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New Year's Eve 2019 at Pole of Cold

Destination: Yakutia
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
9 Days
December - January
Highlights
  • New Year's Eve celebration in the coldest place
  • Air temperature below 60°C and lower
  • Visit of Oymyakon village - Pole of Cold
  • Trip through the permafrost regions
  • Accommodation in the hospitable family
  • Magic landscape of frosty forest
  • Kolyma road - Road of Bones
Tour Overview

The New Year is the most incredible time of the year. Why not spend this fantastic holiday in the most mysterious, coldest and at the same time largest region of Russia?

We offer you our most unusual New Year's tour. In this tour, you will be able to meet a real Ded Moroz –Chyskhaan, the Yakutian King of the Cold! You will visit the coldest inhabited place in the northern hemisphere – Oymyakon. The lowest temperature ever recorded here is -71.2°C.

The tour begins in the capital city of the region, Yakutsk. From here, you will travel 1000 km along the famous Kolyma Highway – known as the Road of Bones – to Oymyakon. 

You will celebrate the New Year in the family of locals. Their kindness and warmth are never affected by the most severe northern frosts. After a gala concert at the local house of creativity, you will celebrate New Year 2019 at the family table of the hospitable hostess. You will see fantastic fireworks after which you will leave for a nightclub at a local club.

In addition, according to tradition, you will pass through a purification ceremony, visit the Museum of Local Lore and the Permafrost Kingdom, receive a certificate for visiting Oymyakon and climb up the observation mountain, from where you can enjoy breath-taking panorama views of the noiseless white expanses of the Oymyakonsky tundra. The most courageous tourists among you will be offered to swim in a non-freezing stream, whose water temperature remains at around 2°C every year.

The purpose of this trip is not just to celebrate the New Year in an unusual, exceptional place, but also to feel the lowest possible temperatures that exist at the end of December or beginning of January. For example, in January 2018, temperatures dropped to -63°C.

The mind-blowing landscapes of a real snow-white fairy tale and the warmest hearts of hospitable locals are a New Year's impression that can give you warm emotions and positive impressions for the coming year!

This program is an expedition. Description of the itinerary is the general plan of the expedition. In the event of any force majeure or severe weather conditions, the organizers may make appropriate changes.

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Acquaintance with Yakutsk
    Yakutsk
  • Day 2
    Khandyga and road of bones
    Yakutsk — Khandyga
  • Day 3
    Road to the Pole of Cold
    Khandyga — Tomtor
  • Day 4
    New Year's Eve au Pole of Cold
    Tomtor
  • Day 5
    Kingdom of Permafrost
    Tomtor
  • Day 6
    Culture and ethnography of Yakutia
    Tomtor
  • Day 7
    Return to Khandyga
    Tomtor — Khandyga
  • Day 8
    Road to Yakutsk
    Khandyga — Yakustk
  • Day 9
    End of the programme
    Yakutsk
  • 10:00
    Arrival to Yakutsk
    Arrival to the airport of Yakutsk city. Taxi to the hotel. Check-in and time at leisure. *The time of the arrival and of the transfer is approximate. It can be changed according to the chosen time.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 14:00
    Briefing
    Meeting with your guide in the hall of the hotel. Briefing, examination of the equipment. Discussion of the programme.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Yakutsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Orto Doydu, Yakutsk
Twin standard room
  • 08:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 09:30
    Departure to the Khandyga village
    Khandyga village earlier used to be one of the forced-labor camps known as Gulag. It was founded in 1939 as a base for construction of the road from Aldan river towards Oymyakon
  • 14:00
    Lunch in the cafe en route Not included
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the road
    Arrival to the village in the evening. Accommodation in the homestay. Rest.
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Yakutsk — Khandyga
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay Khandyga
Bed in the homestay
Note

8 h 4x4  (419km)

  • 09:00
    Departure to the Tomtor village
    Tomtor village is one of the contenders for the title of "Pole of Cold". Its main competitor is Oymyakon. Moreover, since 2001 the village of Tomtor traditionally gathers hundreds of people to a festival known as "Pole of Cold". The festival brings together all the Santas from the major league - from Santa Claus from Lapland to the main Russian Father Frost from Veliky Ustyug. Chyskhaan - a severe Yakut "Keeper of the cold," is present by default: it is his "home", a cave in the mountain Ebe-Khaya that is considered sacred for the local people. The village has a commemorative monument dedicated to the victims of Stalin’s repressions. It is called “The Memory Bell”.
  • 14:00
    Lunch in the café en route Not included
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the road
  • 19:00
    Arrival to Tomtor
    After the long road, we have a possibility to have a rest in the homestay of a very kindly resident.
  • 20:00
    Homemade dinner
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Khandyga — Tomtor
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay in Tomtor
Bed in the twin room
Note

10 h 4x4  (472km)

5 h   (200km)

