Along the right bank of the Lena, the great Siberian river, a wondrous geological landmark awaits the few travelers that make all the way up here. Miles and miles of stone pillars, between 500 to 1,000 feet tall, create a graceful and unique spectacle that in 2012 achieved the highest distinction for a monument, becoming a new UNESCO World Heritage site.
There are many images from Lena Pillars Nature Park in Russia available online, but not so many taken from an aerial perspective, and as beautiful as this comprehensive and fabulous collection. All of them are courtesy of Eugene Kaspersky, the same guy providing my current antivirus:
The brutal range of temperatures here (from -60°C to 40°C), along with the action of the elements, have sculpted these impressive giants along the time.
A ridiculous amount of years ago (during the Cambrian), this area was deep ocean. Now many interesting fossils of primitive life can be found in the rocks.
These rock formations have inflamed the imagination of explorers, poets and shepherds alike for centuries.
Lena pillars resemble fortifications, high towers, spires. Also giants and mythological creatures if you feel inspired enough.
To get there you can flight to Yakutsk, the capital of the region Yakutia, also known as Sakha Republic.
Tourist can take a cruise up the river, Lena stone pillars are about 140km from Yakutsk going south.
Some travellers take the opportunity to come here after visiting the popular Lake Baikal, at nearly 900 miles southeast.
But the best views are for the few ones that can afford a premium ride in helicopter.
Then you have the chance to capture the colors and shapes from a magnificent perspective.
With an helicopter you can also enjoy the banks of the tributaries of the Lena, like the Sinyaya and Buotama rivers.
There are miles ans miles of wild land yet to be properly discovered, at least to the eyes of the Internet!
Imagine getting lost here.
I'm pleased to see that are still some beautiful areas of planet that we haven't ruined yet.
Back to the ground. Practising shamanism in Siberia has been continued until nowadays.
Why not trying a different kind of journey, now that you have come so far?
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