Mechanic Koulibin ship/boat on the Lena River from Yakutsk to Tiksi in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, North-East Siberia, Russia

Received a very interesting question. It’s interesting, as I’ve never heard it.

An international visitor decided to travel from Yakutsk to Tiksi along the Lena River by the regular public passenger boat “Mechanic Koulibin.” By the way, it’s the longest river journey that is possible to do in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia’s North-East Siberia.

He’s worry about the safety of such a journey. Not in terms of the ship’s liability and security, but in regards to local people, who tend to travel on the ship.

First, he shared his worries with his contact in Yakutsk, Russia. As that man lives in the city and had never traveled by that mean, he asked someone around and got back with the negative feedback, “Passengers on the boat might be dangerous,” and recommended to fly from Yakutsk to Tiksi by plane instead.

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Mammoth fauna poleantology expedition to the Yana River in the Ust Yansky region of Yakutia, Arctic, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Mammoth fauna poleantology expedition to the Yana River in the Ust Yansky region of Yakutia, Arctic, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Mammoth fauna poleantology expedition to the Yana River in the Ust Yansky region of Yakutia, Arctic, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Here’s one of frequantly asked questions:

Is it possible to arrange the paleontology expedition to find the remains of mammoth and ancient animals in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia)?

Answer: Definitely, yes.

I’m really feeling myself guilty of not sharing my last year’s travel experience from Yakutsk to the Yana River in the Ust Yansky District of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia’s North-East Siberia. Approximately 60 km south-east of local fishermen’s village of Kazache (Казачье, in Russian).

The area we have visited with the filmmaking crew – can’t say which one yet, has two names. Read more…

Mechanic Koulibin passenger ship at river port in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

The 2014 summer timetable for the “Mechanic Koulibin” public passenger ship that sails on the Lena River between Yakutsk and Tiksi… That’s what I am asked by travellers often these days.

I got in touch with the owner of Mechanic Koulibin and found out the following information.

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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 to stay in the city of Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia. Praise god, most of them have their own websites. Check out the following list of recommendations that I usually send to international 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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