Yakutsk City Tour

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

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

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

We offer 5-hr or 8-hr Yakutsk city tour. Enough to see major sightseeings, visit two museums, including Mammoth Museum, the Kingdom of Permafrost or Underground Laboratory of the Institute of Cryogenics and, certainly, overlook Yakutsk from the observation deck. City attractions are listed below.

If you need the full one-day itinerary or more specific spots to visit, for instance, artist workshops, craftsmen, etc, let us know.

Yakutsk City Tour Details

Details

Duration of tours: 11:00 – 19:00 or 14:00 – 19:00.
Meet up & end location: your hotel or place of your stay.
Language(s): English (fluent), German (fluent), French (fluent), Japanese (conversational), Korean (conversational), Chinese (conversational).

Group sizes might be as follows:
– 1-2 people;
– 1-4 people;
– 5-8 people;
– and bigger.

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

Standard City Tour Itineraties

8-hr City Tour (11:00 – 19:00):

10:45 – Meeting up at hotel. All transfers by car since this moment.
11:00 – 12:00 – Visit to Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).
13:00 – 13:45 – Walk across Old Town with the 19th century recreated buildings, souvenirs & jewelry shops, and the Russian Orthodox Church.
14:00 – 15:30 – Visit to Mammoth Museum of North-Eastern Federal University. With a lecture by a poleontolog.
16:00 – 17:00 – Visit to the Undgerground Lab of Permafrost Institute. With lecture by a scientist.
17:30 – 18:15 – Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” Ice Tunnel Complex.
18:15 – 19:00 – Walking up to the top of the Chochur Muran hill with view deck.
19:00 – Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex. W/ a chance to taste traditional meals.
21:00 – Transfer to hotel.

Prices for Summer 2016:

In a group of 4 travellers = 7533 RUB / 122 USD / 108 EUR per person.
In a group of 2 travellers = 12800 RUB / 206 USD / 183 EUR per person.
Individual = 24000 RUB / 387 USD / 343 EUR.

Feel free to customize an itinerary and its cost.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept Russian rubles by PayPal, USD/EUR by bank transfer.
**Corrected currency conversion rate, as of April 24th, 2016:
1 USD = 62 RUB;
1 EUR = 70 RUB.

Includes:

– hired Hyundai Starex minivan;
– English-/German-/French-/Spanish-speaking private guide;
– attraction entry tickets;
– VAT.

Not include:

– dinner at the “Chochur Muran” ethnocomplex restaurant.

5-hr City Tour (14:00 – 19:00):

14:00 – Meeting up at hotel. All transfers by car since this moment.
14:30 – 16:00 – Visit to Mammoth Museum of North-Eastern Federal University. With a lecture by a poleontolog.
16:30 – 17:30 – Visit to the Undgerground Lab of Permafrost Institute. With lecture by a scientist.
18:00 – 18:45 – Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” Ice Tunnel Complex.
19:00 – Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex. W/ a chance to taste traditional meals.
21:00 – Transfer to hotel.

Prices for Summer 2016:

In a group of 4 travellers = 6000 RUB / 97 USD / 86 EUR per person.
In a group of 2 travellers = 1067 RUB / 162 USD / 144 EUR per person.
Individual = 18867 RUB / 304 USD / 270 EUR.

Feel free to customize an itinerary and its cost.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept Russian rubles by PayPal, USD/EUR by bank transfer.
**Corrected currency conversion rate, as of April 24th, 2016:
1 USD = 62 RUB;
1 EUR = 70 RUB.

Includes:

– hired Hyundai Starex minivan;
– English-/German-/French-/Spanish-speaking private guide;
– attraction entry tickets;
– VAT.

Not include:

– dinner at the “Chochur Muran” ethnocomplex restaurant (~1500 RUB/person).

Day City Tour on Foot in Summer (10:00 – 21:00):

10:00 – Meeting up with a guide at hotel.

Recommended itinerary:

– Walk to the Old Town with the recreated 19th century buildings, souvenirs & jewelry shops, and the Russian Orthodox Church.
– Visit to Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).
– Lunch at the “Makhtal” restaurant with Yakut cuisine (not included).
– Visit to the Mammoth Museum of North-Eastern Federal University. With a lecture by a poleontolog.
– Visit to the Undgerground Lab of Permafrost Institute. With lecture by a scientist.
– Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” Ice Tunnel Complex.
– Walking up to the top of the Chochur Muran hill with view deck.
– Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex with Russian & Northern Peoples cuisine (not included).

21:00 – Back to hotel.

Prices for Summer 2016

In a group of 2 travellers = 5000 RUB* / 81 USD** / 71 EUR** per person.
Individual = 9600 RUB* / 155 USD** / 137 EUR** per person.

The tour on foot is done for 1-2 people, as local cabs have 3 passenger seats only.
For a group of 3 and more people, it’s recommended to use the hired minivan.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept Russian rubles by PayPal.
** Payment in USD/EUR might be accepted by international bank transfer. Corrected currency conversion rate, as of April 24th, 2016:
1 USD = 62 RUB;
1 EUR = 70 RUB.

Includes:

– English-/German-/French-/Spanish-speaking private guide.

Not include:

– attraction entry tickets (work day rates are 2200 RUB/PAX for a group of 2 people and 3200 RUB for an individual; in the weekend, rates are much higher and Yakutia’s Treasury is closed);
– lunch at the “Makhtal” restaurant (~1000 RUB/PAX);
– dinner at the “Chochur Muran” ethnocomplex restaurant (~1500-1800 RUB/PAX);
– transfers by taxi (up to 500 RUB per a ride; please, note that waiting for taxi might take 15-20 min and cabs are usually old Japanese vehicles).

About Yakutsk, Russia

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

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

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

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

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Attractions in Yakutsk, Russia

Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia)

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

Photographs by Ivan Dementievskiy.

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

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

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

Mammoth Museum

Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, Russia. City Tour.

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

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

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

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

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

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

Yakutsk Permafrost Institute Underground Lab

Yakutsk Permafrost Institute Underground Laboratory

Mobile photographs: Bolot Bochkarev.

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

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

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

The Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel inside Chochur Muran Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yakutsk Observation Deck / Viewpoint

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

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

Mobile photographs: Bolot Bochkarev.

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

Dinner at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant

Restaurant at Chochur Muran Ethno Complex in Yakutsk, Russia

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

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

Additionally

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

Consider the following:

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

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