Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

A famous Russian blogger Sergei, has recently traveled in his Land Rover through one of the most distant Russian highways – Kolyma. In fact the name of this region, after which the highway is named, is often used in the Russian language to mean “the place very far away and inhabited by prisoners.” However, as Sergei says, it is at the same time scary and beautiful “as often happens”. He says that this is the most beautiful road he has ever traveled in Russia (and he has traveled a lot) but…

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

but, despite its beauty, it’s almost 100% unpaved, no matter that it connects two of the largest Siberian cities. But it all doesn’t matter says Sergei, as you always want to stop and check the awesome views.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

He says he once travelled through this place in winter, and all the locals said to come back in summer and be stunned by beauty. So he returned and never regretted it!

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

The first 100 kms from Magadan is paved, says Sergei, then it becomes semi paved with conditions that are so bad that it would be better to not be paved at all.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

And then the paved road ends!

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

This unpaved road has a 80 km/h limit for passenger cars and busses and 60 km/h for trucks and bikes.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

And this is what Sergei liked the least – the endless hours where dust from the road is obstructing all views. As you can see, they travelled in a group of British cars and to see anything at all they had to go a great distance one spot to another.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Like this. Also if you see a cloud of dust ahead it means there is someone coming.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

All of the cars soon become dirty.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Sergei says it’s always very scary to pass a truck because the huge dust cloud causes zero visibility.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Locals travel in Japanese off-road vehicles with huge wheels.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

The most common problem here is a flat tire.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Then it started to rain and all of the dust settled – so you could now go and see the views. And by the way they had to go 1800 kilometers.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

This region, Kolyma, is a gold mining region. Many of the local rivers are damaged and distorted by gold miners.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

These are the consequences of hunting for gold for over a hundred years.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

And this too.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Sometimes you have to ford streams.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

There are also lots of abandoned villages and small towns.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

They were probably built before the gold mining towns.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Buildings remian totally empty, not one single person lives here now.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Then suddenly, in the middle of nowhere, they found a short piece of paved road , just 200 meters long, it even has a pedestrian crossing.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

And this is the Kolyma river which gave its name to the region and to the road.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Don’t forget to view fullscreen – click on the images!

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Sergey says gas stations are very rare on the highway so they carried gas in jerry cans.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

And local gas stations are not comfy – no shops, no restrooms, nothing but gas.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Gas is stored in these huge tanks.
Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

When they stopped at night they camped in tents.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

And were eating local treats – caviar and calamari which are being harvested in abundance in the Russian Far East.

Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary

Hope you liked Sergei’s story! He says he has some more to share about this trip, so we probably would post this too! And his site is below:

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6 thoughts on “Russian Highway Kolyma Beautiful and Scary”

  1. I’ve wondered the same thing Reziac. Have you checked out the aerial views of Moscow? High rise apartments for as far as the eye cans see.

    • You can live in them and even lay claim to them, but you would have to provide for yourself. Meaning bring your own supplies and your own heat during winter.

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