We Visited Taymyr (Putorana Plateau - Brekhovsky Islands - Dickson)

 Day 1

Arrival in Norilsk, Alykel Airport.  Meeting at the airport, group transfer to Norilsk. Departure for Talnakh, check-in at the Talnakh Hotel (DBL). Lunch. Norilsk attractions guided tour. Norilsk was named for its location area. In particular, the city is located by the Norilsk mountains and close to the Norilskaya (Norilka) River that belongs to the Pyasina River basin. The travellers Khariton Laptev, A. F. Middendorf and F. B. Schmidt mentioned the Norilskaya River and the Norilsk mountains in their records, while the Norilka River naming has a number of origin interpretations. One of the versions says that the name derives from 'norilo' (i.e., a long thin pole to stretch trap net string under the ice from one hole to another). According to another version, the name of the river and the city may come from Evenki or Yukaghir words 'narus' or 'nioril', respectively, both meaning 'swamps'. Nowadays, Norilsk is an industrial city with a storied history and Norilsk Nikel being its principal employer and mainstay. Return to the hotel. Dinner.

Day 2

Breakfast. Leaving the things that you do not want to take on the trip in the hotel luggage room. Transfer to the Norilka River quay and embarkation on a speedboat. Trip to the Lake Lama on the Putorana Plateau (it will take 5 hours). Lunch (lunchbox) on the speedboat. Established in 1988, the Putoransky State Nature Reserve (1,887,251 ha) was declared to be a World Heritage Site. It is located on the border of Taymyr and the Evenk Autonomous Districts of the Krasnoyarsk Territory.  The Reserve is situated in the central (the most elevated) part of the vast and nearly virgin Putorana Plateau. The lower peripheral regions of the plateau adjacent to the Reserve in the west, north and east were qualified as its buffer zone. This ''half-ring'' coincides with the buffer zone of the World Heritage Site. The Putorana Plateau is a distinctive scenic natural system with the greatest number of waterfalls and mountain lakes (including extremely exotic ones; e.g., narrow, extended and deep ''fjord lakes'') even in terms of international scale. Also, it encloses a whole complex of high flat-topped mountain formations divided by deep broad lofty canyons. The Lake Lama also known as the Northern Switzerland, Taymyr Baikal and Polar Ritsa. Perhaps, this is the most beautiful and famous lake in Taymyr. Its name is on a par with other Northern hydronyms. The lake with tectonic basin is located in a deep mountain cavity. Scientists estimate the lake's age to be around 100 million years old. The name of the lake comes from Manchu-Tungus 'laamu' – sea, ocean, and Evenki 'lamu' – sea, spring flood. Moreover, the Evenks living much farther to the south used the same name (i.e., Lama) for the Lake Baikal. Arrival in a tourist camp. Check-in (DBL, QDPL). Dinner. A walk in the Reserve buffer zone.

Day 3.

Breakfast. Walking tour through the Putoransky Reserve buffer zone. A walk to the Southern Neralakh Waterfall. Insight into the local flora and fauna and a photo shoot. Lunch. Waterfalls tour to the Vitaminka River. Dinner.

Day 4.

Breakfast. A walking tour through the Putoransky Reserve buffer zone to the Lake Lama viewpoint.  Lunch. Speedboat trip to Norilsk. Check-in at the Talnakh hotel (DBL). Dinner. Excursion to Talnakh Town viewpoint.

Day 5.

Early breakfast (lunchbox). Check-out. Departure for Dudinka river port. Embarkation on a motor ship. Travel down the Yenisei. Background information on the travel route of the motor ship. Lunch on the motor ship. Evening arrival in Brekhovsky Islands. Dinner. Island water channel tour.

Day 6.

Breakfast. Brekhovsky Islands wildlife area tour. The area includes islands related to the Yenisei interior delta and its tributaries, swamps and lakes. Total area is 288.5 thousand ha. Any activity affecting animals and their environment is prohibited in the territory. More than 100 avian species live on Brekhovsky Islands. Several rare and protected species such as yellow-billed loon, white-tailed eagle, peregrine falcon, Bewick's swan, red-breasted goose, and lesser white-fronted goose inhabit the Yenisei River delta. The Yenisei estuary is famous for abundance and diversity of Coregonidae and Siberian sturgeon. A motor ship trip to Dudinka. Lunch. Dinner. Arrival in Dudinka at 23:00. Transfer to the Yeniseiskie Ogni Hotel, check-in (DBL).

Day 7.

