Krasnoyarsk Krai

krasnoyarsk krai – красноярский край

Krasnoyarsk Krai occupies a huge territory extending 4,000 km from grassy steppes in the south to the icebound Arctic Ocean in the north. It includes the Taimyr (Dolgan-Nenets) Autonomy which occupies Taimyr Peninsula and Northern Land archipelago and Evenkia Autonomy located approximately in the middle of the Krai. The two autonomies can be reached by car but only by seasonal winter roads when swamps and rivers are solidly frozen.

achinsk – ачинск

If you travel by road you can drive through Achinsk located 170 km west of Krasnoyarsk. When approaching the town, huge ash dumps will attract your attention. These are byproduct of the Achinsk alumina plant. Nothing much to see in Achinsk founded in 1683 but the administrative high-rise and the 1832 Kazan Cathedral.

kansk – канск

Kansk was founded in 1636. It is located 230 km east of Krasnoyarsk. If you travel by road from Irkutsk to Krasnoyarsk it is advisable to stay overnight in Kansk to avoid very late arrival in Krasnoyarsk as the distance between Irkutsk and Krasnoyarsk equals 1,100 km. The Siberia Hotel is centrally located, simple and cheap. OK for one night.

The 1804 Trinity Church.

evenkia – эвенкия

Evenkia boasts the lowest population density in Russia. Just 0.02 persons per square km. The area about the size of France or Turkey is populated by about 16,000 people. The town of Tura located at the confluence of the Nizhniya Tunguska and Kochuchum rivers is Evenkia's administrative center.

The Nizhniya Tunguska is navigable.

The WWII memorial.

The only hotel in Tura.

The bust of Vasily Uvachan who headed Evenkia in 1961-75 and contributed a lot to the development of the area.

There is only one all-the-year-round road in Evenkia 17 km long from the center of Tura to the airport.



taimyr peninsula – полуостров таймыр

Taimyr Peninsula is the territory of Dolgan-Nenets Autonomy. The administrative center is Dudinka. I have never been to Dudinka but for 10 years frequented the town of Khatanga located in the middle of the peninsula. In 1993-2002 we used Khatanga as a springboard for our international skydiving expeditions to the North Pole. The remote Khatanga was founded in 1626.

An Antonov-74 on tarmac of Khatanga airport waiting for its departure to the North Pole.

A jetty made of ice on the Khatanga River.

Tundra around Khatanga is strewn with remains of woolly mammoths.

Woolly mammoth tusks, teeth, bones, etc are displayed in the underground museum.

Every April the only hotel in Khatanga was overcrowded with travelers heading for the North Pole.

Photos of Khatanga town, the Khatanga River and tundra taken while I was gliding under open parachute canopy (1995).

Happy Dolgan-Nenets kids (1995).

Sometimes locals treat tourists to a concert (2002).

In return tourists treat locals to vodka (1998).

The village of Kresty (Кресты) 20 km west of Khatanga (1993).

Locals were often under influence (1993).

The village of Novorybnaya (Новорыбная) about 150 km north-east of Khatanga. 45 minutes by helicopter.

With lovely Dolgan girls in Novorybnaya (1994).

The most industrious Dolgans and Nenets tend reindeer herds in tundra.

northern land – северная земля

I many times landed on the Sredny Island on the way to or from the North Pole. It is a small island within the Sedov archipelago west the October Revolution Island. There is an aerodrome and a border guards garrison on the island. I also visited the Cape Arctichesky - the northernmost point of the archipelago but took no pictures.

The Sredny Island.

Sunbathing at latitude 80 degrees North.

Antonov-26 and Antonov-12 on tarmac in Sredny.

The brown building houses air traffic control and living quarters.

Crews are heading for their cockpits.

Fuel tanks and barrels are the main feature of the landscape.

My daughter on Sredny Island in April 2001.

Manual refueling of Antonov-26.

Unloading Antonov-74 in 1994. The cargo was transferred to Antonov-26. See next photo.