Anabar Road

An epic frozen drive to Anabar

Anabar Road is the name of a true Russian adventure leading to Anabar Bay, in the Laptev Sea, at 72°49' North, higher north than the Nordkapp, Prudhoe Bay or Tuktoyatuk. It's one of the world's northernmost roads.

The epic road trip is 4.000km (2.485 miles) long, running south-north from Lake Baikal (in Irkutsk, the classic Siberian capital) to the Arctic Ocean (Anabar Bay at Yuryung-Khaya). The zimnik (winter road) starts in Verhnemarkovo, near Ust-Kut. The road is part of the official Russian road network but has humbled many egos.
The road features asphalt, gravel and ice sections. It's possible to drive the road all the way only in winter, from December to March. 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.

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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