Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

An amazing expedition from Yakutia to the Taymyr Peninsula on passenger cars! The journey that has never been taken by anyone. 33 days and 5000 km to go. Risky and dangerous, in extremely severe north conditions, it could be only done by real men.

The expedition starts in Neryungri (the lowest in a chain red point) and heads for Norilsk.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

The cars arrived to the start point by train and the crew – by airplane.

As we already mentioned, no one has ever done this on passenger cars. The only vehicles used in those north conditions are snowmobiles and Urals.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

The crew is ready.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

And the cars are prepared for the harsh conditions of the north.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

An asphalt highway from Yakutsk to Mirny (“Peaceful”). An average speed is 100 km/h.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

The road is sometimes straight, sometimes winding. The great taiga is all around.
Though it doesn’t look like Yakutia yet. At first glance, it resembles more the European North of Russia – the Arkhangelsk Region, or the Komi Republic.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Yakut horses can be often seen in these places. This semi-wild animal is as much unpretentious as the Kalashnikov rifle.
They can graze on their own during the whole year and even able to earn their living in 50-degree frost.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Because of the permafrost there are no any springs and wells here, so the locals have to saw the “drinking water” out of small rivers. The ice is clean and the water is good.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

It’s impossible to get to Mirny in any other season except winter because there is no bridge across the river between the two cities.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Coming closer to Mirny, the relief becomes more uneven. And you can barely see any dwellings on your way.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

The Mir kimberlite pipe. And the town of Mirny in the background, for the scale so to speak.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

500 km of a perfect road to Udachny (“Lucky”).

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Wonderful landscapes around.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Some larches are bent down by the weight of the snow.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

The Udachny pipe. The scale of the work done by human hands is difficult to show in the photo or even video.
Its depth is comparable with the height of the Ostankino tower. By the way, can you see BelAZ haul trucks there?

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Your height is the same as the wheel of this truck.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Udachny is the last point of the journey where the road is paved all year-round. Only winter roads and virgin soil are ahead.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

This one is just a meandering in the woods path. It is not quite smooth, but you can easily drive at a speed of 50 km/h.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Besides, it is constantly monitored and cleaned if necessary.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Surrounding landscapes are a feast to eyes. The snowy taiga, perfect weather…

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Almost no traffic.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

As it darkens, it becomes cold. The temperature is about -43… -45 º C. Once the road goes a little lower, the temperature drops to -50 º C.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Looking for a place to spend the night, it was decided to climb as high as possible so that it wasn’t so cold.
The morning invigorates, -50 º C.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

An impressive sunrise.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

The fog is above the river, -54 º C.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

This is the last place before Khatanga, where you can fill your car.
It’s noticeable that the exhaust pipe of a tank truck looks upwards. This is done on all heavy machinery in Yakutia, from buses to tractors.
Otherwise it would be almost impossible to see anything on the road in such a mixture of fog and exhausts.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Soon the winter road brings to the river. It’s easier to move here, as the relief is much smoother.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

This thing cleans the road from the snow.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

The Anabar – one of the biggest rivers of northern Siberia.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

High banks, a broad road. This is where lies the power of the North.
3000 km are passed and the 9th day of the expedition is over.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

Saskylakh is a small town located on the high river banks.

Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra

The great view from the hill.

17 thoughts on “Amazing Polar Expedition Along The Tundra”

  1. That was a fascinating adventure and a wonderfully refreshing post for such a hot sticky morning as it is here today. Thank You, I greatly appreciate it guys. 🙂

    • I would also like to say that at first when I saw there was 5 pages in this post, I was worried that it might be too much and become boring. But it’s well written so that I was looking forward to reading what was going on next and before I knew it the post had ended.

      There are many beautiful photographs to be seen in this post too. Thanks again. 🙂

  2. Wonderfull! I want to do the same thing going from Khantia-Mansia (where I live) to Chukotka! I’ll go through Krasnoyarsk Oblast, Sakha, and Magadan Oblast! And I’ll rally Anadyrsk (from Surgut) in less than 1 month!

  3. I remain with no superlative… all was used by my ante-writters…
    With this occasion I’ve bring up in my mind a fraze from my childhood. My father use to threat me “If you are bad, I will send you to Katanga”… I never know where it is till now.

  4. Wow! From the looks of it… It’s quite an adventure… long drives, seeing new places.. gotta save up now to be enjoy these!

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