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Igarka (Russian: Ига́рка ee-GAHR-kuh) is a city in the extreme north of the Krasnoyarsk Region. Its airport serves travelers heading to remote destinations in Taymyria and Evenkia. Igarka gained a certain infamy as the beginning of the 503rd Labor Camp's attempt, on Stalin's orders, to build a railway along the Arctic Circle to Salekhard in Yamalia. The project failed and thousands of the gulag laborers died in the process.

Get in[edit]

Igarka Airport is served by flights from Moscow and Krasnoyarsk. As the airport is on an island, you will require either an ice-bridge into town or a ferry ride.

In the summer it may be possible to arrive by cruise ship from Krasnoyarsk along the Yenisey River.

Get around[edit]


  • Museum of PermafrostSt. Bolshoi Theatre 15. Open 9AM-17PM, closed Saturdays. Proberly the most interesting attraction in Igarka, this museum shows geological features and is mostly located underground at a depth of 7-14 meters. 45 RUB for Russian citizens, 130 RUB for tourists.






Go next[edit]

Most arrivals in Igarka head on to Taymyria for adventurous expeditions into the north Siberian wild.

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