Yenisei Meridian original tour (Dikson + Yenisei river cruise (Norilsk–Dudinka–Yeniseysk–Krasnoyarsk с 29.07.2019-15.08.2019)

29 July (Monday) – Day 1

Early arrival at Alykel Airport at 7:50 a.m. At 10:30 a.m. flight to Dikson (departure time is subject to change). The airport of Dikson is situated on an island 5 km away from the main part of the Arctic settlement. Arrival and transfer to the hotel; accommodation in rooms for 2 or 3 people. Lunch. A sightseeing tour around the village. The Dikson district includes Severnaya Zemplya and Cape Chelyuskin–the northernmost points of Eurasia. On our tour we will stop by the monument to Nikifor Begichev, explorer of the Taymyr Peninsula. In 1908, in the estuary of the Khatanga and Anabara rivers he discovered two islands that were later called after him–Bolshoi Begichev and Maly Begichev. There is another monument to Norwegian seaman Peter Tessem (participant of Roald Amundsen's expedition). On 24 June 1918, Roald Amundsen set out on his expedition on board the Maud in the direction of the Taymyr coast. The crew was comprised of 9 people. On 9 September, the Maude was stuck in the ice not far from Cape Chelyuskin. Amundsen himself fell off the ship, broke his left arm in two places, and five weeks later was nearly torn into pieces by a bear. To cap it off, on 10 December, he suffered from poisoning caused by carbon monoxide that leaked from a faulty kerosene lamp. However, Peter Tessem and Paul Knutsen, who had been sent to Dikson on an assignment to post a message, never made it back home and their remains were only found around 1921-1922. A visit to the war memorial to the people who were killed in the Great Patriotic War during the well-known Northern Front battle. We will stop by the Saint Nicholas Cathedral. In Christianity, Saint Nicholas is revered as a wonderworker. He is considered to be the patron saint of sailors, merchants and children. ‘This harbour is the best across the entire northern coast of Asia, and it will be very important for Siberian trade,’ wrote Adolf Nordenskiöld who conquered the Northeast Passage. He bought a small ship, the Preven, and set out to the Yenisei estuary. Here, he found a nice harbour and named it Dikson after Oscar Dickson, an industrial magnate who sponsored his expedition. A. Nordenskiöld is famous for being the first to sail through the North Seaway in 1878—1879 from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Dinner.

30 July (Tuesday) – Day 2
Breakfast. Preparation for an off-road truck ride to the bay on the coast of the Kara Sea, Peter Chichagov Coast which is located in the southwest part of the Taymyr Peninsula between Yenisei Gulf and the estuary of Pyasina river. It stretches from west to east over 200 km. It is washed by the waters of Kara Sea as well as Pyasina Bay. In the south it borders with the spurs of Byrranga Mountains. Accommodation in fisherman's log cabins. Familiarisation tour around the adjacent territory. Lunch. Trip along the coast of the Kara Sea. Dinner.

31 July (Wednesday) – Day 3
Breakfast. Trip towards the east along the Chichagov Coast, across the tundra, through the bays of the Kara Sea. Nature of the eastern part of the Chichagov Coast is more severe. Getting closer to Pyasina Bay, one can even see occasional icebergs, masses that chipped off the ice shelves. It is only during two or three summer months that vessels can go around these places unaccompanied by powerful icebreakers. The poor and thin vegetation is mostly represented by perennial plants. It is dominated by mosses and lichens, creeping shrubs and certain kinds of herbs. The shores are high and steep. The rocky giants impress by their beauty. Some of the inlets cradle eternal glaciers that never melt. Return to the base. Lunch. Photo shoot session in the bay. Dinner.

1 August (Thursday) – Day 4
Breakfast. Trip towards the west through the gulfs of the Kara SeaThe Taymyr wooded tundra is one of a kind. There is a total number of about 350 thousand species of plants on our planet that amaze us by the variety of their shapes. Even though the severe climate of north Taymyr does not provide for an abundance of plant varieties, its beauty in the summer can compare to that of the Alpine meadows—there are yellow Arctic poppies and large navy blue carrion flower, blue forget-me-nots, the white stars of avens and grassworts, crimson, yellow, white, and brown-red flowers of rockfoil. Nature of the Extreme North leaves an impression of richness and abundance— there are so many birds, fish and wild animals. Lunch. Sauna. Dinner.

