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 SSC, 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 :
Now some pics of Yakutsk, the capital city of Sakha Republic, and its port on the river :
7- All buildings are built on stilts because of permafrost :
8- And all the pipes are built above ground :
10- Here is the port of Yakutsk, located 1,500 km inland from the Arctic Ocean :
15- A ferry, to cross the river (there isn't any single bridge on the Lena river) :
17- Going south to the spectacular Lena pillars :
20- Here is our ship :
21- She's named after a famous Russian poet, Mikhail Svetlov :
26- Our ship and a sister ship (in the foreground), anchored to the shore :
To be continued.