Lena River Cruise Itinerary
07/08/16 - 20/08/16
Day 1. Yakutsk.
Arrival to Yakutsk. Transfer to the river port. Check in to river
cruise boat. Optional Yakutsk city tour. At 19:00pm depart by boat
from Yakutsk. (D)
Day 2. Lenskie Pillars.
Arrival at the National Park "Lenskie Pillars " – a unique natural
phenomenon - abrupt rock columns up to 200 meters in height,
stretching along the river for 80 km. There is a good viewing
platform and in addition views of the Taiga itself. Departure from
Lenskie Pillars. (BLD)
Mouth of the Buotama River.
In 2006 the only in Russia nursery of Forest Bison was established
here. Bison’s were brought there from Canada to recover the Bison
population in Yakutia.(BLD)
In this area the Lena River enters the Central Yakut lowland region.
The valley ranges from 20km to 40km in width and the river itself
can be 7km to 15km in width. There are many lakes and marshes in the
river plain. The river has many branches (braided) so the actual
navigable channel can change. The river depth can reach 16-20
meters. On route there is an outflow of the Aldan river, one of the
largest tributary of the Lena river. During the river cruise one can
see the Verkhoyansk Mountains. The Lena banks keep disappearing and
a vast area of the river valley is occupied by islands and creeks.
Deserted, unsettled banks, pass by for many hundreds of kilometres.
Day 5. Zhigansk.
Zhigansk is the first settlement beyond the Polar circle. Zhigansk,
originally a fortified town, was established in 1632. The name
“Zhigansk” comes from the Tungus language and means “an inhabitant
of lower lands”. The main occupation of the local population is
hunting, fishing and cattle breeding. Zhigansk is an administrative
district centre with a population of over three thousand people. Our
ship will anchor in the river due to insufficient water depth and
you will be transferred to the riverbank by small boat. There will
be performance by local actors and musicians. (BLD)
Day 6. Kusur.
Our next stop is Kusur, a small settlement, North of the Arctic
Circle. Men are engaged in reindeer husbandry and hunting and the
women make national costumes decorated with fur and beads. The Kusur
will impress you by the simplicity of their village life, typical of
these extreme northern regions. The rural settlements have a
distinctive look derived from a severe climate and strong winds.
There is also the tragic history connected with hard life of people
who faced forced relocation from the Baltic states and Central Yakutia. (BLD)
If the weather allows there will be an excursion to the settlement
of Tiksi - the sea gates of Yakutia. The name of Tiksi is translated
from the Yakut language as a “place of meeting a mooring place”.
Tiksi appeared on the map in the middle of 1930s. The navigable
period here is extremely short – two to five months. During the
other none to ten months the Laptev sea is frozen with an ice
thickness up to two meters or more. In winter there are polar
nights: the sun seems to forget about this area. Darkness arrives
for several months. Sometimes one can observe polar lights in the
dark sky of the night. In summer there is a period of white nights.
The midnight Yakut sun beams almost 24 hours a day. (BLD)
The Lena River is one of the greatest rivers of Siberia, one of the
largest water arteries in the world. There is hardly a river in the
Arctic Eurasia that forms such a big estuary with an area of over
32,000 square km. The Lena river delta is a network consisting of
large and small streams, canals and lakes, with more than 1500
islands. Here the Lena River ends its run to the Arctic ocean. Today
we will spend our time on board the ship. You will see the so-called
“Lensk Pipe”. Steep 400 meters high rocky islands. The width of the
watercourse narrows to two km or less. (BLD)
Day 09. Siktyakh.
Small village Siktyakh (about 300 inhabitants) is located on
picturesque high bank of the Lena River not far from the mouth of
the Siktyakh River. Village was established by Catherine II
messengers come there for collection of Yasak (fur tribute exacted
from the indigenous peoples of Siberia by Russian authorities).
Wooden Orthodox church of that period is preserved in the
The Polar circle.
The Polar circle is an imaginary line on the Earth and a parallel in
the northern hemisphere with the latitude of 66°33'38''. During the
winter solstice (December 21-22), north of the Polar circle the sun
does not rise at all and during the summer solstice (June 21-22)
period the sun does not set. The Polar circle is constantly moving.
Its geographic location is not stable. In fact it moves
approximately two meters a day. Now days a polar circle position can
be easily determined any time with the help of modern technology.
During the trip our ship will cross the Polar circle in the area of
Zhigansk district. (BLD)
Leaving the endless water environment above the Northern Polar
circle we pass the estuaries of the rivers Viluy and Aldan. Again
you will marvel at the immense width of the water network. Between
Zhigansk district and the Viluy river estuary there is a natural
boundary named 40 islands. In fact there are many more so the view
is every changing and birdlife diverse. (BLD)
The ‘Nature Stop’.
This top is made in a very remote area of the river system. Artic
Russia is one of the more beautiful areas within this massive land.
This wild region has much greenery, lower populations of people,
where you can enjoy walks on the wild riverbanks. (BLD)
Day 13. Sottintsy.
An excursion to the historic architecture open air museum “Druzhba”
(“Friendship”), located near the Fort Town of “Lensk,” founded by
Russian Cossacks. The Museum offers samples of ancient wooden
architecture in the traditional Russian and Yakut styles.
Exhibitions of wooden home utensils, national Yakut clothes and
items of old Russian Orthodoxy are of great interest. (BLD)
Arrival in Yakutsk (05:00). After breakfast transfer to airport.
available and onward travel to other cities.