Things to see and do in Yakutsk

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Special tourist attractions

Travelers come to Yakutsk for a variety of reasons. Many people come for business or family reasons. Tourists come because Yakutsk offers unique adventures and experiences. There are four different seasons in Yakutsk, and each season offers something unique and different.

In winter, Yakutsk is often the coldest city in the world. It’s not that far from the place that holds the record for the coldest inhabited place on earth. However, many are surprised that it can be hot in Yakutsk in the summer. There is a reason why all rooms at Bed & Breakfast Bravo! are air conditioned.

Here are some of the most famous tourist attractions:

Lena Pillars

In summer, visitors can view the Lena Pillars by boat or river cruise ship. In winter, the pillars can be reached by the ice road after the severe freezing of the Lena River. In any case, the Lena Pillars will amaze you with their beauty and grandeur.

Lena Pillars

In summer, visitors can view the Lena Pillars by boat or river cruise ship. In winter, the pillars can be reached by the ice road after the severe freezing of the Lena River. In any case, the Lena Pillars will amaze you with their beauty and grandeur.

Oymyakon and Verkhoyansk compete with each other for the title of the coldest settlement. Verkhoyansk currently holds the official record of -67.8°C. Oymyakon unofficially recorded a temperature of -71.2°C, but officially the lowest figure is -67.7°C. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Yakutsk is a mere -64.4°C.

Experience The Extreme Siberian Winter Weather

Extreme cold weather is common in the Republic of Sakha and Yakutsk. Yakutians consider -40 C a warm day in Yakutsk from December to February. It is not uncommon for temperatures to drop below -50°C.

Local residents live and work at such temperatures. Intense cold is tolerable if dressed appropriately in warm clothing. Generally, the air is fairly still and has very low humidity, so there is usually no “wind chill factor”.

Experience The Extreme Siberian Winter Weather

Oymyakon and Verkhoyansk compete with each other for the title of the coldest settlement. Verkhoyansk currently holds the official record of -67.8°C. Oymyakon unofficially recorded a temperature of -71.2°C, but officially the lowest figure is -67.7°C. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Yakutsk is a mere -64.4°C.

Extreme cold weather is common in the Republic of Sakha and Yakutsk. Yakutians consider -40 C a warm day in Yakutsk from December to February. It is not uncommon for temperatures to drop below -50°C.

Local residents live and work at such temperatures. Intense cold is tolerable if dressed appropriately in warm clothing. Generally, the air is fairly still and has very low humidity, so there is usually no “wind chill factor”.

Mir Diamond Mine in Mirny

There are several kimberlite pipe diamond mines in the Republic of Sakha, but the Mir mine is the best known, perhaps because it was the first and also because one end of the Mirny airport runway is so close to it.


There are regular flights between Yakutsk and Mirny, as well as between Moscow and Mirny.

The Mir diamond mine in Mirny is a man-made wonder of the world. It’s huge. The picture does not do it justice.


Open pit mining at the Mir mine is no longer in progress. The mine still produces diamonds, but all mining operations are now underground.

Mir Diamond Mine in Mirny

There are several kimberlite pipe diamond mines in the Republic of Sakha, but the Mir mine is the best known, perhaps because it was the first and also because one end of the Mirny airport runway is so close to it.

There are regular flights between Yakutsk and Mirny, as well as between Moscow and Mirny.

The Mir diamond mine in Mirny is a man-made wonder of the world. It’s huge. The picture does not do it justice.

Open pit mining at the Mir mine is no longer in progress. The mine still produces diamonds, but all mining operations are now underground.

Buluus glacier

The Buluus Glacier is a popular place to cool off during the hot summers. This is a day trip from Yakutsk. The place is in a sheltered valley and the ice remains throughout the summer.

Buluus glacier

The Buluus Glacier is a popular place to cool off during the hot summers. This is a day trip from Yakutsk. The place is in a sheltered valley and the ice remains throughout the summer.

A large cave was cut into the mountainside on the outskirts of Yakutsk. All the land is below the permafrost layer, so everything inside the cave remains frozen. It has become one of Yakutsk’s popular tourist attractions, especially in the summer when it’s hot outside. The temperature inside the cave remains fairly constant regardless of the temperature outside.

Ice Kingdom

Carved ice statues stand throughout the cave. Colored lighting complements the overall atmosphere of the Ice Kingdom. Many of these ice figurines will depict figures from Yakut folklore.


The caves were carefully excavated, resulting in many different halls and galleries. Visitors are given a warm coat and safety gear, as the cave is essentially a huge natural freezer.

Ice Kingdom

A large cave was cut into the mountainside on the outskirts of Yakutsk. All the land is below the permafrost layer, so everything inside the cave remains frozen. It has become one of Yakutsk’s popular tourist attractions, especially in the summer when it’s hot outside. The temperature inside the cave remains fairly constant regardless of the temperature outside.

Carved ice statues stand throughout the cave. Colored lighting complements the overall atmosphere of the Ice Kingdom. Many of these ice figurines will depict figures from Yakut folklore.

