 and more people);
– ferry passes for transport and passengers (round trip).

Not include:

– meals & drinks;
– entry tickets to the Glacier of Lake Buluus, Turuuk Khaia Cliff and the Kyuryulyur River (obligatory) (500 RUB per person);
– German-/French-/Spanish-/Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide (optional) (if ordered, 8500 RUB per day).

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) (+WhatsApp).

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.

GULAG Labour Camp

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

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

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

Accessable in the wintertime. Upon request only.

Photographs

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

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Transport We Use

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

3-Day Guided Tour to GULAG Labour Camp

General Info

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

Highlights

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

Itinerary

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

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

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

3-Day Gulag Tour Cost

Rates for Winter 2018

For 4 travelers = on request.
For 3 travelers = on request.
For 2 travelers = on request.
For 1 traveler = on request.

We prefer to calculate a precise travel budget.

Package includes:

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

NOT included:

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

Booking & Payment Conditions

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

Did you know that…

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

Book Your GULAG Trip

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

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

Yakutsk + Lena Pillars Winter Tour

Winter tour to Yakutsk, Siberia Russia. 2 days. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

YAKUTSK + LENA PILLARS WINTER TOUR
2 Full Days in the Coldest City on Earth

Extreme cold weather, delicous food, dog sledding, mammoth-aged animals, Lena Pillars Nature Park… Everything to enjoy in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia, for 2 days. If you wish to stay more days, just let us know.

Yakutsk Winter Tour Photographs

Dog sledding to Shaman Tree

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, German-speaking guide. See more pictures at our online project, YakutiaPhoto.com.

Lena Pillars Nature Park in Winter

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev. See all our winter photographs of Lena Pillars at YakutiaPhoto.com.

Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel Complex

Ice tunnel photographs by Ajar Varlamov, German-speaking guide. See more pictures at our online project, YakutiaPhoto.com. Photo of Yukagir Mammoth head and woolly rhino by the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Mammoth Museum

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

Restaurant of Chochur Muran Ethno Complex

Yakutsk Winter Weather

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk Winter Video

Yakutsk Winter Tour in Winter 2018-2019

2-Day Standard Yakutsk Winter Tour

Recommended Period

December 2018 – March 2019.

Dates

Private City Tour

  • Any days on request.

Group City Tour

  • If you need travel mates, let us know your wished dates so we could announce them over here.
Itinerary, 2 full days

Day 1 – Yakutsk

— Arrival in Yakutsk Airport in the morning.
— Transfer to hotel. Check-in at hotel.
— Free time in hotel.

09:30 — 11:00 — Picking up at hotel. Driving around the city. Stops by at the Old Town as well as the famous outdoor Fish Market.
11:00 — 12:00 — Visit to the Atlasovs’ Sakha ethnographic complex. With a traditional ceremony of purification and blessing. Excursion with a deep insight into the culture and traditions of the Sakha people.
12:00 — 13:00 — Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel complex inside Chochur Muran hill. This is the place to observe the unique collection of ice sculptures and the remains of unique paleontology discoveries.
13:00 — 14:00 — Lunch at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant (included).
14:00 — 16:00 — Sled dog safari to the Shaman Tree, 17 km, with a support snowmobile. Travelers are provided with warm fur clothes.
16:00 — 17:30 — Early dinner w/ a cooking workshop and a chance to taste the cuisine of the North Siberian peoples including Indigirka (salad out of frozen salmon), Stroganina, etc (included).
17:30 — 18:00 — Transfer back to hotel.

Final timing depends on the factual duration of each activity.
Feel free to customize the first day.

Day 2 — Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park

Trip length: ~200 km one way.
Duration: 12-14 hr (depends on the quantity and duration of stops on the way).
Transport: 4wd off-road vehicle.

