Kolyma

A JOURNEY THROUGH REMOTE LANDS OF untamed wilderness AND DARK HISTORY 

Yakutsk – Ust-Nera – Oymyakon – Susuman – Magadan


Tour dates

Regular monthly departures: this tour is offered regularly once a month. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the ask-us button below and we will match your preferences with the relevant scheduled group departure. If you are unsure about the month you wish to travel in, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will give you a wide range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours! 

Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with friends and there are 5 or more of you, you can set your own dates and we will organise a tour just for you without charging any additional fee. If you are travelling solo or with less than 4 companions we will organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.

Please note: this journey follows two slightly different routes in Yakutia depending on which season you'd like to travel in: the late-spring/summer route is shorter (eight days in Yakutia) as it doesn't include Oymyakon, whereas the winter one (recommended) includes both Oymyakon and Tomtor plus a visit to a reindeer herders' winter camp. The price difference between the two options amounts to 400 € per person.


ITINERARY

Day 1 - Yakutsk

  • In the morning you will meet your tour guide in the lobby of the designated hotel (exact hotel address and meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email; private airport pickup and shuttle service available for a small additional fee).
  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in the Russian Far East.
  • Yakutsk walking tour: Lenin Avenue, Permafrost Museum, State Drama Theatre, Transfiguration Cathedral, WWII Memorial and plenty of Soviet architecture and socialist monuments. 
  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Yakutsk

Day 2 - Lena Pillars

  • Today we'll enjoy a long day trip to the majestic Lena Pillars, the world-famous rock formations towering over the Lena river just a couple of hours south of Yakutsk. 
  • In summer the trip will be done by speedboat, whereas in winter you will travel by jeep on the so called "winter road" (that is the frozen surface of the river).
  • The excursion will last between 10 and 12 hours and includes a short ascension hike to the panorama deck and some free exploration time in the park, which you can spend either wandering along one of the many trails crisscrossing the surrounding forest or simply enjoying a Yakutian-style picnic at the camping area. 
  • Along the way to the pillars, if time permits, we will stop in Bulgunnyakhtakh, a traditional Yakutian village with an impossible-to-pronounce toponymic. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Yakutsk

Day 3 - Kolyma Highway

  • We'll leave Yakutsk early in the morning and embark on an epic journey along the Kolyma Highway, also known as the Road of Bones, because the skeletons of the forced laborers who died during its construction were used in many of its foundations.
  • Right after Yakutsk, we will cross the Lena River. In winter time we'll drive on the frozen surface of the river.
  • We’ll also pass through Nizhny Bestyakh, an important transport hub where two federal roads – the Amur-Yakutsk Highway from the southern town of Neryungri and the Kolyma Highway to Magadan – meet each other.
  • We'll then head east-northeast to semi-abandoned Khandyga, a Soviet-made town that used to be quite busy and prosperous back in the good old days, as the area was intensively mined for coal and gold and its airport served as one of the main hubs for the Alaska-Siberia Air Route during WWII.
  • Besides the routine pauses for food, toilet and random landscape pictures, we'll break the 8-to-10-hour journey to Khandyga in several traditional Yakutian settlements, such as Cherkyokh, where we'll visit the local open-air museum. 
  • Along the road, it’s also possible to see roaming Yakutian horses, native horse breed adapted to dwell in the extreme cold climate, and able to locate and graze on vegetation hidden under the deep snow cover.
  • Dinner and overnight in Khandyga

Day 4 - Kolyma Highway

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  • Dinner and overnight in Ust-Nera

Winter only add-on (2 days)  - Oymyakon, Tomtor and Reindeer Herders' Camp

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  • Dinner and overnight in Oymyakon

Day 5 - Kolyma Highway

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  • Dinner and overnight in Susuman

Day 6 - Gulag Archipelago

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  • Dinner and overnight in Magadan

Day 7 - Magadan

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  • Dinner and overnight in Magadan

Day 8 - Sea of Okhotsk

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  • Dinner and overnight in Magadan

DAY 9 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations  

  • After enjoying a last Soviet-style breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to the airport/train station of choice.  
  • For those flying out: we will arrange transfer to Magadan International Airport for your flight back home.
  • For those wishing to take the train/bus to reach further destinations: we will arrange transport to the local train/bus station.
  • End of the tour. 

PRICE

3 to 9 participants: 4050


The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 20 euros/night), private transport in the region (jeep or minivan), entrance fees to the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.

The price does not include: international flights and any other flight not explicitly included in the tour price and itinerary, meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.

The route of this tour has been carefully designed after several research trips in the region. It is, however, always possible to slightly modify the itinerary according to the needs and the suggestions of the participants. Our motto is flexibility


where the heck am i travelling to?  

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POSSIBLE TOUR COMBINATIONS FOR THIS ITINERARY INCLUDE

Kamchatka and/or Sakhalin