THE MINING CAPITAL OF THE SOVIET ARCTIC
NORILSK – DUDINKA – KAYERKAN - TALNAKH
DAY 1 - Dudinka
Our tour guide will meet you in the arrival hall of Norilsk International Airport (exact meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email in accordance to your flight schedule).
Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Taymyr.
Transfer to Dudinka, a major port town along the Yenisei River and the capital of the Taymyrsky Dolgano-Nenetsky District, a semi-autonomous subdivision within the immense Krasnoyarsk region created ad hoc to grants some sort of (rather illusory) political representation to the indigenous Dolgan and Nenets people.
We’ll spend the rest of the day touring Dudinka and its surroundings: Soviet monuments, concrete apartment blocks, polar landscapes and fur and fish markets.
Dinner and overnight in Dudinka.
DAY 2 - Norilsk
We’ll leave Dudinka in the morning and head east towards Norilsk, an exquisitely Soviet urban construct and the world’s largest city north of the polar circle.
The road connecting Dudinka to Norilsk runs parallel to Norilsk Polar Railway, which was partially constructed by the prisoners of the infamous Norillag forced-labour camp and now owned by Norilsk Nickel, a large mining conglomerate extracting nickel and other raw materials from the area.
Short before Norilsk, we’ll stop at the abandoned military outpost of Alykel and in the rough-and-ready mining town of Kayerkan, perfect places to hunt for Soviet relics and urban decay.
Once in Norilsk, we’ll spend a few hours touring both the city’s highlights (Lenin Statue, City Museum, Drama Theatre) and its lesser-known sides, such as Nurdi Kamal, the world’s northern mosque.
Dinner and overnight in Norilsk.
DAY 3 - Talnakh
Today we’ll take an excursion out of Norilsk to visit the satellite town of Talnakh on the eastern bank of the Norilsk River, where we’ll take an extensive photo-architectonic tour through the many unconventional wonders of its Soviet-planned urban grid and the steampunk industrial outskirts.
If dystopian post-Soviet landscapes aren’t exactly your cup of tea you may opt for some laidback hours on the shores of Kyllakh-Kyuyel lake just outside of town: a popular retreat for local couples and families alike.
In the afternoon we’ll transfer back to Norilsk to enjoy a last walk among the imposing Stalinist shapes of the city centre before eventually closing off the tour with a grand dinner at the best restaurant in town.
Overnight in Norilsk.
DAY 4 - Flight back home or onward journey to further Soviet destinations
After enjoying a last Arctic breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to Norilsk International Airport your trip back home and/or your connection to yet another exciting destination in the region such as Tuva, Altai or the Putorona Plateau.
End of the tour.
3 to 6 participants: 990 € per person
Regular monthly departures
The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 18 euros/night), private transport in the region (car or minivan), entrance fees for the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.
The price does not include: international flights, meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.