We are pleased to announce that Russian carrier Siberian Light Aviation (SiLA) has commenced twice-weekly scheduled service between Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport (PKC) and Magadan (GDX). The service operates on Mondays and Thursdays utilizing Antonov AN-28 aircraft. Flight time is about 3 hours. Tickets may now be booked through Ozon, Anywayanyday, and AirRussia.US (service fee applies). Contact us for booking details. The schedule is as follows:
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (PKC) to Magadan (GDX)
Flight 88 Mon/Thur Dept. PKC 15:00 Arr. GDX 16:00
Magadan (GDX) to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (PKC)
Flight 87 Mon/Thur Dept. GDX 9:20 Arr. PKC 14:20
All times local
ABOUT MAGADAN: Magadan, nestled on Nagaeva Bay on the north shore of the Sea of Okhotsk, is one the world’s most isolated cities. It’s located 8 hours flying time east of Moscow, and two hours flying time from it’s nearest neighbor, or a several day voyage through often story and ice-choked seas. The only land-route to Magadan is an unpaved, 2031-kilometer, road from Yakutsk.
The famous Kolyma Highway, connecting Magadan and Yakutsk, traverses the most desolate part of the Russian Far East; in winter, this is the coldest place in the Northern Hemisphere. The route has become the ultimate trip for adventure motorcyclists. Also known as the Road of Bones, the road was constructed during the Stalinist era by Gulag inmates. After the fall of the USSR, the road was first traveled by Western motorcyclists in summer 1995; the pioneers were the British Mondo Enduro team and Norwegian wanderer Helge Pedersen. Subsequent traverses by motorcycle include those by Simon Milward (2001) and the team of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman (2004) during an around-the-world motorcycle journey which was depicted in a television series, book and DVD Long Way Round.
Magadan is also well-known for its beautiful natural scenery and recreational opportunities such as hiking, rafting, and wildlife viewing. The waters along the coast of the city and the inland rivers are known to be the perfect fishing grounds for salmon, pike, trout, nelma and perch.
Magadan was established primarily as support base for the Kolyma gold fields to the North, but it is infamous for the labor camps established there by the Soviet government. Tourists now come to Magadan to visit the remains of the camps, including the Dalstroy Gulag Camp, and the Gulag Memorial by renowned artist Ernst Neizvestny.
Magadan region is also famous for its natural resources. Gold mining and fisheries are the main source of income for the local economy.
Magadan is a destination filled with fascinating sites and a tragic history. With business opportunities and beautiful landscapes, this is a city with many hidden treasures and places to discover.
Photos were provided by Pavel Zhdanov of Magadan.
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