AirRussia.US News - April 2013   
Magadan
This summer, Yakutsk and Magadan will be more accessible than ever for travelers from North America.
Photo: Marching band in Magadan parade, Courtesy of Pavel Zhdanov



  

TOURS: EXPLORE KAMCHATKA & THE RUSSIAN FAR EAST, SUMMER 2013. 
 
Kamchatka Volcanoes

Tour operators and outfitters experienced in travel to Eastern Russia offer trips to accommodate a wide range of interests, ranging from wildlife and cultural tours to fishing, volcano-climbing and scientific expeditions. 
 
 
 

  

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The RUSSIAN FAR EAST 
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Traditional festivals in Yakutsk and Ulan-Ude...
RAPP meeting in Vladivostok... 
Diamond Week in Yakutia...
Navy parade in Vladivostok, and more! 
 

 

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Yakut woman in traditional clothing at Ysyakh festival. Photo: Yakutia Airlines
Celebrate Ysyakh festival in Yakutsk... 
Ysyakh festival, the traditional Yakut summer solstice celebration will be held in Yakutsk on June 29-30, 2013. This holiday is a celebration of the revival and renewal of the nature, fertility and beginning of a new year. It is accompanied by national Yakut rituals and ceremonies, folk dancing, horse racing, Yakut ethnic music and singing, national cuisine, and competitions in traditional Yakut sports. You will taste the legendary drink of the Yakut epic heroes - Kumys. Hand in hand with the holiday participants you will dance the traditional round dance "osuokhay" that symbolizes life cycle. Come to Ysyakh to celebrate and explore the rich culture of the Yakut people
 
How to get to Yakutsk: This summer, Yakutia Airlines has synchronized its weekly service on the Kamchatka-Magadan-Yakutsk route with its summer Alaska-Russian Far East Service. Passengers traveling east- or westbound can make convenient 2 hour connections at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, thus reducing the total travel time Anchorage-Yakutsk to under 13 hours. The service will be operated with one of the airline's new Bombardier Q-400 aircraft. 

 

To learn about connections to Yakutsk, click HERE 
To learn about Alaska-Russian Far East service, click HERE
   
DISCOVER SEVEN WONDERS OF YAKUTIA 
29 June-5 July, 2013 (7 days/6 nights)

 

Planet Yakutia Discover "Seven Wonders of Yakutia" with National Tour Operator "Planet Yakutia". 

 

The City of Yakutsk: World's largest city on permafrost, founded in 1632. Explore Yakutsk and attend Ysyakh, the biggest traditional Yakut festival and celebration of the nature's revival and beginning of the new life cycle - Yakut New Year.  


Lena Pillars Nature Park, an impressive chain of sharp-pointed rocks resembling pillars about 490-985 ft high, that extends for about 50 miles along the Lena River. Lena Pillars Nature Park has been recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. 


Olonkho is a heroic epic tale of the Yakuts, declared as the world's oral and intangible masterpiece by UNESCO. It is performed by an Olonkho singer or story-teller.


Buluus: this non-melting glacier reforms every winter, thanks to an underground spring, and in the summer, in 90 degree F weather, the thickness of the ice reaches up to 3 meters (9.8 feet). For many visitors, a walk on this glacier is the experience of a lifetime.


White nights: June-July is a great time to see the Northern wilderness in its full glory and enjoy white nights when the sun sets over the horizon only for an hour or half an hour.

Mammoth is the second brand of Yakutia, after diamonds. The tusks and bones of mammoths are used traditionally in Yakutia to make souvenirs. There is a unique Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk that has one of the world's most diverse collections of exhibits from the Ice Age. 


Permafrost: About 40% of Yakutia lies above the Arctic circle and all of it is covered by permafrost. There is a Kingdom of Permafrost in Yakutsk, an underground tourist attraction inspired by the extreme cold of Yakutia. The 150 meter deep (apprx. 492 feet) complex of tunnels in the Russian permafrost are decorated with hundreds of ice sculptures. Ask the staff for a chance to try a shot of vodka - from a shot glass made of ice. 

  

To learn more about 2013 tours to Yakutia and the Russian Far East, click HERE 

  

VISIT ANCHORAGE ON YOUR WAY TO 
THE RUSSIAN FAR EAST  

 

Anchorage
Anchorage, Alaska. Photo: Frank Flavin, Courtesy of ATIA
On your next trip to the Russian Far East, consider spending a few days in Anchorage. You will enjoy sightseeing and touring opportunities from whale watching, wildlife and glacier tours to historical towns and gold mines, and much more! 

