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A cluster for extreme tourism will be created in the Arctic region of Yakutia.

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A cluster for extreme tourism will be created in the Arctic region of Yakutia.

A cluster for the development of extreme tourism is going to be created in the Arctic Anabar region of Yakutia, the north of which is washed by the Laptev Sea. This will increase the tourist flow to the district by almost 10 times, first deputy head of the district administration Iosif Vasiliev told TASS. According to the Far East Development Corporation, every fifth project of residents of the Arctic zone of the Russian Federation is implemented in the field of tourism.

In total, more than 100 residents employed in the tourism industry are registered in the Arctic regions of Russia.

"Together with local entrepreneurs, a master plan for tourism development has been prepared, a tourist cluster for extreme tourism will be created until 2027. [By this time] it is planned to build two hotels. For the development of the tourist cluster, two floating cargo and passenger all-terrain vehicles and a hovercraft have been purchased," Vasiliev said.

He specified that the estimated volume of investments in the creation of the cluster is about 150 million rubles. Its introduction will increase the tourist flow to 2 thousand people per year. So far, the number of tourists coming to the district on their own is small: 218 tourists visited here in 2020, 266 a year earlier.

Deer, bison and ancient lakes

Anabarsky district of Yakutia occupies a vast territory of 55.6 thousand square kilometers, which exceeds the total area of Moscow and the Moscow region. At the same time, the population of the district is less than 3.5 thousand people. Most of them live in the district center - the village of Saskylakh.

The district is the birthplace of the Dolgan people, whose main occupation is domestic reindeer husbandry. They make up almost half of the district's population. Their unique culture and lifestyle, according to the authors of the tourist project, can be the main reason for visiting the area. In addition, the Terpyai-Tumus resource reserve is located in the north of the district, where rare animals live - wild reindeer, arctic foxes, musk oxen, polar bears. "These two aspects are the most attractive points of tourism development in the area," Vasiliev is sure.

Water tourism is also promising in the area - rafting and fishing on the Anabar River, which occupies the sixth place among the rivers of Yakutia in terms of the basin area and the 22nd in the country. Tourists, according to the district administration, will be interested in the unique natural territories of the district, for example, the Anabar plateau - an unexplored land of gorges, rocks and snow with thousands of lakes and hundreds of waterfalls. The area is divided by river valleys and traces of ancient glaciation.

In the north of the district, at the exit from the Khatanga Bay into the Laptev Sea, there is the Bolshoy Begichev Island, in the center of which is the Kiryak mountain hill. The island is a nursery of musk oxen, the territory of guaranteed display of these unusual animals of the Arctic.

Tourists can also watch walruses on the coast of the Laptev Sea. Their Laptev subspecies is considered rare and is listed in the Red Book.

"The district is ready to offer its guests gastronomic tours. Northern cuisine is diverse and includes dishes from the products of crafts - reindeer husbandry, hunting and fishing. A special note is brought to them by wild plants - cranberries, blueberries and cloudberries," Vasiliev said, adding that there is a demand for pilgrimage tourism, for tours for photographers, hunters and fishermen.

Cape Paksa Tours

The district supports entrepreneurs who are ready to develop tourism. Thus, Bogdan Bulychev, a Russian polar explorer, traveler and member of the Russian Geographical Society, plans to launch tours to Cape Paksa, the northernmost continental point of the Far East, in 2022.

According to the district administration, ten modern glamping hotels will be built for tourists at Cape Paksa. "Just imagine: in front of you - open ice-free water, polar bears, steep cliffs up to 30 m high, a lighthouse," Bulychev said.

It is expected that in 2023, foreign tourists, in particular from China, may appear on the route. This year, several Chinese tour operators will visit Cape Paksa, who will see the region and evaluate the tourist product.

Tourism development in Yakutia

Tourism is a priority direction in the development of the non-resource economy of Yakutia. About 200 tourist products are sold in the republic, and their number is steadily growing. The most popular routes are visits to the Lena Pillars National Park and the Poles of Cold in Oymyakon, cruises along the Lena River, Arctic, hiking tours through mountain passes, fishing, rafting and event events.

According to the relevant ministry, the tourist flow to Yakutia, as in other regions, decreased in 2020 due to the epidemiological situation and amounted to 114.5 thousand people. In 2021, the tourist flow to the republic returned to the previous level and amounted to 190,504 people. The regional authorities expect that in 2022-2023 the flow of tourists will exceed the pre-pandemic level.

According to the authorities, the growth of tourist traffic is possible due to the commissioning of new facilities and the development of tourist routes. In 2021, Yakutia signed an agreement on the development of tourism infrastructure with the corporation "Tourism.RF". Within the framework of the agreement, master plans are being developed for eight projects of tourist and recreational clusters: Lena, Oymyakon - the Pole of Cold, Amga, the Russian North of the Arctic, Verkhoyanye, Yurt of the World, the Lebediny ski complex, as well as a 180-room hotel complex in Yakutsk.

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