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Yakutia: a Trip to Russian Permafrost
January 17, 2019 11:35


What do usually people know about Yakutia?   It is very far away, it is incredibly cold, there is nothing interesting there, and there is always a question - how do people live there? In fact, only a small part of such stereotypes is close to reality. No doubt, Yakutia is severe, cold and exotic. The pole of cold is located here, and it is the coldest region of Russia.

The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is the largest region of Russia; its area corresponds to 2/3 of the whole  territory of Europe. Almost 90% of the territory is in the condition of permafrost. More than 50% of the territory is located in the Arctic Circle. Temperature difference between summer and winter is more than 100 degrees!

The cold is the factor that has been holding back the tourist flow in winter for many years, but now the concept of winter tourism has changed dramatically. Cold is a new brand in the tourist infrastructure of Yakutia. There is authenticity in almost every detail.

Yakutia is a country of diamonds.

The Yakut breed of horses is a traditional local meat breed. Horses never feel cold.

Life in the north is very difficult. The land is a permafrost zone with a depth of up to 500 meters, houses are built on stilts, and all communications go above the ground. Pipe break  is an extreme catastrophe that must be repaired within a few hours, since after this time the water in the system will freeze.

Different kinds of fish are sold on the street in boxes, like flowers here. Meat sellers do not need refrigerators in winter.

Active Holidays in Yakutia

The magnificent nature of Yakutia attracts tourists all year round. Guests of Yakutia enjoy alpine skiing, rafting on numerous rivers of various categories of complexity,  trekking, climbing mountain peaks, and going on unforgettable cruises along the Lena River.

Expedition to the Pole of Cold

It is well known that the point of absolute cold of the entire northern hemisphere of the planet Earth is in Yakutia. All over the world there are no more places where people live and work all the time at such low temperatures for centuries. The average monthly temperature in January is -49.5 ... 62 ° C. Visiting these places, you can get acquainted with life, the way of thinking of wonderful and courageous people trying to live in the families of local residents. The main occupation of the aborigines is reindeer herding, horse breeding, hunting and fishing, fur farming, etc.

Fishing in Yakutia

Fishing in Yakutia is possible almost everywhere: the rivers are transparent, picturesque and absolutely pure. The natural environment has been preserved in its original form, the animal and plant world is extremely rich, and an incredible amount of fish is splashing in the waters. The biggest trophies for the spinningist are taimen and pike.

The only inconvenience is that there are practically no special fishing bases for tourists on the territory of the Republic. Fishermen, as a rule, live in tents and hunting huts, sometimes found along river valleys. A variety of vessels are used for fishing: inflatable boats, rafts, inflatable catamarans and metal boats.

The fishing season is June-September; the best period lasts from August 10 to September 15. At this time the fish is especially active, the water is stable, and there are few mosquitoes.

The cold is exotic and you shouldn’t be afraid of it. Frost does not change the fun.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Yakutia Sakha Republic Ecotourism   

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