Magadanskiy Wilderness Preserve, Russia

Magadan is a port town on the Sea of Okhotsk and gateway to the Kolyma region. It is the administrative center of Magadan Oblast (since 1953), in the Russian Far East. It lies in Nagayevo Bay in the Gulf of Tauisk. Magadan Region has a subarctic climate with long, very cold winters lasting up to six months of the year. Permafrost and tundra cover a large part of the region.

The city has a number of cultural institutions including the Regional Museum of Anthropology, a geological museum a regional library, and a university. The city has the enormous new Orthodox Cathedral Church of the Trinity, a recently completed Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity and the Mask of Sorrow memorial, a huge sculpture in memory of Stalin's victims, designed by Ernst Neizvestny.

A wildlife reserve has been established on Wrangel Island for the purposes of preserving the polar bear population and studying their habits, as well as for studying bird migration. Polar bears can be seen on the Arctic coast.

Things to See and Do

* Regional Museum of Anthropology
* Orthodox Cathedral Church of the Trinity
* Mask of Sorrow memorial
* Polar Bears

Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Ruble (RUB)
Language – Russian
Land Area - 180 sq km (Magadan)
Population – 108,000 approx (Magadan)
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus two hours to plus eleven hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 7

Port Location – The port is located at Magadan.

Travel Links – The town has a seaport (fully navigable from May to December) and a small international airport, Sokol Airport. There is also a small airport nearby, Magadan 13.

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