The Sakha Republic or Yakutia is a far eastern Russian region four times the size of Texas, full of eternal Siberian landscapes.
Much of Yakutia is located inside the Arctic Circle. Given the extreme weather conditions, people are not supposed to live here, but they do. The republic is home to vast resources of gold, diamonds, oil and gas.
The capital Yakutsk with a population of about 280,000 is the biggest city in the world, built in permafrost zone. The towns of Verkhoyansk and Oymyakov compete for the honor to be called the coldest inhabited place on earth, with temperature records standing below the -67 C [-88 F] mark.
Oddly enough for such extremes, Yakutia is incredibly rich in fauna. It is home for more than 60 species of mammals, including muskrat, sable, arctic fox, moose and elk. The reindeer is one of the local symbols.
Some parts of Yakutia require a special permission to be visited both by Russians and foreigners. Please consider a minimum of 30 days prior to your visit for paperwork.
Yakutsk has several daily flights to Moscow, as well as to regional Russian hubs such as Vladivostok, Novosibirsk and Irkutsk.
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You only live once, Travel Channel
Host Mikey Kay travels to the world's most remote destinations. The episode features the Russian Far East's Kamchatka Peninsula and Yakutia.