The Lena River, though it may not be one of the most well-known rivers in the world, is one of the most beautiful in Russia. From the mountains near Lake Baikal and Irkutsk, the Lena in Russia flows more than 2,500 miles to the Arctic Ocean. The width of the river can reach up to fifteen miles, and the Lena Delta Reserve earned a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. Without any dams or man-made interruptions, the Lena River flows as it has for thousands of years. A rich variety of flora and fauna make it a popular place for tourists to experience the landscapes of this unspoiled section of Russia. Lena River trips are possible during the five months of the year that the river isn’t frozen. In the middle of May, the ice that can grow to more than three feet in thickness melts to allow boats on the river. Beginning in the fall, the Lena in Russia freezes and remains so for about seven months.
As the tenth-longest river in the world, the Lena traverses many landscapes. Beginning in the ranges near Lake Baikal, many visitors experience this stunning section of the river by boat or by train, via the Trans-Siberian Railway. Interesting artifacts have been found over the years in the river, including mammoth tusks in the river delta. The delta is about 250 miles wide and is protected as a wildlife reserve. For the five warmer months of the year, the frozen tundra melts into a lush wetland that is home to many creatures. The Lena flows north, in the opposite direction as the Volga River, and during Lena River trips, visitors will see archaeological sites, interesting geological formations, and even go fishing. The picturesque landscape will leave visitors with a new appreciation for the Earth’s natural, unspoiled wonders.