One of the most beautiful and mysterious natural wonders of Russia, Lena’s Stone Forest is also one of the most difficult to reach, by tourists. The formation is located about 60 km upriver from Yakutsk with the amazing stone structures towering over 150 meters in height and extending along the river for about 80km.
Known also as Lena’s Stone Pillars, this incredible rock formation is not only beautiful to look at, it also holds important information on the formation of the organic world. Fossils from various organisms dating back to the Cambrian Period could supply invaluable insight on life evolved on planet Earth. Also, fossils of mammoth fauna representatives were found: mammoth (Mammulhus primigenius Blum), bison (Bison priscus Boj), fleecy rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiguibatis Blum), Lena horse (Eggus lenensis Russ), Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus L).
Lena’s Stone Forest offers tourists a unique sight. Colossal stone statues rise up from the earth and pierce the sky, like giants frozen in time. The pillars are grouped together and stretch for tens of kilometers, along the river banks.
Reaching this wondrous place is not easy
It lies in a part of Siberia not yet touched by civilization and it will take you roughly four days to reach it. Your trip will start in Moscow city from where you will have to take a four day journey to the Siberian area of Yakutsk. First, you have to take a flight to Yakutsk, so long that if you flew opposite direction you could easily come to New York. The average price for such flight costs around $800. From Yakutsk you have to take a boat. Though, supposedly only a half a day’s trip upriver, it takes significantly longer and the locals can offer you a 3 day trip on a small boat for about $500. Finally after four days of travel, you will have arrived at your destination.
Quite expensive but definitely worth it!