  

Check with Visit Anchorage for Anchorage and Alaska travel information on everything from outdoor adventures to metropolitan amenities. AirRussia's partner All Alaska Tours, an experienced tour operator, can assist you in planning your trip. Whether it's a one day stay, or one-week vacation, All Alaska Tours can arrange your hotels, ground transportation, and tours

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT TRAVEL TO ALASKA

Visit Anchorage will be represented at the Pacific International Tourism Expo in Vladivostok, May 17-19, 2013. Click here to learn more.   

  

Learn more about connecting to the Russian Far East through Anchorage HERE  

  

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
RUSSIAN FAR EAST - ALASKA

 

Navy Parade
Navy parade in Vladivostok. Photo: Barry Stone
Russian Far East Events: 
 
 - City Day Celebrations:
The following Russian Far East cities will hold their annual City Day Celebrations featuring festive events, including music festivals, performances, cooking and handicraft events, activities for children and major fireworks displays at various sites. If you want to experience Russian style celebrations, just hit the streets! 
 
Vladivostok - 2 July 2013 
Magadan -  14 July 2013 
Anadyr - 3 August 2013
Ulan-Ude - 7 September 2013
Yakutsk - 8 September 2013 
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk - 14 September 2013

  

- Sporting events in Kamchatka, June-August, 2013: Attending sporting events can be a great experience that no television can replicate. 


 Kamchatka Krai Water Tourism Championship, 28-30 June 2013

Kamchatka Krai Open Tennis Championship, 01 July-15 Aug 2013
Kamchatka Cycling Tournament, 10 August 2013
Kamchatka Krai Skyrunning Championship, 17-18 August 2013 
 Kamchatka Krai Sport Fishing Championship, 23-25 August 2013 
 
- Surharban, Ulan-Ude, July 7, 2013: Traditional festival in Buryatia held every summer. Come to see national Buryat singing, dancing, national sports, and eat national Buryat cuisine. 
 
 - Navy Day, Vladivostok, July 28, 2013: Come to see spectacular navy parade showcasing military technology, demonstrating the skills of the marines and enjoy colorful theatrical performances. 
 
- Yakutia Diamond Week, August 2013 (exact dates TBD). Come to learn how diamonds are extracted, sorted, processed and how they become works of the art of jewelry. The Diamond Week will end with an auction of certified, high quality Yakutian diamonds and unique jewelry made of gold, platinum and silver. 
 
RAPP Meeting, Vladivostok, 17-18 September, 2013: The 18th Annual Meeting of the Russian American Pacific Partnership. Read more...


Alaska Events

- World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO), Fairbanks, Alaska, July 17, 2013: Annual competition in traditional native athletics, with native dancers performing. Read more...

 
THE RUSSIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 
 17-18 September 2013, Vladivostok, Russia 

  

RAPP 2013

Make the most of your visit to the Russian Far East. The 18th Annual Meeting of the Russian American Pacific Partnership (RAPP) will take place on 17-18 September, 2013 in Vladivostok, Russia. On your way to the RAPP meeting, consider visiting Yakutsk, Kamchatka or Khabarovsk to explore business opportunities or see the sites.

 
Watch for travel package details in our next newsletter and at AirRussia.US

 

RAPP is a bilateral forum engaging the private-sector and government to identify and address barriers to business and commerce between the Russian East and the United States. Committed RAPP volunteers, private-sector partners, and government representatives collaborate to expand opportunity between Russia's East and the western United States. Click here to read more about RAPP. 

    

 
FROM OUR BLOG:
 
HIDDEN TREASURES: COVE-TO-COVE HIKING IN PRIMORSKY KRAI BY CATHERINE TRAINOR  

  

Primorsky Krai
Walk along the rocks of the edges of each cove, where starfish and sea anemones live in abundance. Photo: Catherine Trainor

Nakhodka, a city about four hours north of Vladivostok, is best known for its active port - but the most spectacular part of this area of Primorsky Krai is the small, nearby coves on the Sea of Japan. They are easily accessible by car, yet feel a world away. The beaches are naturally sandy and the water is warm enough to swim in during July and August.

    

  

 

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