Breakfast. A special Taymyrian Initiation Ceremony in the museum. Excursion in the Taymyr Local Lore Museum. The 80th anniversary of the museum took place on September 4, 2017. The museum collection contains tens of thousands of items reflecting dramatic events related to this district and the country as a whole. Personal items of distinguished locals who made invaluable contribution to Taymyr development are routinely replenished by the museum staff. These are the people studying Taymyr unique nature along with history and promoting a distinct culture of native minorities. Permanent exhibition (S = 1172.5 m2) occupies three floors. The museum art collection (paintings, black-and-white art, applied and decorative arts, theme exhibitions of the Taymyr Museum collection, exhibitions of private collections and other Russian museums) is on the ground floor. Man and Nature exhibit (total area - 376.8 m2) is located on the first floor. This part of permanent exhibition tells us about very complicated diverse nature of Taymyr and culture of indigenous people (the Nganasans, the Enets, the Nenets, the Dolgans and the Evenks). The Taymyr Local Lore Museum possesses some unique world's only collections (primarily, shaman costumes, as well as cult objects of the Nganasans and the Enets peoples). The second floor hosts a historical exhibition. In 2012 a unique mammoth's skeleton was found in the Taymyr tundra. This Zhenya the Baby Mammoth was called after the nickname of a boy Evgeny Salinder, who discovered it in subsoil of the Sopochnaya Karga Cape. It became a really priceless exhibit item of the Taymyr Local Lore Museum because it is the world's only such a valuable palaeontological artefact. Lunch. Dudinka attractions guided tour. This is the coldest (rarely but still the place reports register the temperature drops down to -57°C) and the most northern (69°21' N) city on the planet. It is located on the right coast of Yenisei at the confluence of the Yenisei and Dudinka Rivers. The latter is thought to be called in tribute to Dudin, the first Russian miner, who made his home here, just above the river estuary, in the first half of the 17th century. Then, the city was named after this river. Another point of view is that the name of the city was derived from Russian transcription of the Evenki word 'dugin' (anabranch, branch island, anabranch estuary) and 'dugu' (river point). 'Duginma' is an accusative case of the word 'dugin'. Finally, the third point of view is that the name derived from Russian transcription of Enets-Somat word 'kaduga' (blizzardy site). That was how these peoples wandering near the contemporary Dudinka and adjacent areas called the place on the high right bank of the Yenisei where Dudinka is located now. F. Nansen writes, ''A hill covered by rare shunted wood dominates Dudinka. It was the first upland we have seen while travelling up the Yenisei...''. (He sailed from Dickson in the ice-free months of 1913 - L. N.). Dinner. A night in the hotel.

Day 8.

Transfer to Alykel Airport. Departure for Dickson. Dickson Airport is situated on the island 5 km away from the main part of the polar town. Arrival, accommodation in public housing. Lunch. The town attractions guided tour. Dickson District includes the most northern Eurasian points (Severnaya Zemlya and Саре Chelyuskin). During this trip we will visit a monument to N. A. Begichev (i.e., a researcher of the Taymyr Peninsula). In 1908 he discovered two islands later called after him – Bolshoy Begichev and Maly Begichev. They lay in estuary of the Khatanga and the Anabar Rivers flowing into the Laptev Sea. Also, we will visit a monument to P. Tessem - a Norwegian sailor, R. Amundsen's expeditionist. On 24 June 1918, Roald Amundsen aboard The Mod ship left Oslo and set a course for Taymyr coast. The crew consisted of 9 persons. On 9 September, The Mod was nipped in ice near Cape Chelyuskin. Amundsen fell from the board and got a double arm break. In 5 weeks he was nearly torn to pieces by a bear. On 10 December, he was intoxicated by carbonic oxide produced by a malfunctioning kerosene lamp. Tessem and young Knudsen went on a postal message to Dickson. They had never gone back to their native land, and their remains were only found in 1921-1922. We will visit the Memorial of Glory dedicated to those fallen in the famous Northern Battle during the Great Patriotic War. Another stop will be at Nicholas the Wonderworker Church. The Christians consider him to be a wonderworker, as well as a patron of sailors, merchants and children. Adolf Nordenskiold, a North-East Passage pioneer, wrote, ''This harbour is the best on a whole Northern Asian coast, and then it will be of great importance for Siberian trade''. He bought a small vessel called Preven and went to the estuary of Yenisei. He found a convenient harbour there and named it the Dickson Harbour after Oskar Dickson, a manufacturer who had funded the expedition. A. Nordenskiold was the first who used the Northern Sea Route to pass from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in 1878—1879. Dinner.

Day 9.

