Driving the wild P25 highway
P25 highway is a spectacular and lonely drive in the heart of the Komi Republic, in northwestern Russia.
The road is totally paved but very remote. It’s 333km (206 miles) long, starting at Syktyvkar, the capital city of the Komi Republic, located on the Sysola River. The city was previously known as Ust-Sysolsk. It is the most north-easterly capital of Europe, up near the Ural Mountains. Syktyvkar means “the town on the Sysola River” in the Komi language.
The road runs via Yemva, the administrative center of Knyazhpogostsky District, and ends at Ukhta, an important industrial town in the Komi Republic. The drive takes more than 4.5 hours without any stop. The road has no central lines and there are no protections or guard rails along some parts of the route. When the snow falls - which it does in the winter – things get tough and slippery.