Anadyr Chukotka Russia
Perhaps the most remote 'Regional Capital' City'
|Bill Bryson once wrote that Perth (Australia) was the most remote regional capital city in the world. Perhaps Anadyr has this crown? Maybe some of you can search the web and see what the facts are. One thing for sure is that it is a long way from Moscow and on the same time zone as New Zealand. There is a local saying in this region, 'God is closer than Moscow'.|
|Anadyr's shoreline. The bright colours stand out in the Arctic sunlight. The small boat is the very busy river ferry and part of the airport transfer system - more later!|
|Anadyr foreshore||Typical building containing both apartments and offices. Colour is to brighten up the previous dowdy appearance.|
|There is a large central supermarket and some smaller shops as shown here. Pot Noodles were good value for self catering!||Siberian heatwave. An unusual and unexpected 27 degrees!|
|Log cabin style constructed Russian church||On the other side of the river mouth is the airport - old military base so kept away from the main population. This makes for an interesting transfer to the airport!!|
|Airport transfer! First you
either walk, or get a local taxi van from your accommodation to the
ferry wharf. Then you push and surge over the plank laid down as the
walk way, on to the ferry boat. Bags are piled in the bow area and
then depending on the load, which is large on flight day, you stand
upright. They will load more than the sign that stipulates 'maximum
50 persons'!! You then motor off across the river mouth, the boat
making a very gentle turn due to its 'top heavy' situation. After a
good 45 minutes you scramble off at a rusty jetty attached to a
rather desolate fuel wharf. Here taxi vans await for the final run,
by road, to the airport. The bumpy gravel stretch of road soon
becomes sealed for the last few kilometers.
Now, if you want to avoid this cheerful venture you can organise for a tax van to take you onto one of the 'landing barge' type vessels (see 1st left image in block of 6 images). This will then sail across the river. The taxi van will then drive off and continue to the airport. As you can imagine this costs considerably more than the general public boat, but if you had a full taxi van load and were prepared to wait until the landing craft filled to capacity you would bring that cost down a bit. Naturally, you can do a solo charter and have 'just your van'. This is the highest of the price possibilities.
What happens in winter you ask? Logistics have moved beyond dog hauled sleds and small hovercraft become the ice ferry service. In theory, if well dressed, you would have the option of walking??