Breakfast. A road-free vehicle trip to the Kara Sea Harbour. Chichagof Coast is a sea coast of about 200 km length from west to east located in the south-western part of the Taymyr Peninsula between the Yenisei Bay and the Pyasina River estuary. It is washed by the Kara Sea and the Pyasina Bay. The Byrranga Mountains spurs form its southern border. Accommodation in fisherman's cabins. A walk through the adjacent territory. The Kara Sea coast tour. Dinner.

Day 10.

Breakfast. An excursion to the East along the Coast of Chichagof, in tundra and through the Kara Sea harbours. The Eastern Coast of Chichagof is characterized by bleaker nature. Near the Pyasina Bay you may even see icebergs detached from an ice shelf. Except for 2-3 summer months, ships can only navigate assisted by powerful icebreakers in these waters. In general, poor thinned vegetation cover consists of perennial plants. Mainly, we can see moss, lichens, procumbent bushes and several herbs. The coasts are high and bold. Stony sculptures are amazingly beautiful. The harbours have eternal glaciers that never melt. Return to the lodge. Lunch. A photo shoot in the bay. Dinner.

Day 11.

Breakfast. Excursion to the Western Bays of the Kara Sea. Taymyr forest tundra is a very amazing site. In general, there are about 350 thousands of impressively diversified plant species on the planet. Although inhospitable Northern Taymyr does not have such a wide range of plant species, its summer finery can even rival Alpine meadows. In particular, it demonstrates yellow arctic poppies, large blue carrion flowers, light blue forget-me-nots, white stars of mountain avens and chickweeds, raspberry-red, yellow, white and brown red saxifrages. As the Far North is endowed with many birds, fish and animals, the territory seems to be abundant and generous. Lunch. Banya (Russian sauna). Dinner.

Day 12.

Breakfast. Tundra tour. The charm of tundra is worth it to overcome any prejudice, inconveniences and long journey difficulties. You will see the life of tundra landscape in the diversity of all its biological chains and links. The Taymyr tundra is inhabited by polar hares, Arctic foxes, foxes, wolves, European reindeer. The forest is full of squirrels and the lakes are inhabited by muskrats. There is a number of valuable fish in rivers and lakes, and sea hares, white whales, ringed seals and walruses in the seas. Every spring many avian come back to their bleak native tundra. Short local summer is full of wild life sounds. In summer they call the Taymyr tundra ''the land of non-setting sun''. Lunch - a picnic on the Kara Sea coast. Time off. Dinner.

Day 13.

Breakfast. Departure for Dickson. A stay in public housing. Lunch. Sea port cargo terminal tour. Dinner.

Day 14.

Breakfast. Excursion to a school museum where you will see exhibit items jointly collected by Dickson Town inhabitants over a long period of time. Lunch. Dinner.

Day 15.

Breakfast. Transfer to the Dickson Airport. Dickson Island tour. Visit to the monument to the sailors of the North Sea fleet killed in action with a fascist Admiral Scheer battleship. The Dickson Island left a mark in the history of the Great Patriotic War as the most Eastern USSR territory engaged in the battle with Nazi aggressors. In November 2015, Dickson was declared to be a Territory of the Military Glory. Dickson Town is the only populated area in the Krasnoyarsk Territory where combat took place. On 27 August 1942, Admiral Scheer, a heavy German cruiser, made landfall and engaged fire on the port and the work settlement. The entire population of the island defended Dickson. The vessel had to withdraw from the assault landing and turned back. In 1915 Russian society of Wireless Telecommunications established a radio station at the place (15 kW). Also, meteorological instruments (a weather vane, a rain gauge and an English instrument shelter) were set here. But developing navigation required regular data on weather and ice state in this region of the Kara Sea. In the beginning of June 1916, some expeditionists left Krasnoyarsk on the Lena steamboat. In July-August, I. K. Tikhomirov, Assistant Head of Hydrometeorological Department of the Principal Hydrographic Office, rearranged the meteorological observation. Departure for Norilsk. Check-in at the Talnakh Hotel (DBL).  Time off. Dinner.

Day 16.

Breakfast. Check-out. Departure from Alykel Airport. 


The cost includes: transfers and meals as per the programme, 3-time meals, Talnakh Hotel and Yeniseiskie Ogni Hotel (DBL), public housing accommodation in Dickson Town, excursion program, museum entrance tickets, Norilsk-Dickson-Norilsk flights.

Single supplement: Talnakh Hotel (3 nights) - 7,500 RUB/person, Dudinka (2 nights) - 2,400 RUB/person.

Surcharge for entrance into Arctic regions for foreign citizens (price per person - 3,000 RUB

Optional transfer from the Talnakh Hotel to the Alykel Airport (extra cost).

Accident insurance (if necessary, made by the tourist).In case of weather conditions threatening life and health of tourists, the excursion program will be changed!!!