2 August (Friday) – Day 5
Breakfast. Continuation of the tour around the tundra. The charm of the tundra is stronger than any prejudices, burdens of everyday life or difficulties of the long journey. All life of the tundra landscape with its biological chains and links is in plain sight. The Taymyr tundra is home to polar hares, foxes, wolves, reindeer; its wooded parts are inhabited by squirrels, lakes – by musk beavers. Rivers and lakes are rich in lots of precious kinds of fish. And the seas are full of white whales, seals and walruses. Every spring numerous flocks of birds return to their severe homeland. Summers in the tundra are short but full of sounds of wild nature. It is the time when the Taymyr tundra turns into the land of the nonsetting sun. Picnic lunch on the coast of the Kara Sea. Free time. Dinner.

3 August (Saturday) – Day 6
Breakfast. Departure to Dikson. Check-in at the hotel. Lunch. Excursion to the cargo terminal of the seaport. Dinner.

4 August (Sunday) – Day 7
Breakfast. Excursion to a school museum with a collection of exhibits that have been put together by the residents of Dikson over the years. Lunch. Excursion to an art gallery. It was started by Vladimir Korovev, professional artist, member of the RSFSR Union of Artists. He was in charge of the artistic department in the school of arts in Dikson and taught fine art to children. It is the northernmost public art gallery in Russia given to the residents of Dikson by Russian artists. Thanks to Korolev's correspondence with the RSFSR Union of Artists, on 7 May 1986, the Dikson District Executive Committee opened the permanent exposition called ‘From Artists of Soviet Russia to Workers of the Arctic Circle’. There were 55 graphic pictures by 28 artists put out on display. The exposition was a success, and during the navigation period of 1986 it was attended by an increased number of people. Excursions were given by teachers of the village art school. All pictures on display eventually remained with the residents as a gift. The gallery collection is comprised of about 300 paintings, sculptures and graphic works that were delivered to Dikson by polar aviation in 1987. The north is the main topic of K.P. Koval's Severionok picture and A.F. Kalinin's Northern Motif painting that embody the unique beauty of the land beyond the Arctic Circle! The Magic of the Arctic Circle exhibition includes pieces created by artists of different generations over a number of decades (1960-80s) in various genres. The panoramic view is depicted by K.F. Vlasova, D.A. Kostmina, L. A. Zakharova... The town motifs are shown in the pictures of L.A. Tkachenko, and V.A. Glukhov. The poetic autumn is in the centre of P.M. Zaron's works, as well as N.E. Timkov's, Yu.P. Sanin's, A.I. Ovchinnikov's and others. Dinner.

5 August (Monday) – Day 8
Breakfast. Transfer to Dikson Airport. Tour around the island of Dikson. Visit to the monument to the sailors of the North Sea fleet who fell in the battle against the Amiral Scheer fascist cruiser. Dikson Island went down in the history of the Great Patriotic War as the easternmost territory of the country that experienced a battle against the German fascist invaders. In November 2015, Dikson Island was acknowledged as a territory of military glory. The village of Dikson is the only settlement of the whole Krasnoyarsk Territory that was actively involved in war. On 27 August 1942, the Admiral Scheer German cruiser came up to the shore and opened fire on the port and workers’ settlement. The entire population of Dikson Island was taking part in the defence. The Admiral Scheer had to decide against the landing attack and turned backIn 1915, specialists of the Russian Society of Wireless Telegraphy had installed a radio station with the power of 15 kW. The island also got its meteorological equipment: air vane, rain gauge, and a Stevenson screen. But the emerging navigation in this part of the Kara Sea required regular updates on the weather and ice conditions. So in early 1916, the Lena ship with an expedition crew on board was sent from Krasnoyarsk, and in July or August, assistant of the head of the hydrometeorological department of the Hydrographic Office I.K. Tikhomirov renewed the meteorological observations. Flight to Norilsk. Check-in at Talnakh Hotel. Lunch. Free time. Dinner.

6 August (Tuesday) – Day 9

Breakfast. Free time. Lunch. Excursion to the Norilsk Industrial District History Museum. A sightseeing tour around Norilsk. Norilsk got its name from the name of the place it was founded in—Norilskaya river (Norilka) flows in close proximity of the city (part of Pyasina river basin). The city itself is located at the foot of Norilsk Mountains. Norilskaya river and Norilsk Mountains were mentioned in reports of Khariton Laptev, Alexander von Middendorff, and Carl Friedrich Schmidt. There are many versions of how the Norilka river got its name. One of them claims that the name comes from the word 'norilo', which stands for a long thin pole used when setting the net beneath the ice from hole to hole. According to another one, the name of the river and, therefore, the town, originates from the Evenk word 'narus' or Yukagir word 'nioril', which means wetlands. Today Norilsk is an industrial city with a rich history and a city-forming enterprise–Norilsk Nickel. Dinner.

