Arrive in Yakutsk, the capital of Yakutia. Yakutia is home to several indigenous groups, in particular the Yakut people who number around half a million. These Asian-featured people have a well-preserved animistic, shamanistic religion and a language completely unrelated to Russian. When the Russians began conquering Siberia in the 16th century, many indigenous languages died out. Yakut was the only language where the opposite happened and Russian people began using it instead of Russian. It is spoken as a first language by 90% of Yakuts to this day, and there are still people, both Yakut and Russian, who barely know the Russian language!
Yakutia is the coldest inhabited part of the world. While summer temperatures in this land of extremes can reach +40C, winter temperatures in the -70s have been officially registered, and unofficially in the -80s!
On this day we will have a city tour, visit the Dom Archi where Yakut people come to worship, visit the mammoth museum, visit an open-air ethnographical museum, visit the permafrost museum and the permafrost laboratory. This is an underground laboratory hacked into the permafrost itself where scientists study the permafrost and its effects on different materials, to help city architects construct buildings more resistant to its destructive effects.
Overnight in hotel.