Stone Trees of Yakutsk

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One of the cool natural breath-taking places in Russia are the “Lena’s stone forest” or “Lena’s Stone Pillars”.

Many spend a lot just to get there and to take a look. This place is where the virgin Siberian woods stand untouched and the only way to get there is to take a four day journey from Moscow city. First, you have to take a flight so long that if you flew opposite direction you could easily come to New York, so far from Moscow that is, but that’s still Russia. The average price for such flight is around $800 by Russian airlines, and as you might guessed there are no foreign competitors on those routes. Then upon the arrival to Yakutia region, the land from where the significant part of world’s diamonds production originate from. Then from there the only way to go to this place is by a boat. Armed native individuals can offer you a “cheap” $500 trip on a small boat, so in three days you can be on spot. They can show you the fields of wild hemp flower around which, as some tourists say, often can be picked up by your guide while you are exploring the stone forest, and then boiled together with some milk to meet you when you are back in camp with some mind blowing mixture. And they are all armed there, those natives. Also you can take bit larger river boat that are run by some local companies and go with more comfort up the river. Of course, then there are no armed natives or botanical exploration.

Also this one can be see on google maps to get an idea where the heck it is.

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In winter locals can offer you one more way to there.

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The signs of untouched nature.

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Image credits: V. Grigorev, A. Butorin

57 thoughts on “Stone Trees of Yakutsk”

  1. Again I wonder why tourism isn’t stimulated in any way in Russia. The largest country in the world has less visitors p/yr than the city of Amsterdam. People could prosper and make decent money, infrastructure could be developed, etc etc. A great national park. Altai mountains, same story. But it requires long term vision, and there’s the problem…

    • A strange statistic, people who visit Amsterdam are either there for a short amount of time because of airplane change or they go there to buy dope.

    • Tourism in Russia is so underdeveloped that the biggest country in the world, 12 time zones etc. welcomes less tourists than the city of Amsterdam, Holland p/yr.

      Nobody wants to invest in infra structure because it gives not immediate profit – the big attitude problem of Russia. Short term vision, like an adolescent has.

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        Third: People in search of a better life move to the cities – already more than 10% of population is living in Moscow and St.Pete. These cities become unmanageable.

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          Fourth: building and maintaining a good infrastructure would be an excellent side-effect of developing tourism and stimulating small and middle-sized business in remote areas. People can make a living over there, do not have to move, can afford children and prosper in general.

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          Fourth: building good infrastructure would be an excellent side-effect of developing tourism and stimulating small and middle-sized business in remote areas.

          • People can make a living over there, do not have to move, can afford children and prosper in general. Currently Russia does not produce or export anything outside of natural resources. This is very limiting and creates enormous dependency on global [external] trends [the current crisis shows this very clearly – disastrous for Russia]
            Fifth: I want to point out the very very limited way of thinking in Russia in general. Short term thinking, “lets make profit today!” instead of long-term planning for prosperity.

          • People can make a living over there, do not have to move, can afford children and prosper in general. Currently Russia does not produce or export anything outside of natural resources.

          • People can make a living over there, do not have to move, can afford children and prosper in general. Currently Russia does not produce or export anything outside of natural resources. This is very limiting and creates enormous dependency on global [external] trends [the current crisis shows this very clearly – disastrous for Russia]
            Fifth: I want to point out the very very limited way of thinking in Russia in general. Short term thinking, “lets make profit today!” instead of long-term planning for prosperity.

          • People can make a living over there, do not have to move, can afford children and prosper in general. Currently Russia does not produce or export anything outside of natural resources. This is very limiting and creates enormous dependency on global [external] trends [the current crisis shows this very clearly – disastrous for Russia]

            Fifth: I want to point out the very very limited way of thinking in Russia in general. Short term thinking, “lets make profit today!” instead of long-term planning for prosperity.