  • 02:00
    Danses in the local community centre
  • 08:00
    Breakfast at the homestay
  • 09:00
    Departure to Oymyakon
    Oymyakon is a true Pole of Cold. Here you will receive a certificate for visiting the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world. On the New Year's Eve you will meet with the Yakut Santa and the cold guardian - Chyskhaan!
  • 13:00
    Lunch at a roadside café
  • 15:00
    Return to Tomtor and rest
  • 19:00
    Festive dinner
    Home-made festive dinner In the family circle. Happy New Year!
  • 19:00
    Concert in the community centre
    The local people organise the annual concert in the community centre with dances and songs.
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
BaikalNature at Pole of Cold
Route
Tomtor
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay in Tomtor
Bed in the twin room
Note

cultural exploration  (40km)

1 h 4x4  (40km)

  • 11:00
    Late breakfast
  • 14:00
    Home-made lunch
  • 15:00
    Excursion to the Ice Residence of Chyskhaan
    The Kingdom of Permafrost is a residence of Chyskhaan situated not far from the Tomtor village, in the cave Ebe-Khaya. It's a bif passage in the permafrost with an ice gallery, throne-room and depository of the cold symbol.
  • 16:20
    Rising to the viewing point
    Our 4x4 will rise us to the viewing point of the mountain with a panoramic view on the Oymyakon valley! Return to Tomtor.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Tomtor
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay in Tomtor
Bed in the twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Experiments with the cold
    It's there in the coldest inhabited place where you can see the Yakut firework and nail up with an apple!
  • 11:00
    Purification ceremony
  • 12:40
    Excursion to the museum of the natural history
    The exposition is devoted to the nature and history of the Tomtor village, to the everyday life of the Yakut peoples and to the Gulag period.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Bathing in the non-freezing stream
    For the most courageous we organise the bathing in the non-freezing stream!
  • 16:00
    Excursion to the GULAG Museum Not included
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Tomtor
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay in Tomtor
Bed in the twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to Khandyga
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the cafe Not included
  • 14:00
    Continuation fo the road
  • 19:00
    Arrival to Khandyga
    Accommodation in the homestay, rest.
  • Overnight in the homestay
Photo of the day
Route
Tomtor — Khandyga
Accommodation
Accommodation in the homestay Khandyga
Bed in the homestay
Note

10 h 4x4  (472km)

5 h   (200km)

  • 10:00
    Return to Yakutsk
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the road
    Arrival to Yakutsk. Accommodation in the hotel according to your choice.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
On the Road to the Lena Pillars
Route
Khandyga — Yakustk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Orto Doydu, Yakutsk
Twin standard room
Note

8 h 4x4  (420km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Transfer to the airport
    End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Yakutsk
Detailed description
Departures
December, 28 2018
Start
-
January, 05 2019
End
Available: 4+
Status
1,588 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Letter of invitation
  • English-speaking guide services
  • Meals according to the program
  • Accommodation in the hotel of Yakutsk the 1 and 7 days
  • Set of the outer clothing
Price does not include
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price given is for a group of 6 people. If there are less than 6 persons, the price of the tour will be recalculated. Take attention that in Yakutia the temperatures can be really low. Please, follow our check-list before the departure. Meals included: breakfasts for the following days: 2,4-7,9; lunches for the days: 4-6, dinners for the days 3-6, 8. All other meals will be negotiated with the group members once on spot (additional charge). the approximate price of the meal in the cafe en route is 500-800 roubles, in the restaurant of the city 1000-1500 roubles. The itinerary of the tour can be changed according to the road or weather conditions as well as unforeseen events.

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From 27 January 2018 to 3 February 2018
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Voyage original au coeur de l' hiver Sibérien hors des sentiers touristiques. Dommage qu' il y ai eu un manque d'informations et d 'explications de la part du guide. Les "aventuriers" choisissant ce voyage ont tous soif de découverte, d'une part, du pays et d'autre part de la culture russe, ce qui nous a sensiblement manqué. Néanmoins ce voyage est à recommander pour son authenticité. Eric
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From 27 January 2018 to 3 February 2018
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beau voyage; l'organisation est bonne dans son ensemble et le programme est bien respecté; une remarque au niveau du guide: il devrait donner au groupe plus d'explications sur l'histoire de la yakoutie, les coutumes du peuples yakoutes et la vie d'aujourd'hui; sinon le point très positif est que le guide parlait très bien le Français..... en conclusion, continuez donc à organiser des beaux voyages
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From 19 June 2016 to 28 June 2016
Destination: Yakutia
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Nous sommes rentrés de voyage ce jour mardi 28 juin 2016. Beaucoup de découvertes, de péripéties, mais tout dans la bonne humeur. Pour les fêtes, le samedi, départ à 10:00 et 2,30 heures de trajet. Arrivée à 12:30. Bien évidemment nous ne sommes pas rentrés à 14:00. Le dimanche, le trajet a été beaucoup plus rapide, 45 minutes. Le dernier jour, retour à l'aéroport. Un taxi est venu, une
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Très beau voyage, très bien organisé qu'il s'agisse des transferts, des excursions qui exploitent toutes les possibilités sur place. Animations à bord peu intéressantes en revanche mais cela ne me dérange pas. Bel itinéraire intéressant du point de vue ethnologique, géologique et sociologique. Découverte complète de la Yakoutie sous un angle intéressant depuis la Léna. Je vous félicite et
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