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Ust-Tsilma (Russian: Усть-Ци́льма, Komi: Чилимдін) is in the northwest of the Komi Republic.


Ust-Tsilma is a village of about 5,000 on the Pechora River at the mouth of the Tsilma and Pizhma rivers, located in the north of the Komi Republic. The village was founded by the Novgorodians in 1542 in the XVII-XVIII centuries. A large number of Old Believers who moved away from the persecution of the authorities moved to Ust-Tsilma. The rich folk traditions of the Russian North have been well preserved in Ust-Tsilma.

Get in[edit]

Map of Ust-Tsilma

By plane[edit]

Tiny Ust-Tsilma Airport UTS IATA has twice-per-week flights to Syktyvkar.

By train[edit]

The closest rail station is Irayol (Ираёль), on the Kotlas - Vorkuta line, from which there are two buses per day going to Ust-Tsilma.

By car[edit]

The Ukhta - Irayol section of the road to Ust-Tsilma is practically impassable for cars in the warm months. In winter, the quality of the road is noticeably better.

By bus[edit]

The bus runs to Irayol station two times a day. In the off-season (ice freezing and ice drift), it may be impossible to cross the Pechora River at Cape Kabel, making it impossible to reach Ust-Tsilma by ground transport.

By boat[edit]

In summer and early autumn, a passenger boat runs from the Ust-Tsilma to Naryan-Mar and back three times a week along the Pechora River. The fare is 4200 руб. (2011).

Get around[edit]


Ust-Tilma has a large amount of old wooden izbas (traditional log cabins/cottages).


  • Ust-Tsilemskaya hill (Усть-Цилемская горка). Twice a year, on July 7 and 12, a large folk festival is held in Ust-Tsilma. The July 12th celebration is much larger. Think locals in traditional folk costumes singing, dancing, etc.
  • 1 Memorial History Museum (Историко-мемориальный музей), ул. Нагорная, 101, +7 821 419-17-66.
  • 2 House-Museum of Soviet Hero M. A. Babikov (Дом-музей Героя Советского Союза М. А. Бабикова), ул. Советская, 97. M. A. Babikov was awarded the Gold Star of Hero of the Soviet Union Order of Lenin, among other honors, for his heroic military exploits in the Far East Theater, fighting the Japanese in World War II.





There are three hotels in the village: in the New Quarter (near the bus station), by the sports complex, and at the airport.


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