Anabar Road

Anabar Road, an epic ice drive in Russia

Anabar Road is an epic ice road trip in Russia linking Lake Baikal (Irkutsk) and Anabar Bay, in the Laptev Sea. It’s said to have the world's northernmost road end, ending at 72°49' North, higher north than the Nordkapp, Prudhoe Bay or Tuktoyatuk.

It's possible to drive the road all the way only in winter, from December to March. The surface of the road includes asphalt, gravel and ice sections. The zimnik (winter road) starts in Verhnemarkovo, near Ust-Kut. The whole trip is 4.000 km long between Lake Baikal (in Irkutsk, the classic Siberian capital) and the Arctic Ocean (Anabar Bay at Yuryung-Khaya). 
This trail passes through remote areas, so don’t expect police, ambulance, repair shop or phone reception for 1.000 km. You need to be prepared. With few villages in between, some of the villages are in fact abandoned, including Anabar itself. It’s not suitable for normal cars. When the sun comes out, the winter fairy tale landscape makes it at the same time one of the most scenic roads.

Dancing Car on the Road to Anabar (with beautiful music from Yakutia) from KS on Vimeo.

The road is part of the official Russian road network but has humbled many egos. It’s not for the sissies and shouldn’t be attempted by novice drivers. The dangers of the road are the Yakutian cold (-50°C and below), cracks in the ice, blizzards, trucks transporting vital goods to remote places, deep snow, and the lonely distances (fuel supplies!). Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. According to all our research, the Anabar Road has been driven only once by foreigners in its entirety. The environment goes from taiga to tundra to polar.
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