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            People can make a living over there, do not have to move, can afford children and prosper in general. Currently Russia does not produce or export anything outside of natural resources. This is very limiting and creates enormous dependency on global [external] trends [the current crisis shows this very clearly – disastrous for Russia]
            Fifth: I want to point out the very very limited way of thinking in Russia in general. Short term thinking, “lets make profit today!” instead of long-term planning for prosperity.

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          Fifth: I want to point out the very limited way of thinking in Russia in general. Short term thinking, “lets make profit today!” instead of long-term planning for prosperity.

        • –I want to point out the very very limited way of thinking in Russia in general. Short term thinking, “profit today!” instead of long-term prosperity-planning.

          • Short-term over long-term is not unique to Russian thinking, its worldwide!
            I wouldn’t say I’d want a MdDonalds right next to the pretty rocks, but there are many beatiful places that could be enjoyed by more people without harming them (much), and that could create some jobs to some people. Would the benefit outweigh the damage? I do not know.

        • No one starts a business with the idea of developing it and expanding it. They start, and as soon as it begins to take off they sell it to an outside party, most of the time a foreigner, that will reap the benefits instead of the Russians. IMO: BAD attitude!!

          Russia is suffering from a enormous minority-complex, has the urge to prove over and over again “We matter!!”, even though no-one cares. Promoting patriotism, [xenophobia=side-effect], promoting protectionism, etc etc. Resulting in ‘prestigious’ projects [usually insane and useless undertakings resulting in nothing that lasts].

          What would really impress the outside world and really make a difference for Russian citizens would be a corruption-free, business-friendly and efficient Russia. But I do not think I’ll live [nor my children or their children] to see this happen. Sad as it may be. Self-critisism is hardly appreciated in Russia, although Medvedev showed some promising attempts recently. Outside critisism results in response like yours. Useless blabbering, no constructive ideas or remarks. Sad.

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        Fourth: building and maintaining a good infrastructure would be an excellent side-effect of developing tourism and stimulating small and middle-sized business in remote areas. People can make a living over there, do not have to move, can afford children and prosper in general. Currently Russia does not produce or export anything outside of natural resources. This is very limiting and creates enormous dependency on global [external] trends [the current crisis shows this very clearly – disastrous for Russia]

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        Fifth: I want to point out the very very limited way of thinking in Russia in general. Short term thinking, “lets make profit today!” instead of long-term planning for prosperity. No one starts a business with the idea of developing it and expanding it. They start, and as soon as it begins to take off they sell it to an outside party, most of the time a foreigner, that will reap the benefits instead of the Russians. IMO: BAD attitude!!

      • Fourth: building and maintaining a good infrastructure would be an excellent side-effect of developing tourism and stimulating small and middle-sized business in remote areas. People can make a living over there, do not have to move, can afford children and prosper in general. Currently Russia does not produce or export anything outside of natural resources. This is very limiting and creates enormous dependency on global [external] trends [the current crisis shows this very clearly – disastrous for Russia]

  2. It looks like some areas of southern Utah(USA).
    Some people call Utah the Soviet Union of America!It is a beautiful state but the state government enforces strict limits on many things.

  3. Simply Amazing, the first picture is breathtaking, Russia is simply mysterious and amazing, I wish I could be there.

    -From India with Love

  4. I’m an American.

    there. sorry.

    I LOVE Russia, it is such a beautiful place; both the cities and the country.

    but there is NO tourist infrastructure.

    Build that… and we will come.

  5. One photo is not from Russia. (in front of a photo with the caption:
    In winter locals can offer you one more way to there). It Shilin, 100 km from Kunming, Yunnan, China. I was in both places

  6. I’ve been many many times to Russia (Moscow,St Petersburg,Belgorod and Murmansk) – Even though i live in the absolute mediterranean South (Island Of Crete), the absolute north of Russia is so amazing. Despite it’s problems that still exist (severly old constructions, environmental issues and pollution, poverty), the feeling that leaves you as a visitor keeps you interested though. I can’t forget the true WRC racing style taxi drivers, rapid and smooth ^^ Also can’t forget one person that i loved so much…

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