Yenisei river: Krasnoyarsk to Dudinka
Set sail for adventure along the Yenisei, the 5th longest river in the world. Fr om vast rugged landscapes to magical midnight sun, the Yenisei river is where mother nature shines her brightest. The main towns and cities along the river are centred around cultural, natural and historical heritage.
Siberia’ third largest city is teeming with ancient merchant houses, large factories and stunning wildlife. Fr om here you can explore the Stolby Nature Sanctuary, Russia’s most visited national park with its dramatic volcanic rock pillars and impressive sweeping forests.
Words can't do justice to the majestic sweeping landscapes of Plateau Putorana. The area was given UNESCO World Heritage status to preserve the magnificent forest tundra and arctic desert systems, as well as the untouched lakes, rivers and isolated mountain range. This is a sight that has to be seen to be believed.
Experience the striking phenomenon of polar days, wh ere the sun never sets. In Igarka, the magical midnight sun lasts for up to two months in summer. Located beyond the Arctic Circle, this amazing city is built on permafrost, and is home to the only Permafrost Museum in Russia – which is over 50,000 years old.
Despite being established in 1667, Dudinka was not formally recognised as a town until 1951. The still-evolving metropolis offers a contrast to the unspoiled marvels of Arctic Russia. Meet the indigenous people, who maintain a traditional lifestyle and preserve their ancient crafts and folklore.
The setting for Werner Herzog’s documentary Happy People, the village of Bakhta can only be reached by helicopter or boat. Meet the stars of the documentary and learn more about their fascinating way of life – built on self-reliance, utter freedom and the total absence of government, taxes, police and rules.
Immerse yourself in the life of a Cossack. Visit their traditional wooden homes, wh ere you’ll be welcomed by Siberian hospitality and delicacies including crusty pies and local liquors, plus the chance to learn local songs that have been sung for centuries.
Construction of the Dead Road claimed the lives of more than 300,000 Gulag prisoners tasked with delivering Stalin's dream of a 806-mile-long rail line to run between the Siberian cities Igarka and Salekhard. Upon Stalin's death the project was abandoned. After a short hike through the Siberian forest, we’ll take you to see these unfinished tracks.