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 1-4 traveler = on request.

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, 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…

Yakutian Horse & Siberian Breeders

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

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

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

Tour Details:

Duration: 1-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.

DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE BREEDING FARM TOUR IN SUMMER:

Itinerary:

08:00 – Picking-up at hotel in Yakutsk.
08:30 – 10:30 – Crossing the Lena River by a transport ferry between Yakutsk and Nizhny Bestyakh (on the map), 16 km. Stop for photographing on the river.
11:00 – 11:30 – Driving from Nizhny Bestyakh to Mayya, 35 km.
11:30 – 13:00 – 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.
13:00 – 14:30 – Lunch at family’s in the village.
14:30 – 18:00 – 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. Snacks and hot beverages in a log cabin.
19:00 – 21:00 – Way back to hotel in Yakutsk.

Price:

Without an interpreter

For 1-2 person = on request.

With an interpreter

For 1-2 person = on request.

Includes:

– transport from Yakutsk to a horse breeding farm and back;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide (if ordered);
– entry tickets;
– horse ride (different ways);
– horse breeders’ work;
– meals.

Does NOT include:

– extra day at the farm.

DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE BREEDING FARM TOUR IN WINTER:

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 1-2 person = 26 700 RUB.

With an interpreter

For 1-2 person = 35 000 RUB.

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.

2-DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE BREEDING FARM TOUR:

Itinerary:

Day 1

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

Day 2

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

Price for Winter 2018-2019:

For 2 people = 28000 RUB per person.
Individual = 56000 RUB.

Includes:

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

Does NOT include:

– extra day for hunting.

Book your Siberian horsebreeders’ experience

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

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

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

GULAG Labour Camp

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

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

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

Accessable in the wintertime. Upon request only.

Photographs

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

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Transport We Use

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

3-Day Guided Tour to GULAG Labour Camp

General Info

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

Highlights

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

Itinerary

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

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

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

3-Day Gulag Tour Cost

Rates for Winter 2018

For 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

  • 31 Dec 2018 – 02 Jan 2019 – New Year in Yakutsk + Dog Sledding + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Trip. Switch to the tour description page.
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 1 – 4 travelers = on request.

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 (as per itinerary).
– 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.

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: 1-4 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 Winter 2019:

For 1-4 travelers = 19 000 RUB per person
For a big group = on request.

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

Package includes:

– 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 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. In this case, our cost remains the same.

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

Travel to Oymyakon, Russia

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

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

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

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

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

OYMYAKON WEATHER VIDEO

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

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

OYMYAKON TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHS

Photographs taken in February

The above photographs were taken by Ajar Varlamov in February.

Photographs taken in March

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

Vehicles We Use in Winter

OYMYAKON TOUR MAP

Oymyakon-related Trip Options

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

TRIPS FOR WINTER 2018-2019:

Private Trips:

  • December 2018 – April 2019 – Tailor-made tours to Oymyakon on demand.

Group Trips:

  • 23 – 27 December 2018 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. MERRY CHRISTMAS IN SIBERIA! 3 seats left. Guaranteed.
  • 03 – 07 January 2019 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS IN OYMYAKON! 2 seats left. Guaranteed.
  • 21 – 28 January 2019 – Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. WINTER FAIRY! 2 spaces left. Guaranteed. A few travelers expressed their wish to extent a trip with a day excursion to Stalin GULAGs.
  • 04 – 11 February 2019 – Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. CHINESE NEW YEAR IN THE HEART OF SIBERIA!
  • 18 – 27 February 2019 – Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Magadan Winter Tour. A group of 7 and more travelers. Description with rates. Guaranteed. 1 seat left.
  • 04 – 11 March 2019 – Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. LESS COLD TIME.
  • 18 – 27 March 2019 – Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Magadan Winter Tour. A group of 7 and more travelers. Description with rates.
  • 28 March – 02 April 2019 – The Pole of Cold Festival Tour. A group of 4-10 travelers. On high demand.

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

OYMYAKON PRIVATE TOURS ON DEMAND:

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

6-DAY SELF-DRIVE TO OYMYAKON ON DEMAND:

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

Please, note that:

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

7-DAY OYMYAKON STANDARD TOUR ON DEMAND

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

Standard Tour Itinerary

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

Day 2: Yakutsk – Khandyga.

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

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

This day’s activity:

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

Day 3: Khandyga – Kyubyume – Oymyakon.

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

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

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

Actually we can do many stops.

Day 4: Oymyakon.

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

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

Day 5: Oymyakon – Tomtor – Oymyakon.

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

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

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

Day 6: Oymyakon – Khandyga.

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

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

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

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

Arrival in Khandyga late night.

Day 7: Khandyga – Yakutsk.

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

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

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

Departure Day Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.

Oymyakon Standard Tour Price for Winter 2018-2019

For 1 – 4 travellers = on request.

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

Includes:

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

At additional cost, if requested:

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

Does NOT include:

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

Booking and payment conditions:

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

Request the other options if:

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

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

Recommendations:

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

Oymyakon trip is also booked with:

Book Your Trip to the Coldest Inhabited Place on Earth!

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

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

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

Verkhoyansk Winter Tour

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

WINTER TRAVEL TO VERKHOYANSK, RUSSIA
4-Day Tour in Winter 2018-2019

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

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

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

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

Did you know?

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

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

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

Tour Highlights:

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

Route Map

Verkhoyansk Winter Travel Photos

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

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

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

If you need travel mates, please, write us.

Itinerary

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

Day 2 / Tuesday – DAY TRIP TO VERKHOYANSK. Breakfast at a guest house. 09:00 – 11:00 – Road trip by a Russian UAZ van to Verkhoyansk, 71 km, with stops for photo sessions. 11:00 – 12:00 – Driving around Verkhoyansk. Photo session at remarkable places, including the “Verkhoyansk” sign and the bank of the Yana River. Lunch. Visit to the Pole of Cold Museum. Driving back to Batagay. 1Dinner. Free time. Overnight in a guest house in Batagay.

Day 3 / Wednesday – DAY TRIP TO YAKUTIAN HORSE FARM. Breakfast at a guest house. 09:00 – 10:30 – Driving by a Russian UAZ van to Betenkes village, 50 km. With stops en route, especially at the Shaman Tree place with a view from the top of mountain pass. Time in a Yakut traditional village. Lunch at family’s. Trip to the Yakutian horse breeding farm. Distance from Betenkes to the farm is 10 km. Activities with Yakutian horses. Yakutian horse is a Siberian breed. Accustomed to live in the conditions of extreme cold weather. Way back to Batagay. Dinner. Free time. Overnight in a guest house in Batagay.

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

Feel free to request the customization of the itinerary.

4-Day Winter Tour Cost

For November 2018 – April 2019

For 4 travelers = 105 000 RUB / ± 1 382 EUR* per person.
For 3 travelers = 119 000 RUB / ± 1 566 EUR* per person.
For 2 travelers = 148 000 RUB / ± 1 947 EUR* per person.
For 1 traveler = 233 000 RUB / ± 3 061 EUR*.

*As of September 2018, average conversion rate: 1 EUR = 76 RUB.

Package includes:

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

Does NOT include:

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

Required to bring:

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

Some clothes might be provided for rental at additional cost.

BOOK YOUR TRIP TO VERKHOYANSK

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

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

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

Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROUTE MAP

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

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

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

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

GULAG CAMPS:

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

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

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