Travelling on the Yenissei River

The travel starts in the city of Norilsk, a big industrial city situated North of the Arctic Circle. The history of its development is covered by its homonymous museum. A memorial erected in honour of the Russian and foreign prisoners working in the minefields completes the overview of the local history. The geographical situation of this site close to Putorana gives the opportunity to have a short excursion to this magnificent plateau still largely unexplored (see Putorana description). Second longest river in Russia (it exceeds 4000 km) and first by its flow rate, Yenissei is navigable only in summer. It is fed by several tributaries, which you will be able to see during navigation. The ship will advance upstream and that is why it will have a much slower pace than when it goes downstream. This slow pace allows observe villages living in complete autarchy during most of the year and for which the river is the only path of communication. Therefore, at every stopover without docking the ship is surrounded by loads coming to load and unload goods. The cruise starts in Dudinka, the coldest and most northern city on earth beyond the Arctic Circle, provided with a highly interesting regional museum. The first stop after crossing the Arctic Circle will be the village of Turukhansk, exile place for many revolutionaries, among whom Stalin deserves to be mentioned, with a museum devoted to them.

Except for the stopovers in small villages which set a small market at the arrival of the ship, the most picturesque part of the trip is the crossing of the Osinovsky canyon, a narrow one-way channel among small densely vegetated islands. The last stop of the cruise will allow you to admire the town of Yeniseisk, a historical city considered as an open-air museum. Established in the XVII century it has become the capital of fur trade in the XVIII century. After the visit a coach will lead you to Strelka, the confluence of rivers Yenisei and Angara. From there you will continue to Krasnoyarsk, modern city which keeps few remnants of its past. Two most interesting visits expects you: the first to the hydro electrical power station on the Yenisei and to the estate of writer Astafiev and the second to the 17000-ha natural reserve named “The Pillars”.

Trip including this destination:  From Norilsk to Krasnoyarsk