Ecotourism: The Great Arctic Reserve

Have you ever thought about going to … the Arctic? Yes, this idea can inspire not all. However, those who decide on such a trip are not disappointed for sure. The vast expanses and rich world of flora and fauna can not leave any traveler indifferent. And completely immersed in this magical world can be in the Great Arctic Reserve.

The reserve is located on the Taimyr Peninsula. Its territory also extends to several nearby small islands. The administration can be found in Dudinka. It is here that you can get an official permission for a bold trip, here is also the start of all tours. You can get to Dudinka from Norilsk using a taxi or a bus. To the reserve itself, the path lies solely by air and only in certain weather.

The cost of this extreme journey is very high. And here you will not be waiting for warm comfortable hotels with an all-inclusive function. The goals here are completely different. In the Great Arctic Reserve you will find several types of ecotourism.

First, it’s fishing tours. They are held from the middle of July to September along the Efremov River. Here you can catch ryadushku, nelma, Asian smelt, grayling. During this period shoals of omul come.

On the river Hutuda-Biga, sport fishing, rafting and diving are available. All tours are accompanied by experienced instructors, cooks and huntsmen.

Fans of extreme sports should definitely visit an ethnographic eight-day tour of the Taymyr labyrinth among hundreds of Yenisei canals. The tour includes acquaintance with the settlement of the Nenets, where tourists spend three days. Duration: July-August.

Very popular today is a kind of recreation as berdvotching. Near the village of Dickson, at the biotransport of William Barents there are many ornithological bases. It is best to come here in early spring, when the coast is inhabited by dozens of bird species. Black geese, Siberian eiders, purgators, white and pink gulls, northern waders, Red-breasted Goose, listed in the Red Book — you will not see such a variety of birds again and nowhere.

But for the animals you can watch enough on the photosafari, accompanied by scientists and biologists. A two-week stay at a biostation will be a useful and very cognitive experience for everyone.

The Great Arctic Reserve stretches for four million hectares — an area equal to the territory of Switzerland. The area was opened for ecotourism relatively recently — twenty years ago. Now, we can say, the period of its formation is passing. Nevertheless, the schools in the Arctic are already attracted to tourism and entertaining cognitive excursions become available to different age categories.

If you are tired of hot sunny countries and you are looking for something new, then the Great Arctic Reserve is the place you have been looking for a long time!