Rafting on rivers in the Arkhangelsk region

Rafting on rivers in the Arkhangelsk region

On August 31, 2020, a sailing expedition on the "Pearl" and "Siberia" yachts reached Salekhard. The most difficult - the sea stage of the journey has come to an end: Arkhangelsk - Naryan-Mar - Kharasavey - Bely Island - Syoyakha - New Port - Salekhard. In 24 days, the yachts covered 3417 kilometers of the waterway and crossed the White, Barents, Pechora, Kara seas. We are publishing the diary of the media volunteer of the Russian Geographical Society Robert Talipov, dedicated to this stage of the expedition.

August 22. "Zhemchuzhina" and "Siberia" were reunited again in the village of Novy Port in the southern part of Yamal ("Siberia", given the almost stormy conditions and the absence of the main anchor, outstripped the second yacht and left immediately to Novy Port, and the "Pearl" stayed in the village of Syoyakha, which is located 300 km north of Novy Port). There was a lot of work. First, the steering mechanism on the Pearl was checked and repaired in a calm atmosphere. Secondly, they loaded the yachts with fuel.

By noon, a whole delegation of the local administration, headed by the head Sergei Vyacheslavovich Sein, approached the yachts. Almost the entire delegation was dressed in national costumes, and was accompanied by a shaman in a traditional mask and a tambourine. According to local customs, the hosts greeted the guests with slices, cloudberries, blueberries and bread. The yachtsmen invited the guests to inspect the yachts. They were surprised that in such small ships sailors fearlessly cross the northern seas and even oceans.

Then the yachtsmen visited one of the main attractions of Yamal - "Merzlotnik", located in the very center of Novy Port.


Permafrost is the world's largest man-made refrigerator in permafrost. In 2007, it was awarded the status of a cultural heritage site of regional significance. The uniqueness of this structure is that it was built without the involvement of heavy equipment - hundreds of special settlers, evacuated and exiled in the post-war years, dug it with picks and shovels. The natural refrigerator was built from 1953 to 1956 according to the project and under the leadership of the exiled Leningrad engineer Gustav Yulievich Beckman.

The adits of the storage have a total length of up to one and a half kilometers, and more than two hundred caves can hold up to 2.5 thousand tons of frozen fish. Such catches for one fishing season were in the forties in the Gulf of Ob. Today, no more than 300 tons of fish are stored here at a time.

The decline of the fishing industry at the end of the last century practically led to the extinction of the village. And only after 2010, when the development of the largest oil and gas Novoportovskoye field in Yamal began, the settlement began to revive. Almost the same number of shift workers - oil workers, builders and port workers - are added to the 1,500 population of the village, 90% of which are native Nenets.

Over the past five years, the village's social infrastructure has been developed. There is a large house of culture, a new hospital, a kindergarten and a school, an indoor ice court (everything was built "for growth", with the expectation that the number of residents will grow). Roads are being built, the village itself is being improved, a square with lanterns and LED "trees" is laid out opposite the monument to Gustav Beckman.

... Having warmly said goodbye to the hospitable owners of the village, the crews of the "Pearl" and "Siberia" yachts gave up the mooring lines at about three o'clock in the afternoon. There was one more difficult section of the way along the Ob Bay, and then, along the river banks, the water road to Salekhard.

Is northern yachting tourism possible

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For adherents of outdoor activities with minimal rafting skills, rafting on the rivers of the Arkhangelsk region will be an excellent entertainment and test yourself on the "weak". It is also a proven way to take a break from the stone jungle of megalopolises, bustle and eternal noise. Stunning natural landscapes, foaming streams of rivers, steep rapids, majestic landscapes of coastal valleys and forests will leave vivid memories and inspire new and exciting journeys.

The territory of the Arkhangelsk region is mainly the regions of the far north with all the ensuing weather and climatic conditions. And this, as we know, is permafrost, short cool summers and long severe winters. But those looking for drive and adrenaline are not stopped by rains, winds, fogs, difficulties and prices of tours. Emotions and a complete reboot of the body in extreme conditions is worth the money spent on buying a tour.

Waterways of the region

The Northern Dvina is the largest river in the Arkhangelsk region. It is fed by melt and rainwater. It is possible to sail along this river even on a small steamer.

Pinega is a river with a variety of coastal landscapes, waterfalls, majestic deciduous and coniferous forests along the river bed. This waterway attracts tourists with a unique natural monument - the Pinega caves, which are several millennia old. The route will appeal to those who wish to fish and take an excursion during the rafting.

Rafting on the northern rivers is possible on a variety of watercraft: kayaks, catamarans, PVC boats, kayaks, rafts. But before you buy a tour, you should take into account your skills and be aware that a specific vessel corresponds to a specific route.

Rafting on the rivers of the Arkhangelsk region

For kayaking, smaller rivers, for example, Waimuga or Kozha, are suitable.

Even beginners can safely raft on the Waimuga River. There are small drops and easily passable rapids. There are settlements along the banks - you can stop and fish for grayling, pike or perch. If you swim in the direction of Lake Siysk, you will be able not only to slow down the flow rate, but at the same time to see the Anonyevo-Siya monastery.

Very calm rafting along the route starting at Obozerskaya station, with a final stop in the village of Brin-Navolok. You need to raft along the Vaimuga, Sie and Northern Dvina rivers. Even children can be taken on this trip. On the way, you will meet many interesting things, including abandoned villages. And on the shore of Lake Siysk you can relax with a picnic.

The starting point for rafting down the Kozha River - Kozhozero is a very hard-to-reach place. There are no roads or water transport there. Tourists get to the place either on an all-terrain vehicle, or with difficulty swim along the often drying streams. The river cannot be called full-flowing, and sections with shallows have to be overcome on foot. Experienced rafters float on Kozha, as there are serious differences in altitude and difficult steep rapids, for example, Padun. There are deadly areas that are not worth trying to overcome inadequately prepared, and very experienced tourists. In these places, the difference in height can reach 30 meters, and sharp ledges of rocks stick out in the immediate vicinity. There is a high probability of crashing or injury.

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