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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 is the main port via which the timber harvested in the Yenisei River basin is shipped to Europe. 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 Permafrost, St. Bolshoi Theatre 15. Open 9AM-17PM, closed Saturdays.
    The Museum of Permafrost

Probably 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.






Recreation of a convict barrack at the Gulag Musem in Igarka

Go next[edit]

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

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