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A journey along the Lena river, Eastern Siberia

Here are some pics I took during summer 2016, while doing a river cruise along the Lena river, the easternmost of the three great siberian rivers.
This long river (4,472 km, 11th in the world) crosses the Sakha Republic (also known as Yakutia), one of the most sparsely populated region of Russia (0.31 inh./km² or 0.80/sq mi).

On this map (sorry for the mercator projection), you can see in yellow the route I took :


Other colours are for my other trips from previous years. I've already made, here on SSP, some threads about my trips in 2010, 2011 and 2015. Just look up my profile if you are interested.



So before the pics, let's start by a video I made. It's like a trailer for this thread :

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Now some pics of Yakutsk, the capital city of Sakha Republic, and its port on the river :

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10- Here is the port of Yakutsk, located 1,500 km inland from the Arctic Ocean :


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15- A ferry, to cross the river (there isn't any single bridge on the Lena river) :


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Old Posted Oct 8, 2017, 4:03 PM
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wow this is great.

i think the first impression is that it looks a lot warmer around there than expected given siberia's reputation.

given my own visit to central asia and the old soviet union i wonder if the zara city mall is the real zara or a bootleg version? lol.

the first photo of the lena pillars in particular is just stunning.

other views resemble the palisades here around nyc.

my neighbor took a trip across siberia when he was younger, so i have actually heard about these places -- what an adventure!

more to come i hope?!
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i think the first impression is that it looks a lot warmer around there than expected given siberia's reputation.
Yes, but it was in July ! This region is actually the coldest place in the northern hemisphere. Temperatures can go down below - 60 °C in winter.
And, as the ship was going north, down the river to its mouth and the Arctic Ocean, there were less and less trees, as we were going from taiga to tundra, and small pockets of snow started to appear.

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Great pics! Had me on google for a while reading and checking out the city.

One quick question. I understand the buildings being built on stilts because of permafrost but the pipes above ground, I would have thought below ground would be better because of the insulation.
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holy fuck, this is my dream. i’m obsessed with central/northern deep-continental asia.
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One of the more underexposed regions on the planet. Interesting place. I could only imagine how cold it is during the winter.
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One quick question. I understand the buildings being built on stilts because of permafrost but the pipes above ground, I would have thought below ground would be better because of the insulation.
I think that the ground freezing in winter then thawing during spring and summer would probably cause heavy damages on buried pipes. Moreover they are easily accessible if they are built above ground and I guess it's more convenient if you have to fix something (and I am pretty sure you always have to fix something in thid kind of harsh climate).

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I can recognize something from our country there... Thankfully, huh.

I'm not going to lie, the commieblocks are a shame of theirs, but their wild nature is splendid.
It looks huge like Alaska.

I like what you're doing here, Nantais. You're such a lucky dude for traveling like this.
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it kind of does look like alaska, funny thing.

i've flown over alaska and then down over siberia over the east siberian sea and from a plane, it looks like the same place. the same, squishy potholed coastline.
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The latest round of pictures definitely look more Alaska-like.

There is so much untouched acreage and future potential -- it's as if it's the final frontier.
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this just looks like an insanely vast river
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Yes, Siberia and Russian Far East look like Alaska or Northern Canada. The fact that they are different countries shouldn't fool us about how they are strikingly similar : they share the same biotopes (taiga and tundra), very look-alike native cultures and the same history of colonization.
Actually it's not odd that Russian tried to colonize Alaska back in the 19th century, it was simply the logical next step to their conquest of the East.

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This is fantastic, thanks for sharing!
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