7 August (Wednesday) - Day 10

Early breakfast. Checkout. Departure to Dudinka. Excursion to the Taymyr Museum of Local Lore. A sightseeing tour around Dudinka, the coldest (the temperature can drop to —57°C) and the northernmost (69°21' N) town on the planet. It is situated on the right bank of the Yenisei river at the place of its confluence with the Dudinka river that is believed to have been named after the first Russian miner Dudin who settled there in the first half of the 17th century, up in the river mouth. And then the town was called after Dudinka river. Another version claims that the name is a Russian transcription of the Evenk words 'dugin' (effluent, island in between effluents, mouth of effluent) and 'dugu' (river foreland). The accusative form of the word 'dugin' is 'duginma'. At last, the third version says that it is a Russian transcription of the Enets people's (who in 16-17th centuries roamed the area of modern-day Dudinka and adjacent territories on both banks of Yenisei) word 'kaduta' (blizzardy place) which they used to call the place on the higher right bank of Yenisei river where Dudinka is located now. ‘In front of Dudinka,’ writes Fridtjof Nansen. ‘There is a hill covered with a thin forest of dwarf trees. It was the first highland we saw up Yenisei river...’ (He was heading from Dikson during the navigation period of 1913).
Boarding the Alexander Matrosov liner; twin-bedded accommodation in 1st-class passenger rooms (with 2 sofas, cupboard and washbasin). The liner departs from the river port of Dudinka at 12:00 noon. Lunch. Tour around the liner. Information about the itinerary. Dinner.
At night we call at Igarka, which is a town located on the bank of Igarka branch of Yenisei, 1330 km north of Krasnoyarsk along a straight line (the distance long the river is about 1800 km). It lies within the Arctic Circle, in the permafrost zone. The town was called after the river branch where it was founded, and the latter got its name after a local fisherman Egor Shiryayev, whose name transformed from Egorka into Igarka. Now it is a port accessible by marine craft of Yenisei Gulf.

8 August (Thursday) - Day 11

In the morning we cross the Arctic Circle border (Kureika river). 
Breakfast. Free time. Lunch. Programme in the reading hall. Dinner. Stop in Turukhansk
located at the place where Nizhnyaya Tunguska river flows into Yenisei, 1,474 km north of Krasnoyarsk. Its population is 4.8 thousand people. It was founded in 1607 as a wintering place; since 1617 it was settled by residents of Mangazeya town that had burnt down. Former Turukhansk became the village of Starotukhansk, and present-day Turukhansk (administrative centre of the district) used to be called Novoturukhansk. In the 19–20th centuries, it was a place of exile (among others to I. V. Stalin in 1914–1916). The main sight of the village is the Trinity Church (late 18th - early 19th century). Turukhansk has a fish factory, oil exploration company, river port, airport and museum of revolutionists Yakov Sverdlov and Suren Spandaryan. Here, you will see the right side tributary of Yenisey, Nizhnyaya Tunguska river. It was called Nizhnyaya (lower) Tunguska by Russian explorers back in the 17th century. It is named Tunguska after the Tungusic people (modern-day Evenks) who lived on its banks back in the day, and Nizhnyaya was added to distinguish it from the other two Tunguska rivers.

9 August (Friday) - Day 12

Breakfast. Free time. Lunch. Passing by Verkhneimbatsk village. Dinner. Stop by Bakhta settlement, which got its name from the right side tributary of Yenisei, Bakhta river. For the night we stop at the Bor settlement, where we will pass by the third largest tributary, Podkamennaya Tunguska river. It is full of rapids and is marked by the distinct beauty of its wilderness. It stretches over 1,865 kilometres. The first part of its name describes the fact that it rushes towards the Yenisei through rocky cliffs hundreds of kilometres away. In 40 kilometres up the stream we will see the Osinovsky Rapid, the legendary narrow canyon that is rather tricky to pass through, as the passage is only 700 m wide and rather tortuous. There is no way for two ships to move along at once, so they have to take turns.

