We arrive to Krasnoaysk early in the morning. Your driver will be waiting at the train station to deliver you to the cozy hotel in the downtown for guaranteed early check in. Allow some time to refresh, and get ready for a guided city tour in the afternoon. Krasnoyarsk' highlights are featured on the 10-ruble banknote. You will definitely recognize the chapel of Saint Paraskeva Pyatnitsa, Communal Bridge and the Krasnoyarsk dam (Hydroelectric Power Station).
Ranked 15th in the top 20 largest power producing facilities in the world, Krasnoyarsk DAM at Yenisey River has the channel upstream at 243 meters above the sea level and the channel downstream 141,7 – 152,5 meters above the sea level. The reservoir is 400 km long, 15 km wide and 100 m deep.
Yenisei is the largest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean. It is central of the three great Siberian rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean (the other two being the Ob and the Lena). Rising in Mongolia, it follows a northerly course to the Yenisei Gulf in the Kara Sea, draining a large part of central Siberia, the longest stream following the Yenisei-Angara-Selenga-Ider river system.
Imperial Russia placed river steamers on the massive river in an attempt to free up communication with land-locked Siberia. One boat was the SS St. Nicholas which took the future Tsar Nicholas II on his voyage to Siberia and later conveyed Vladimir Lenin to prison.
Engineers attempted to place river steamers on regular service on the river during the building of the Trans-Siberian Railway. The boats were needed to bring in the rails, engines and supplies. However, the sea and river route proved very difficult with several ships lost at sea and on the river.