Overview

Cruise to Tiksi is a wonderful opportunity to explore Yakutia’s nature, history and indigenous peoples’ life conditions and traditions and also to cross the Arctic Circle and visit the most northern settlement of Yakutia. The journey begins with the visit to the Lena Pillars. A 40 km steep rocks architecture will fascinate you with its beauty and vastness. Next stops are  Zhigansk and Kjusjur. These settlements fully represent national color of northern Yakutia. Hunting and fishing is the main source of food in these places. Local artists will entertain you with their epic singing and their sounds will remain in your heart for years. And finally Tiksi – the most northern settlement of Yakutia. The temperature here stays low even in the hottest summer months and white polar nights may surprise you with their Northern Lights. In the last days of the journey you will visit Sottintsy settlement. Here you will closely get acquainted with the history of Yakutia.  An open air historic and architect museum “Druzhba” will present samples of old wood architecture in traditional Yakut and Russian styles. There are also expositions of wooden household implements, national dresses of the Yakuts and heritage of Russian Christianity. Above all these the tour will have interesting entertainment onboard with different lectures on Yakutia’s history, different intellectual contests, disco nights with various performers.

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Itinerary

Day 1. Yakutsk.
Arrival to Yakutsk. Transfer to the river port (for clients arriving from 08:00 to 18:00). Embarkation since 10:00. Optional Yakutsk city tour. 19:00 Departure from Yakutsk. (D)
Day 2. Lenskie Pillars.
Arrival at the National natural park «Lenskie Pillars » (the unique natural phenomenon — abrupt rocks in the form of columns in height up to 200 meters, streatching along the river for 80 km).
Arrival at the National natural park «Lenskie Pillars » (the unique natural phenomenon — abrupt rocks in the form of columns in height up to 200 meters, streatching along the river for 80 km). Ascention on the top of columns. Excursion on a viewing platform and in a taiga. Departure from Lenskie Pillars. (BLD)
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Day 3. Mouth of the Buotama River (right tributary of the Lena River).
In 2006 the only in Russia nursery of forest Bizons was established in this place. Bizons were specilly taken there from Canada for the recovery of the Bizons population in Yakutia.
Day 4. Run.
In this area the Lena river enters Central-Yakut lowland. Its valley enlarges up to 20-40 km., a plain breadth is 7-15 km. There are many lakes and marshes in the river plain.
In this area the Lena river enters Central-Yakut lowland. Its valley enlarges up to 20-40 km., a plain breadth is 7-15 km. There are many lakes and marshes in the river plain. A river bed is branchy, a navigable channel is quite changeable. Its depth can reach 16-20 meters. On the route of the boat trip there is an outflow of the Aldan river, one of the largest tributary of the Lena river. During the river cruise one can see beautiful sights of the Verkhoyansk Mountains. The Lena banks keep disappearing, a vast area of the river valley is occupied by isles and creeks. Deserted unsettled banks pass by for many hundred kilometers in the boundless river environment. (BLD)
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Day 5. Zhigansk.
Zhigansk is the first settlement beyond the Polar circle. The Zhigansk stockaded town was established in 1632 as Yakutsk town.
Zhigansk is the first settlement beyond the Polar circle. The Zhigansk stockaded town was established in 1632 as Yakutsk town. The name of “Zhigansk” comes from the Tungus language and means “an inhabitant of lower lands”. Main occupation of population is hunting, fishing and cattle-breeding. Zhigansk is an administrative district center with population of over 3 thousand people. Our ship will anchor on the river due to insufficient water depth, and you will reach the bank on a small ferry. You will be impressed by performance of local actors who will present a music of blowing snow and wind whistle, whisper of leaves and grass, water hush, rush of flying bird wings through improvised epic songs and charming accords of ritual dancing. You will listen to a real music which is a world of nature and feelings. (BLD)
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Day 6. Kusur.
Stay in Kusur, a small settlement in the North of the Arctic Circle. Men are engaged in reindeer husbandry and hunting, women make beautiful national clothes decorated with fur and beads.
Stay in Kusur, a small settlement in the North of the Arctic Circle. Men are engaged in reindeer husbandry and hunting, women make beautiful national clothes decorated with fur and beads. Kusur will impress you by simplicity of village life typical to the Extreme North areas, warm and sincere attitude of local people. Look of the rural settlement will strongly impress you as severe climate and strong winds influence on houses and streets. Local places here are known for their tragic history connected with hard life of émigrés from the Baltic states and Central Yakutia. (BLD)
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Day 7. Tiksi (Neelovo).
You will be offered an excursion to Tiksi settlement- the sea gates of Yakutia if weather allows.
You will be offered an excursion to Tiksi settlement- the sea gates of Yakutia if weather allows. The name of Tiksi is translated from the Yakut language as a “place of meeting, mooring place”. Tiksi appeared on the map in the middle of 1930ss. Navigable period here is extremely short-2,5 months. During 9-10 months the Laptev sea is glaciated; the ice thickness is up to 1,5-2 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 gives its smile almost 24 hours a day. Being one of the most beautiful towns of Yakutia in the Soviet period Tiksi at present feels significant economic difficulties. (BLD)
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Day 8. Tit-Ary island.
It’s one of the largest islands in the Lena River bed. The name of the island means in the Yakut language “larch island».
It’s one of the largest islands in the Lena River bed. The name of the island means in the Yakut language “larch island». It’s one of the northernmost places where the Daurian larch grows. Tit-Ary Island is a part of the Ust-Lensky Nature Reserve. There is a little monument on the island with the names of immigrants from the Baltic states who lived here and founded the village. In summer period a fishing artel works on the island. You will visit a fish storage glacier hollowed out in permafrost and taste frozen fish. (BLD)
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Day 9. Run.
Today we will spend our time on the ship board. You will see the so-called Lensk “pipe”.
Today we will spend our time on the ship board. You will see the so-called Lensk “pipe”. Steep rocky 400 meters high isles in some places are hung above the leady water. The watercourse breadth becomes narrow up to 2 km or less and this stresses mighty and greatness of the bank rocks. (BLD)
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Day 10. The Polar circle (Utiny Island).
The Polar circle is an imaginary line on the Earth and a parallel in the northern hemisphere with the latitude of 66o33’38».
The Polar circle is an imaginary line on the Earth and a parallel in the northern hemisphere with the latitude of 66o33’38». During the winter solstice (December 21-22) northward 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 for 2 meters during a day and almost for 100 meters during one year. A polar circle position can be easily determined any time with the help of modern technologies. You will make a stop at a symbolic sign titled “The Polar circle”. Free time foe walking, fishing. (BLD)
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Day 11. Run.
Leaving the endless water environment beyond the Northern Polar circle we pass the estuaries of the rivers Viluy and Aldan.
Leaving the endless water environment beyond the Northern Polar circle we pass the estuaries of the rivers Viluy and Aldan. Water breadth here is unbelievable. Between Zhigansk district and the Viluy river estuary there is a natural boundary called “40 isles”. In fact, the isles number is bigger. (BLD)
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Day 12. The Green staging post.
It is one of the most beautiful virgin places where you will enjoy a beauty of the picturesque green staging post.
It is one of the most beautiful virgin places where you will enjoy a beauty of the picturesque green staging post. You can have a walk on this wild bank, see bounty of nature and enjoy a beautiful sunset. In the evening in honor of the cruise completion there will be made a symbolic Fire of friendship, songs in different languages will be performed. (BLD)
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Day 13. Sottintsy.
An excursion to historic-architecture open-air museum “Druzhba” (“Friendship”) located on the place of the primary foundation of the “Lensk stockaded town” founded by Russian cossacks, the future city of Yakutsk.
An excursion to historic-architecture open-air museum “Druzhba” (“Friendship”) located on the place of the primary foundation of the “Lensk stockaded town” founded by Russian cossacks, the future city of Yakutsk. The Museum presents samples of ancient wooden architecture in traditional Russian and Yakut styles. Expositions of wooden home utensils, national Yakut clothes and monuments of Russian Orthodoxy are of great interest. Wonderful landscapes and interesting historical excursions make the museum visit both informative and pleasant. (BLD)
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Day 14. Farewell Yakutia.
Arrival in Yakutsk (04:00). Breakfast. Luggage check. Disembarkation (till 10:00). Transfer to airport. Departure from Yakutsk. (B)
Day 1
Arrival to Yakutsk. Transfer to the river port (for clients arriving fro...
Day 2
Arrival at the National natural park «Lenskie Pillars » (the u...
Day 3
In 2006 the only in Russia nursery of forest Bizons was established in t...
Day 4
In this area the Lena river enters Central-Yakut lowland. Its valley enl...
Day 5
Zhigansk is the first settlement beyond the Polar circle. The Zhigansk s...
Day 6
Stay in Kusur, a small settlement in the North of the Arctic Circle. Men...
Day 7
You will be offered an excursion to Tiksi settlement- the sea gates of Y...
Day 8
It’s one of the largest islands in the Lena River bed. The name of the i...
Day 9
Today we will spend our time on the ship board. You will see the so-call...
Day 10
The Polar circle is an imaginary line on the Earth and a parallel in the...
Day 11
Leaving the endless water environment beyond the Northern Polar circle w...
Day 12
It is one of the most beautiful virgin places where you will enjoy a bea...
Day 13
An excursion to historic-architecture open-air museum “Druzhba” (“Friend...
Day 14
Arrival in Yakutsk (04:00). Breakfast. Luggage check. Disembarkation (ti...
Note: The program is subject to changes due to weather and other objective reasons.

