Arrangement of travels, tours, expeditions in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Summer 2014.

Praise god, the winter season is almost over.

Now I have plenty of free time to prepare travels, tours and expeditions in Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) for summer 2014.

If you need my help, ask me!

If you wish to participate in the organized travel, check VisitYakutia.com
Note: 2014 summer tours descriptions are currently under development.

Winter photos: Adventure Travellers Expedition Stickers on the cash box or cash tube at Kyubyume (Kubeme) on the Road of Bones, Kolyma M56. February 2014, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Adventure Travellers’ Expedition Stickers on the cash box or cash tube at Kyubyume (Kubeme) on the Road of Bones, Kolyma M56. February 2014, Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

Cuba road cade at Kubeme fuel station on the Road of Bones, Kolyma M56. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Kyubyume fuel station is also remarkable for the “Cuba” road cafe. Very friendly Sergey, who owns it, is in the picture.

Every winter in February I travel on the Kolyma M56 road (also known as Stalin’s Road of Bones) and every time I take the same photo of the same cash box (read cash tube) at the gas station in Kyubyume (Kubeme). So, I noted that more and more adventure expedition stickers appeared on it.

Previously, there were not so many adventurers’ stickers on the tube. To compare, take a look at further photographs and find yours!

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Yakutsk Hotels Map

The 2GIS app is a good tool to navigate through Yakutsk, Russia. All organizations are listed, including hotels and guest houses. Unfortunately, the app comes in Russian only.

Very often asked about hotels in the city of Yakutsk. Praise god, most of them have their own websites. Check out the following list that I usually send to travelers at request.

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Oymyakon extrem cold winter ice swimming. Andrey Vinokurov in the photo. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov.

Oymyakon extrem cold winter ice swimming. Andrey Vinokurov in the photo. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov.

Hereby, I continue the series of stories about the toughest people living in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia.

This time, it’s about Andrey Vinokurov, a school physical education trainer from the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley. Yes, it’s very place known to the world as the coldest inhabited place on Earth.

Now he’s a type of celebrity. People says, It’s the very guy who excercises winter swimming in the never-freezing Kuydusun River. And it was him, who swam together with a Hollywood actor, Tom Hardy, in Discovery’s TV Show “Driven to Extremes.”

When you’ll see the following photographs and video taken by my travel partner Mikhail Mestnikov once in the winter at -52C, feel free to call Andrey’s activity as the world’s coldest ice winter swimming. Why not, if it takes places in the coldest place? ;)

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Siberian truckers getting their KAMAZ trucks for the harsh Arctic winter-and-ice roads in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Phot taken in a garage in Yakutsk by Bolot Bochkarev

Siberian truckers getting their KAMAZ trucks for the harsh Arctic winter-and-ice roads in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Phot taken in a garage in Yakutsk by Bolot Bochkarev

These truck drivers work on KAMAZ only. They are freelancers and prefer to work on the Arctic direction… Anabar. Tiksi. Kolyma. Chukotka… This is where they go. TOUGHEST TRUCKERS IN SIBERIA!

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Oymyakon Tourism. Trips Planned for Winter 2013-2014

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
February 2014

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.

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, Republic 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.

A Yakutian horse, the unique horse breed kept highly in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. The best Yakutian horses dwell in 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.

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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.

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Red fox and Slava Mestnikov on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov, VisitYakutia.com

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.

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Road sign: distance from Temply Klyuch to Magadan, Deputatsky, Ust Kuiga, Batagai, Topolinoe. Photo by Ekaterina Isaeva.

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