Winter arrived! Hereby I remind my blog readers about upcoming Oymyakon-related trips arranged together with VisitYakutia.com.
Currently, we gather for the following dates:
Oymyakon. 6-Day Travel to the Coldest Place in the World.
14 – 19 January 2014
18 – 23 February 2014
Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan. 10-Day Coldest in the World Road Trip
15 – 24 January 2014
05 – 14 February 2014
Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Verkhoyansk. Siberian Triangle of the Coldest Places. 12-Day Trip
Please, check out the listed links to learn details and prices for Oymyakon-related winter tours and see travel photographs and videos.
Enjoy the real Siberian winter with us!
Winter in Batagay town, administrative center of Verkhoyansky District, Republic of Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.
65-year-old wolf hunter, Nikolay Chirikov. He lives in the traditional Yakutian village in the eastern part of Verkhoyansky District.
Yakutian horse, the unique horse breed kept highly in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. The best Yakutian horses dwell in Verkhoyansky District.
I have returned to Yakutsk from the 5-day travel across Verkhoyansky District of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) that, as you might know, competes Oymyakon for the title “the world’s coldest inhabited place.” I guess, the argument wouldn’t ever stop between two almost similiar Yakutian regions.
Indeed, it’s pretty cold over there. When we’ve been the last week, it was much below minus 30 degrees Celcius on the warmest days and something around -40C at night.
Further, please, see 69 selected winter travel photographs and my short story.
This is the video of hunters heading from their Arctic home village of Kazache to Great Lyakhovsky Island (wiki) to hunt. They go for hunting by snowmobiles with patrol and food in April, and come back home by motor boats in the late August or September.
“Misha, I’m going to hunt. Don’t wait for me. I will be away for a long time…”, says a male voice in the beginning.
Slava Mestnikov, a friend of mine, is chased by a red fox on the Kolyma highway in September. Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov/VisitYakutia.com.
This is the photo report on the recent Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan overland travel done by my partners, Slava & Mikhail Mestnikov. We work together in the tour operating company, Nord Stream LLC (VisitYakutia.com).
September 20 – 26, 2013, they did the road trip with Catalonians. One of them was Ignasi Calvo, a friend of mine, who is actually director of the Barcelona-based travel agency GR11 Viajes.
The late September is good time to travel along the M56 Kolyma highway (Road of Bones). Officially it’s the autumn month, but actually it looks more like mild winter. In the beginning, you might see gold-color trees. In the end, the surrrounding is utterly white.
A road sign on the M56 Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones). It shows the distance from the turn near Temply Klyuch to Magadan, Deputatsky, Ust Kuiga, Batagai, Topolinoe. Photo credit: Ekaterina Isaeva on Instagram.
This is the picture of the road sign that might be served as the answer to the question, “What distance is from the M56 Kolyma highwway (also known as the Road of Bones) to Topolinoe, Batagai, Ust Kuiga and Deputatsky?”
As you know, Topolinoe (Тополиное) is the village of Eveny reindeer herders in Tomponsky District, Batagai (Батагай) is the administrative center of Verkhoyansky District located near the town of Verkhoyansk, Ust Kuiga (Усть-Куйга) and Deputatsky (Депутатский) are settlements in Ust Yansky District that is above Verkhoyansky district in the North.
Distance info + Maps
M56 Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones) in the middle of October. Between Yakutsk and Oymyakon. Republic Sakha (Yakutia), Siberia, Russia. Photo by Mac Mackenney, MaxAdventure.co.uk. Especially for AskYakutia.com
When does the first snowfall happen on the Kolyma highway (also known as M56 and the Road of Bones) in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia? How does it look like in October? Is it dangerous to drive on the road? When do ferries stop crossing rivers on the route? Etc, etc, etc…
In the upcoming winter 2013 – 2014, we are happy to offer your exciting winter adventure travels. Check out them all:
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Lena River is without a bridge yet. Yakutsk is connected with the mainland with boats and ferries. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.
Often asked about the bridge to be constructed across the Lena River near the city of Yakutsk. The government of Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) had created such a plan a long time ago and it seemed to be unreal and nobody was sure, if it could become true.
Good news! The Lena River bridge will be constructed. The cost is multibillion dollars. The Moscow Times reports, this Tuesday “the federal road agency, Rosavtodor, revealed the initial participants Tuesday in Moscow for a multibillion dollar tender to build a long-awaited vehicular bridge across the Lena River in northeastern Siberia.”
Yes, it is possible to chart a helicopter and fly high out of Yakutsk, the capital of Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia, and do a tour along the Lena River, for instance, to the Buluus glaciers, Lena Pillars Nature Park or Pillars on the Sinyaya River.
Further, see the aerial photographs of my recent flight by Eurocopter on the route Yakutsk – Buluus – Lena Pillars Nature Park on the Lena River – Pillars on the Sinyaya River and back to Yakutsk. I was extremely lucky to get in such a great opportunity to travel.
Kolyma Road now on June 18th, 2013. Photo credit: ykt.ru
Good news for all adventure travellers, who are heading to ride/drive on the Kolyma Highway from Yakutsk to Magadan this summer.
The last related question received today:
“I’m on my way to Yakutsk and further on to Magadan… Today a nice Russian told me that the M56 is interrupted.
He said it was washed away about 100 Km after Yakutia… Do you have any informations about it?”
Read the Answer