New Year Holidays in Yakutsk, Russia

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

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

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

New Year Photographs

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

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

New Year Fireworks in Yakutsk

A view from Chochur Mouran hill.

Video credit: Maxim Shirikov.

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

4-Day Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

03 January 2017 / Day 4 – Departure.

— Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.

5-Day Extension

Days 1 – 3 are the same as described above.

03 January 2017 / Day 4 – Driving Yakutsk to Khandyga

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

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

Overnight at an apartment-based private hotel in Khandyga.

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

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

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

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

Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon or Tomtor.

05 January 2017 / Day 6 – Full Day in Oymyakon

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

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

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

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

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

Overnight in the “Angara” private hotel in Khandyga.

07 January 2018 / Day 8 – Driving Khandyga to Yakutsk

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

08 January 2018 года / Day 9 – Departure.

— Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.

Tour Cost

31 Dec 2017 – 03 Jan 2018

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

03 – 08 Jan 2018

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

31 Dec 2017 – 08 Jan 2018

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

10-percent discount is given for the early booking.

Package includes:

For Yakutsk-part

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

For Oymyakon-part

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

Package does NOT include:

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

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

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