The caves were carefully excavated, resulting in many different halls and galleries. Visitors are given a warm coat and safety gear, as the cave is essentially a huge natural freezer.

Hunting and Fishing

The Republic of Sakha is famous for its freshwater fish, and anglers from all over the world come to catch the large fish that live in lakes and rivers.

The Republic of Sakha is rich in game. There are ducks, geese, wolves and hares that are popular with local hunters.


Hunters from all over the world come to the Sakha Republic to hunt big game such as bears, mountain sheep, moose and deer.

Hunting and Fishing

The Republic of Sakha is famous for its freshwater fish, and anglers from all over the world come to catch the large fish that live in lakes and rivers.

The Republic of Sakha is rich in game. There are ducks, geese, wolves and hares that are popular with local hunters.

Hunters from all over the world come to the Sakha Republic to hunt big game such as bears, mountain sheep, moose and deer.

Theaters

The theater is something special for Bed & Breakfast Bravo! We are located very close to the Opera and Ballet Theatre, and this is what influenced the choice of the theme of our interior design.

There are many theaters in Yakutsk.  You can enjoy classical opera, ballet, drama performances in Russian and Yakut.  Our administrators are always ready to help our guests purchase tickets for any performance.

The Sakha Ballet and Opera House also boasts an outstanding opera company with opera stars that have achieved international recognition.

The Sakha Ballet and Opera Theater is within walking distance of Bed & Breakfast Bravo! It has served as the inspiration for our theme in our B and B.

 

There is a very respected ballet school next to the theater, which is certainly one of the reasons why the ballet performances at the Sakha Ballet and Opera Theater are world-class.

The Sakha Ballet and Opera Theater is within walking distance of Bed & Breakfast Bravo! It has served as the inspiration for our theme in our B and B.

 

The Sakha Ballet and Opera House also boasts an outstanding opera company with opera stars that have achieved international recognition.

There is a very respected ballet school next to the theater, which is certainly one of the reasons why the ballet performances at the Sakha Ballet and Opera Theater are world-class.

Yakut culture is very rich, and a number of plays and even operas have been created on the basis of Yakut folklore. Yakut culture also has a unique musical history and national musical instruments. These performances are usually staged at the Sakha Theatre.

Many plays and operas are performed in the Yakut language. Russian translation is provided.

Yakut culture is very rich, and a number of plays and even operas have been created on the basis of Yakut folklore. Yakut culture also has a unique musical history and national musical instruments. These performances are usually staged at the Sakha Theatre.

Many plays and operas are performed in the Yakut language. Russian translation is provided.

It may not be as famous as other theaters in the world, but the Russian Drama Theater in Yakutsk puts on wonderful performances. Ticket prices are quite reasonable and a pleasant evening with an excellent performance can be guaranteed.

The Russian Drama Theater regularly puts on performances. It has a fairly large repertoire, among which there are both old favorites and completely new ones. In some cases, the plays are written by local playwrights.

It may not be as famous as other theaters in the world, but the Russian Drama Theater in Yakutsk puts on wonderful performances. Ticket prices are quite reasonable and a pleasant evening with an excellent performance can be guaranteed.

The Russian Drama Theater regularly puts on performances. It has a fairly large repertoire, among which there are both old favorites and completely new ones. In some cases, the plays are written by local playwrights.

The Sakha Diamond Circus claims to be the northernmost circus in the world, and this fact is not disputed.

The Sakha Circus is not only a circus, but also a circus school. Many circus performers trained at the Sakha Circus go on to professional careers in other circuses around the world.

The Sakha Diamond Circus claims to be the northernmost circus in the world, and this fact is not disputed.

The Sakha Circus is not only a circus, but also a circus school. Many circus performers trained at the Sakha Circus go on to professional careers in other circuses around the world.

Museums

In Yakutsk, you can visit interesting museums, some of which are unique and offer collections unlike any other in the world.

The Northeastern Federal University has a museum that is open to visitors by appointment. The museum is best known for its display of mammoths, but it’s actually a natural history museum that houses the remains of a number of species that once roamed the Sakha Republic.


Well-preserved mammoths have been found in the ice and permafrost, some of which have yielded preserved genetic material. University scientists, along with colleagues from other universities, hope to someday return mammoths and recreate their habitat.

The museum also includes a collection of archaeological objects that provide insight into the indigenous peoples of the Sakha Republic. Various cultural artifacts are on display.

The Northeastern Federal University has a museum that is open to visitors by appointment. The museum is best known for its display of mammoths, but it’s actually a natural history museum that houses the remains of a number of species that once roamed the Sakha Republic.

Well-preserved mammoths have been found in the ice and permafrost, some of which have yielded preserved genetic material. University scientists, along with colleagues from other universities, hope to someday return mammoths and recreate their habitat.

The museum also includes a collection of archaeological objects that provide insight into the indigenous peoples of the Sakha Republic. Various cultural artifacts are on display.

