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Day Schedule


➤Breakfast

➤Road trip to Verkhoyansk, 71 km, with stops for photo sessions

➤Touring Verkhoyansk. Photo session at remarkable places, including the “Verkhoyansk” sign and the bank of the Yana River

➤Visit to a local museum

➤Lunch

➤City Tour

➤Driving back to Batagay

➤Dinner

➤Free time


Verkhoyansk


Verkhoyansk is a town in Verkhoyansky District of the Sakha Republic, Russia, located on the Yana River near the Arctic Circle, 92 kilometres (57 mi) from Batagay, the administrative centre of the district, and 675 kilometres (419 mi) north of Yakutsk, the capital of the republic. The town holds the Guinness world record for the greatest temperature range on Earth: 105 °C (189 °F).


Cossacks founded an ostrog in 1638, 90 kilometres (56 mi) southwest of the modern town. The ostrog's name "Verkhoyansky", roughly translating from Russian as the town on the Upper Yana, derived from its geographical location on the upper reaches of the Yana River. In 1775, it was moved to the left bank of the Yana River to facilitate tax collection. It was granted town status in 1817. Between the 1860s and 1917, the town was a place of political exile.

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