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.

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.


09 – 17 September 2019.


– 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.


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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


  • 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).


  • 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.


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