Krasnoyarsk is a medium-sized town, the third-largest in Siberia, but its popularity is mainly due to the Stolby Nature Sanctuary. In Russian Stolby means pillars, you will find out below why the nature reserve has this name.
Meanwhile, we are about 3300 km away as the crow flies from Moscow.
The Trans-Siberian train arrives at the station punctually around 7 am, and Anatoliy is waiting for me. He owns the SibTourGuide travel agency, which offers several tours in the area.
We wrote in the weeks before my arrival, and, in the end, I booked a full-day tour: 23 km walk in the Nature Reserve.
Krasnoyarsk in a nutshell
The following is an interactive map. The main points of interest are marked with red pins, and the Svinka Restaurant is marked with a blue pin. Honestly, this is not the best place where I have been, but it was close to my hotel, they have an extensive menu and a fast service.
The central station and my hotel are marked on the map with black pins. I absolutely recommend the Dom Otel ‘Neo. It has large and equipped rooms and bathrooms and is the best place to stay after a day spent in the Stolby Nature Sanctuary.
My tour in Krasnoyarsk started directly in the Stolby Nature Reserve. As mentioned, Anatoliy waited for me at the station and took me to the hotel to leave my luggage. We then set off towards the National Park, which is a fifteen-minute drive from the city center.
Stolby Nature Sanctuary
It is an immense expanse of trees with here and there tall shaped granite rock formations. These are up to 100 meters high and are called pillars (Stolby in Russian).
Anatoliy is a brilliant guide and speaks English very well. He will tell you all about the park, the Krasnoyarsk region, the Siberia, and much more. Curiosities, anecdotes, real stories, and experiences regarding what is now called stolbism.
Stolbism is a lifestyle that favors sport in freedom, life in conjunction with nature, and free solo climbing.
Going around in this natural paradise without a guide is, in my opinion, useless. The reserve is so extensive and full of paths that you get lost or end up wandering, losing the most fascinating things to see.
Here and there appear along the paths the pillars that made this park so famous. I recommend having trekking shoes with you to climb the rocks and enjoy the view from the top of one of these.
Along the paths, a lot of people engage in various sports: from running to free solo climbing.
All the rock formations have a name: the grandfather, the mother, the daughter, the lion’s door, the feathers (perhaps the most famous granite structure in the park), etc.
Anatoliy arranged a packed lunch on top of a rock, and in the afternoon, we came to the chairlift that took us back to the valley. A tiring but unforgettable day.
After spending a whole day in the Stolby Nature Reserve, maybe not everyone has enough time or energy to make a tour of Krasnoyarsk.
Legislative Assembly of Krasnoyarsk
Opera and Ballet Theater
The classic Orthodox cathedral, among the most important in the city.
Built for the 375th anniversary of Krasnoyarsk.
Big Ben of Krasnoyarsk
Krasnoyarsk is crossed by the Yenisei River, and the power of this stream is used to produce electricity. The Krasnoyarsk dam, located approx. 30 km from the center, is a majestic engineering work about 120 meters high.
Since the dam is active all year round by continuously injecting water into the Yenisei, unlike the others that cross Siberia, this river does not freeze in the city area.
Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity to visit the dam due to the distance from the city and the limited time available.
Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Railway – All you need to know
Travel arrangements: General Information
Departure station: Moscow
First stop: Nizhny Novgorod
Second stop: Kazan
Third stop: Yekaterinburg
Fourth Stop: Novosibirsk
Fifth stop: Krasnoyarsk and Stolby Nature Sanctuary
Sixth stop: Lake Baikal
Seventh stop: Irkutsk
Eighth stop: Ulan-Ude
Ninth stop: Ulaanbaatar
Tenth stop: Datong
Arrival station: Beijing