Taymyr. We have been there ( Khatanga-Lake Taymyr–Cape Chelyuskin–Cape Tsvetkova– Preobrazheniya Island–Khatanga)

Friday – Day 1

Charter flight from Krasnoyarsk to Khatanga in Yak-42. Arrival in Khatanga, one of Russia's northernmost settlements and a port. It is located on the banks of Khatanga river. In the Evenk language, Khatanga means 'big water'. The settlement was founded in around 1660s–1670s. At first it was a wintering place for tax collectors called Nos, or Kozlovo. The main reason why that place was chosen was because of the high and steep banks of the river that protected it from floods and offered a good view of the river. Such high steep peninsulas, or capes, washed by rivers and seas were called 'noses' by explorers. Khatanga appeared thanks to the Mangazeya seaway which had been explored by the Pomors, Russian settlers living on the coasts of the White Sea, in the 16th century and connected Yenisei to Ob. The Pomors founded a few settlements along Yenisei. Turukhansky Gorodok, now Turukhansk, was one of them. It was a place where in the early seventeenth century explorers started to advance across the Taymyr Peninsula. Lunch. MI-8T Helicopter flight from Khatanga to the base on Taymyr Island (1.5 hour flight). Taymyr is a Russian peninsula and the northernmost part of the Eurasian continent; it is located between Yenisei Gulf in Kara Sea and Khatanga Gulf in Laptev Sea. Arrival at the base. Lake Taymyr is the largest northern lake in the world and the second largest one by area after Lake Baikal in the Asian part of Russia. The lake is located beyond the Arctic Circle, in the middle of the Arctic desert and wooded tundra, in the zone of permafrost. Lake Taymyr is cradled at the foot of Byrranga Mountains. Its shores are indented by shallow bays and inlets. Its gently sloping southern shore is formed by loose deposits of the Quaternary period. The northern side is marked by older deposits that rise steeply to the foothills of the Byrranga ridge where multiple tributaries of Lake Taymyr originate. There are many rocky islands in the western part of the lake, and its eastern part is marked by the sandy Island of Sokolov-Mikitov. It is inhabited by whitefish, broad whitefish, muksun, burbot, Arctic cisco, vendance, and grayling. There is Siberian slimy sculpin in small numbers as well. Hikes. The animal world of the peninsula is represented by a wide variety of fur-bearing animals (Arctic foxes, sables, wolverines, weasels) that have been hunted for (in addition to deer breeding) by the native peoples since the dawn of time. If you are lucky, on the northern coast of the sea you can even come across the symbol of the Arctic, the polar bear. Taymyr is home to the reindeer that for centuries has helped the peoples of the north to survive in this area. The muskoxen adapted to the climatic conditions, and their numbers have reached ten thousand species. The sea waters that wash the Taymyr Peninsula on the north are inhabited by walruses and seals that are the main providers of fat for local hunters. There are white whales and dolphins, too. The inland water bodies are rich in noble kinds of fish (taimen, grayling, sturgeon, cisco and others). Dinner. Night at the base.

Saturday – Day 2

Breakfast. Morning flight to Cape Chelyuskin, which is the northern top end (capeof the peninsula that bears the same name and lies in the north of the Taymyr Peninsula. It is the northernmost point of the Eurasian continentAsia and Russia. One can often see walruses and polar bears around the cape.

At present, the northernmost point on the Eurasian continent has a meteorological station and 8-10 thousand residents. It also has the northernmost airport of the Eurasian continent, Cape Chelyuskin and the frontier guard. In 1992, a monument was erected at the cape to commemorate all people who took part in the exploration. The column that symbolises Chelyuskin's famous log is crowned with the Yakutsk bronze expedition sailboat that was used by the expedition crew. The Yakutsk got locked in the ice and never reached the northern cape of Taymyr.

Hikes, flight 30 km towards the east to a harbour. In the summer, the Taymyr Peninsula coast and nearby islands are nesting places for a great number of birds that find their food in the sea. They are guillemots, auks, seagulls and other species. 

Flight to Goltsovaya river, excursion and return to the base on Taymyr Island. Dinner.

Sunday – Day 3

Breakfast. Early flight to Cape Tsvetkova, which is on the east coast of the Taymyr Peninsula; it is the most beautiful coast on the west coast of Laptev Sea. Its magnificent basalt columns are the size of a high rise, visible from a distance, and the high steep shores with grottos and an arch only add to the overall mysterious look. The vast marine sand bar stretches a few kilometres into the sea and serves as the seal rookery. This district lies on the way of migrating polar bears that are attracted to the seals. Therefore, you will have a chance to capture this unique interaction between the giant animals. Hikes. 25 km off Cape Tsvetkova coast, there is a grand rocky island, Preobrazheniya Island, that was discovered during the Great Northern Expedition (Vasily Pronchishchev, Semyon Chelyuskin, Khariton Laptev) in 1737. Flight to Preobrazheniya Island. Its northern part is famous for being home to colonies of birds. If the weather is fine enough, we may take a hike up Byrranga Mountains, the least visited mountains in the world. The scenery is breathtaking, and there is a very high chance of running into muskoxen, herds of reindeer and Arctic wolves. Visit to a non-operational Arctic meteorological station.

Flight to Peschany Island eastwards from B. Begacheva Island (flight will depend on the weather conditions). Excursion to the lighthouse.

Return to the base on Taymyr Island. Tours around the adjacent territory, hikes, photo and video shoots. The nature of Taymyr seems to be out of this world, surreal at times, and always severe and wild. One thing is certain: Taymyr is a magnet that attracts with its beauty, fills you up with its energy, and opens doors to new… indescribable feelings… Taymyr will always be inaccessible and distinct, eternal and breathtaking in its cold desolation and consistency. Dinner.

Monday – Day 4

Breakfast. Return to Khatanga. Check-in at Zapolyarye Hotel. Visit to the Mammoth Museum, where you can see the famous Jarkov Mammoth. The Arctic village of Khatanga boasts a unique mammoth museum that is located in a cave dug into the layers of the permafrost. It has a rare collection of exhibits from all around the vast territory of Taymyr that is of priceless scientific value for palaeontologists, biologists, geneticists, and palaeographers of the world. Dinner.

Tuesday – Day 5

Breakfast. Charter flight from Khatanga to Krasnoyarsk in YAK-42.

TOUR PRICE FOR ONE PERSON (at least 10 people in the group):  RUB

The tour price includes: scheduled transfers (11-12-hour helicopter rides), meals, accommodation at the hotel, accommodation at the base, excursions, admission to museums.

Extra charge payable by non-residents of Russia for entrance to the Polar region per person: 3,000 RUB

The tour price does not include: Flight Krasnoyarsk–Khatanga–Krasnoyarsk (approximately 50,000 RUB)

Accident insurance (arranged by the customer individually if needed).

The scheduled route will be changed in case of weather conditions that might threaten the life and health of tourists!!!