Dates & Rates

*Price per person, EUR
08.07.21.-21.07.21.
24.07.21.-06.08.21.
11.08.21.-24.08.21.
25.08.21.-07.09.21.
Cabin Cost, EUR per person, with the accommodation:
SGL TWN TRPL QDR
Suite 7140 7140
Junior Suite 4280 3000
SGL 3240
TWN 3930 2720
TRPL 3930 2720 1890
QDR 2720 1890 1600
 
  • All the costs are valid at the date of publication and are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking.

What is included

  • accommodation in the chosen cabin category
  • full board (including dinner on day 1 and breakfast on day 14)
  • transfer "airport-m/s - airport"
  • excursions according tour program
  • entertainments on the board
  • English speaking guides/interpreters (if there are more than 10 English-speaking pax on board)
  • visa supporting documents
  • entry permit to Tiksi

Supplements & Discounts

  • air flights
  • visa fee
  • optional Yakutsk city tour
  • alcohol beverages

Additional info


Description of the motor ship “Mikhail Svetlov”

Payment conditions:

— 50% payment upon booking
— 50% payment — 90 days before departure.

Cancellation policy:

10% of cruise price — non-refundable deposit.
90 days before embarkation – 25% of cruise price.
89-60 days before embarkation – 30% of cruise price.
59 -20 days before embarkation – 50% of cruise price.
Less than 19 days before embarkation – 100% of cruise price.

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