The Khomus, which is also called a jaw harp or Jew’s harp, is a folk musical instrument with a long history. There are variants from all over the world.

The  Khomus is the national symbol of the Yakut people, and many Yakut people have learned to play it.

The Khomus Museum is the only museum of its kind in the world. It contains a large collection of instruments from all over the world. The exhibition features both modern and ancient instruments.

The Khomus Museum is the only museum of its kind in the world. It contains a large collection of instruments from all over the world. The exhibition features both modern and ancient instruments.

The Khomus, which is also called a jaw harp or Jew’s harp, is a folk musical instrument with a long history. There are variants from all over the world.

The  Khomus is the national symbol of the Yakut people, and many Yakut people have learned to play it.

In the Yakutsk Treasury Museum, precious metals, precious stones and mammoth tusk have been turned into beautiful works of art. These are the natural treasures of Yakutia, but processed by local craftsmen into jewelry and other art objects.

In the Yakutsk Treasury Museum, precious metals, precious stones and mammoth tusk have been turned into beautiful works of art. These are the natural treasures of Yakutia, but processed by local craftsmen into jewelry and other art objects.

The Russian Academy of Sciences is located in the building next to Bed & Breakfast Bravo! The Russian Academy of Sciences has two museums that are open to the public by appointment.

Yakutsk has been an important center for various scientific disciplines for many years, and the importance of the contribution of the scientific community to the development of the city of Yakutsk cannot be denied. Documenting the history of the Yakut scientific community and preserving important historical documents is the role of the archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences. This museum is located on the second floor of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The Geological Museum is located on the ground floor of the building of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It has a collection of rocks and minerals from all over the Sakha Republic, as well as maps and information about where they are in the Republic. This is a particularly important and valuable collection for those involved in the discovery and exploitation of the mineral resources of Yakutia.

The Russian Academy of Sciences is located in the building next to Bed & Breakfast Bravo! The Russian Academy of Sciences has two museums that are open to the public by appointment.

The Geological Museum is located on the ground floor of the building of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It has a collection of rocks and minerals from all over the Sakha Republic, as well as maps and information about where they are in the Republic. This is a particularly important and valuable collection for those involved in the discovery and exploitation of the mineral resources of Yakutia.

Yakutsk has been an important center for various scientific disciplines for many years, and the importance of the contribution of the scientific community to the development of the city of Yakutsk cannot be denied. Documenting the history of the Yakut scientific community and preserving important historical documents is the role of the archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences. This museum is located on the second floor of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The Yakut Museum preserves the history and culture of the indigenous peoples of the north.

The Permafrost Institute allows visitors to take a tour of the museum by appointment. The highlight of the tour is the descent underground, where the ground is actually frozen. The Institute is a real, functioning research center, and climate scientists study how the layers of permafrost have  changed and are changing.

The Permafrost Institute allows visitors to take a tour of the museum by appointment. The highlight of the tour is the descent underground, where the ground is actually frozen. The Institute is a real, functioning research center, and climate scientists study how the layers of permafrost have  changed and are changing.

The National Art Museum houses the largest art collection in the north-east of Siberia, located in Yakutsk. The museum fund contains works by foreign, Russian masters of the 16th-20th centuries, a wide panorama of the art of Yakutia in the 18th-early 21st centuries.

This is a peak inside of one of the galleries in the National Art Museum
Национальном художественном музее Республики Саха
Национальном художественном музее Республики Саха

The National Art Museum houses the largest art collection in the north-east of Siberia, located in Yakutsk. The museum fund contains works by foreign, Russian masters of the 16th-20th centuries, a wide panorama of the art of Yakutia in the 18th-early 21st centuries.

This is a peak inside of one of the galleries in the National Art Museum

Museum of European Art

The Museum of European Art is located in one of the historical monuments in the city center and is a private collection of M.F. Gabyshev, transferred to the state. The collection does not contain any truly famous pieces, but some of the Flemish artists whose work is featured here have received wide recognition.

Historical Park “Russia – My History” is the newest museum in Yakutsk. This is an interactive museum in which all the exhibits are mostly virtual. The museum is connected with similar museums in other cities.

Historical Park “Russia – My History” is the newest museum in Yakutsk. This is an interactive museum in which all the exhibits are mostly virtual. The museum is connected with similar museums in other cities.

The Yakut State Literary Museum named after P. A. Oyunsky is within walking distance from the Bed & Breakfast Bravo! Among museum materials and exhibits, it contains a collection dedicated to the period of the Gulag and repressions.

The Yakut State Literary Museum named after P. A. Oyunsky is within walking distance from the Bed & Breakfast Bravo! Among museum materials and exhibits, it contains a collection dedicated to the period of the Gulag and repressions.

Интерьер литературного музея

National Library of the Sakha Republic

The National Library in Yakutsk is not only the largest library in Yakutsk, but also an archive of historical documents of the republic. The library also has a very nice meeting room where groups and organizations can hold important meetings.

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