Road of Bones: Magadan-Yakutsk / Yakutsk-Magadan

Yakutsk - Magadan. Kolyma Highway. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/

Yakutsk – Magadan. Kolyma Highway. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/

This summer, Yakutia Airlines’ summer service from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky offers new opportunities to connect to Magadan (GDX). Weekly flights from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Magadan on Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise operate on Thursdays on Yakovlev Yak-40.

Magadan is one of the world’s most isolated cities in the world. 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.

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.

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.  

Contact us for reliable tour operators.
Photos of Magadan, Courtesy of Pavel Zhdanov


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