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A trip into the Forrests of northeast Russia

Wytschegda River | Russia: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Degree of difficulty: Very demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: back to nature, Waterway in reclusion, an adventure
Profile of waterway: Main waterway
Facilities groundside: Not sufficiant

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River Wytschgeda
has, on the way from its springs in the northeast of European Russia to the mouth into Severnaja Dvina, left 1140 km behind. The two biggest Side Rivers are Vym, flowing into Wytschgeda at Ust'-Vym and Syssola which has its mouth at Syktywar, the biggest town along the river.

Coming from the confluence with Severnaja Dvina, one finds the first wharf at the small place called Sol'vychegodsk, then one gets to the small town of Koryazhma with its pontoon bridge. It may take some time until it's opened. There is a ferry at Kuliga and at Irta is a big wood reloading point with no wharf. There is something like a small marina in a bay on the side arm at the small town of Zheshart (Scheschart). At the confluence of Vym and Vichegda lies Ust'-Vym but it can't be reached from the banks. Going further upstream one gets to the two "paper mill towns" of Ezhva and Syktyvkar. The latter is the capital of the Republic of Komi and has a small dock yard. As from here, commercial navigation is limited to some wood transporting barges and the passenger boat. It connects the few communities further northeast with the outside world. North of the pontoon bridge between Vomynbozh and Pozheg the river is finally reserved to fishermen, hunters and other adventurers.