Magadan

Discover Magadan: Tragic History, Road of Bones & Breathtaking Landscapes

Road of Bones: Magadan-Yakutsk / Yakutsk-Magadan

Consider exploring the famous Kolyma Highway that connects Magadan and Yakutsk, traversing the most desolate part of the Russian Far East. To start the tour in Yakutsk, travelers can use Yakutia Airlines’ Anchorage-Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky-Yakutsk service or connect to Magadan from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to start a tour in Magadan.

The route has become the ultimate trip for adventure motorcyclists. Known as the Road of Bones, the road was constructed during the Stalinist era by Gulag inmates. After the fall of the USSR, the route was traveled by Western motorcyclists, including 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.

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Photo: Pavel Zhdanov

Local tour operators can also provide vans or trucks for transportation (capacity depends on number of passengers traveling in a group). Itineraries may vary depending on the number of travel days. Travelers may have an opportunity to see: sightseeing in Magadan/Yakutsk, multiple villages along the Kolyma highway, Gulag camps, ghost town of Kadykchan, multiple abandoned gold miners’ settlements, wildlife, and more, and meet many interesting and resourceful people.

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Photo: Pavel Zhdanov

Traversing this infamous road will be a genuine challenge. It will take you through one of the remotest regions on earth, but will expose you to some of its most stunning scenery. Feel free to contact us for reliable tour operators.

About Magadan

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.

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Photo: Pavel Zhdanov

Magadan region is famous for its natural resources. Gold mining and fisheries are the main source of income for the local economy.

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Photo: Pavel Zhdanov

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Photo: Pavel Zhdanov

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.

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Magadan is also well-known for its beautiful natural scenery and recreational opportunities. Photo: Pavel Zhdanov

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Photo: Pavel Zhdanov

How to get to Magadan

Magadan, nestled on Nagaeva Bay on the north shore of the Sea of Okhotsk, is one the world’s most isolated cities. Surrounded by mountains, Magadan is so remote that no train lines or roads reach it. You can only get there by sea or plane. However, thanks to Yakutia Airlines, Magadan is becoming more accessible. Travelers can use  Yakutia Airlines’ non-stop summer flights from Anchorage (ANC) to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (PKC) in the Russian Far East. Once passengers arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, they can connect to Magadan (GDX). Feel free to contact us to find out about connecting flights to Magadan.

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Downtown Magadan. Photo: Pavel Zhdanov

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Magadan from above. Photo: Pavel Zhdanov

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One of the main streets in Magadan. Photo Pavale Zhdanov

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