07:30 — 07:45 — Picking up by a guide at hotel.
08:00 — Exiting Yakutsk.
08:00 — 13:30 — Drive to the village of Batagai located on the Western bank of the Lena River in front of Lena Pillars Nature Park. Distance is 200 km. On the way, we do stops at caves and ancient rock paintings.
13:30 — 16:30
— Break with hot tea.
— Crossing the Lena River to Lena Pillars by a snowmobile. Passengers sit on a sleigh.
— Lunch inside a warm wooden house. Food provided by a Yakutsk-based restaurant.
— Free time on the territory of Lena Pillars. Going upstairs to the view deck on top of pillars, if a track is snow free.
16:30 — 17:00 — Back to a minivan by a snowmobile. Little break with hot tea.
17:00 — The way back to Yakutsk.
21:30 — Back to hotel.

Day 3 – Departure.

— Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.
— Flight out of Yakutsk.

Feel free to order the tailor-made tour.

Tour Cost for Winter 2018-2019

For 4 travelers = 26 000 RUB / 33 000 RUB per person.
For 3 travelers = 30 000 RUB / 39 000 RUB per person.
For 2 travelers = 37 000 RUB / 51 000 RUB per person.
For 1 traveler = 58 000 RUB / 87 000 RUB.

The first price stands for the plan without an interpreter service. It’s for those, who can speak Russian fluently. Second for the one with an interpreter.

We can provide discounts. Write us to learn out conditions and your quote.

Download the PDF file with itinerary and cost explanation.

Includes:

– Transfers airport to hotel and hotel to airport (without an interpreter).
– Interpreter service for city tour and day trip to Lena Pillars on Days 1-2 (if ordered).
– Transfers in Yakutsk on Day 1 (as per itinerary) (we use Toyota Land Cruiser / Toyota Hiace / Mitsubishi Delica).
– Entry tickets to the Atlasovs’ complex and the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel complex on Day 1.
– Dog sledding to Shaman Tree and related expenses.
– Lunch and dinner at the “Chochur Muran” complex on Day 1.
– Transport for a trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park, 200 km one way.
– Snowmobile use for crossing the Lena River.
– Entry ticket/s to Lena Pillars Nature Park.
– Meals (packed in lunch boxes) on Day 2.

Not included:

– Visa support (Letter of Invitation).
– Air tickets to/from Yakutsk.
– Accommodation in Yakutsk.
– Warm clothing rental (request the quote).
– Entry tickets and activities not mentioned in the itinerary.

Frequantly Asked Questions

What warm clothes to wear?

– Thermo underwear (woolen, preferably);
– sweater (thick woolen)
– scarf (woolen)
– warm pants (for instance, texapore or thick jeanse);
– warm high boots (uggi/valenki/fur boots);
– dawn parka with hood;
– fur hats;
– gloves.

Do you provide warm clothes?

We can provide visitors with the set of warm clothes for rental. If you wish to purchase warm fur clothes in Yakutsk, we can do it. Why not?! It’s also a big fun experience.

What rate will be just for the day trip to Lena Pillars?

Please, find the answer on the page Lena Pillars in Winter.

What else to do in Yakutsk?

– Visit Sakha Fine Arts Exhibit, Yakutia Treasury Showroom, Mammoth Museum, etc. Please, note that some venues are open on work days only.
– Do shopping. Fur clothes, souvenirs, diamonds, etc.
– 1/2-day Ice Fishing on the Lena River. Learn more.
– Day trip to a Yakutian horse farm.
– 2-day trip to Yakutian horse breeding farm.

What month is it better to experience the extreme cold weather?

Actually from the early December till the end of February. According to our observation, the lowest temperatures might be felt in the middle of December, the middle of January and the first two weeks of February.

Is it possible to extand Yakutsk winter tour with travel to Oymyakon?

Yes, sure. Please, check Oymyakon travel page. We have different options.

You can also go with us to Magadan, Tiksi, Verkhoyansk, and Mirny.

Don’t hesitate to request the customized tour from us.

BOOK THE TRIP WITH US

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

Winter tour to Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia! Experience the extreme cold weather, delicous food, dog sledding, mammoth & permafrost museums, and embark the ice road trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park.