10 August (Saturday) – Day 13

Passing by the Osinovskaya system of islands. Just 30 meters away from the board of the ship, there lies Monastyrsky Island that keeps a lot of legends and mysteries of the past, further we will see the rocky islands of Korablik and Barochka that seem to unexpectedly spring out of the haze right in front of our eyes; they are preceded by a rapid that marks the area of the so-called Osinovskiye Schoki, the most picturesque part of the lower reaches of the mighty Yenisei. Its high-rising granite banks form a corridor with the height of 50 m. Breakfast. Stop at the village of Vorogovo that was founded by the Cossacks over 350 years ago during the exploration of Siberia of the 17th century. The population is made up of various nationalities: Russian, Germans, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Kets. At present, its population is about 2,000 people. By the time of the liner arrival at the quay, locals arrange a market place where they sell all sorts of goods and hand-made souvenirs. Lunch. Stop at the village of Yartsevo that is located in the middle reach of Yenisei river between two of its left-side tributaries— Kas and Sym rivers; there is another local market waiting for the liner to arrive. Dinner.

11 August (Sunday) - Day 14

Breakfast. Arrival in Yeniseysk. Check-in at Yeniseyskaya Hotel; accommodation in rooms for 2 or 3 peopleThe hotel is located in the town centre in an 18-century building with distinct architecture and vintage interior. There are shared facilities on the floor, washbasins with hot and cold water, modern shower cabins. The rooms are furnished with hand-made pine wood beds, bedside tables and cupdoards; the halls are covered with carpets. The hotel has a dining room that is located on the ground floorLunch. Excursion to the Photo-Izba private museum. Excursion to the Yeniseysk Museum of Local Lore. A sightseeing tour around Yeniseysk that situated on the Yenisei plain, on the left bank of the river below the place of Angara river confluence 330 km north of Krasnoyarsk. The town of Yeniseysk is hailed as an open-air museum because it boasts 94 listed samples of architecture. Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery and four churches are unique examples of the Siberian baroque style of middle and late 18th century. They are reminiscent of the Russian cathedrals of the 17th century in terms of their layout and decorative art. The stone civil housing of Yeniseysk is mostly comprised of two-storeyed houses along the high street, on the embankment and around the central squares. Dinner at the hotel.

12 August (Monday) – Day 15

Breakfast. Checkout. Excursion of a private museum dedicated to the carpenter's planer. It is the only collection of planers that got into the Guinness Book of Records. A bus ride to the Strelka the place where Angara river flows into Yenisei. There are many legends about beautiful Angara river, the only daughter of ancient Lake Baikal, and mighty Yenisei. Nothing could stop the self-willed daughter on her way to Yenisei: neither fierce cataracts or strewn boulders, nor steep cliffs or rapids. Picnic lunch surrounded by the beauties of nature. Departure to Krasnoyarsk by bus. Upon arrival in Krasnoyarsk, check-in at Krasnoyarsk Hotel in twin-bedded rooms. Dinner at the hotel.

13 August (Tuesday) - Day 16

Breakfast. 9:30 a.m. Sightseeing tour around Krasnoyarsk. Excursion to the Saint Nicholas steamboat which is a museum on board the ship that is permanently parked in Krasnoyarsk. Lunch. At 2:00 pm there will be a trip to the Krasnoyarsk Dam, with stops at the Tsar Fish viewpoint over Yenisei and the embankment in Divnogorsk. Trip to the village of Ovsyanka with an excursion to the memorial complex of Viktor Astafyev. Return to the hotel. Dinner.

14 August (Wednesday) - Day 17

Breakfast. 10:00 a.m. Tour to Stolby Nature Reserve that protects a territory located within the natural borders of the right-side tributaries of Yenisei river: Bazaikha river in the north-east, as well as Mana and Bolshaya Sliznevka in the south and south-west. In the north-east, the reserve borders with the city of Krasnoyarsk. It was established in 1925 on the initiative of the city residents to protect the nature area around the scenic syenitic rocks, or pillars. Its current area is 47,219 ha. Rock pillars are its main attraction. They are collectively called Stolby (pillars), though each rock has its own name, as well as some of the boulders. There are Stolby rocks proper that are open to the public, and the wild rocks that are hidden deep in the nature reserve and have restricted access. Return to Krasnoyarsk Hotel. Lunch at Krasnoyarsk Hotel. Free time. Dinner.

15 August (Thursday) - Day 18

Breakfast. Checkout.


The tour price includes: scheduled transfers; programmed meals; twin-bedded accommodation on board the boat in 1st-class passenger rooms; twin-bedded accommodation in hotel: Krasnoyarsk, Talnakh, and Dikson; tour programme; admission to museums; flight Norilsk–Dikson–Norilsk.

Extra charge for single accommodation in Krasnoyarsk (3 nights): 3,500 RUB/person; in Talnakh Hotel (2 nights): 5,000 RUB/person.

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

Extra charge for an en suite room in Yeniseyskaya Hotel per person: 2,000 RUB 

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

Extra charge for transfer from Krasnoyarsk Airport to Krasnoyarsk Hotel

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