A spare day in Novosibirsk. Possible day trips.
You are coming to Novosibirsk for several days and have a spare one? There are many opportunities. You can visit a museum or two and go to the Opera in the evening or you can just wander along the broad streets of the Siberian capital. But what if you have already done all that? There are many variants of day trips. If you choose one of them, you will see life in an ordinary village or in a small town, or you will enjoy natural landscapes typical for the Western Siberia. Some of these day trips may include an easy hiking tour.
- A tour to Kolyvan, an old town next to Novosibirsk.
Kolyvan has a much longer history than Novosibirsk. Founded as a fortress, a couple of centuries later it became a trading settlement where many rich merchants lived. There was a market where peasants from nearby villages came to sell their products. It was planned to build the railway bridge over the Ob river not far from Kolyvan, but it turned out to be unreasonable, and after the bridge was built in Novosibirsk, Kolyvan lost its significance. The merchants moved to Novosibirsk and the town became nearly obsolete. Today it is a village, though quite a big one. There are some very nice merchants’ houses and a beautiful church with a monastery. The settlement is located on a hill over the river Chauss. You will enjoy beautiful landscapes and see how life goes in a village. In summer a lot of open-air events are held there.
2. A tour to the bald peaks of Bugotak (Bugotakskiye Sopki) and settlement Gorny.
Bald peaks of Bugotak are hills located about 70 km to the south-east of Novosibirsk. The nearest settlement is Gorny (translated as ‘mountainous’). The bald peaks of Bugotak are, of course, not totally bald, but the trees are found mostly on the northern side of them, the rest being covered with grass. Some peaks are very small, but a couple of them are about 100-200 meters high, and one of the peaks offers skiing opportunities. You can easily climb the peaks and enjoy beautiful scenery.
The settlement Gorny was founded in the 50-ies of the 20th century because of excavation of some raw materials for industrial application. Now it is small but very nice, surrounded by charming landscape.
3. A tour to the Rocks on the Berd (Berdkiye Skaly).
I have already written a comprehensive post about this place. This tour takes more time than the first two, but it is definitely worth it. On the way you will see several villages with cows, pigs, children in huge rubber boots and women with big water buckets. On the way back you can visit a deserted marble pit not far from the town Iskitim.
Another destination just a couple of kilometers from the pit is a holy well, which, according to the legend, appeared after several priests were murdered there during the Gulag period.
A tour of all three destinations may take the whole day. You should start at about 7.00-8.00 in the morning and come back at about 19.00 or later. But you can do a short trekking at the rocks, cook lunch on the campfire, or you can even do some mushroom or berry picking. You can also swim in the river Berd.
All these tours are car-based, except for Kolyvan, which is accessible by bus, but hiring a car makes you more flexible.
Contact me, if interested, and I’ll help you with the greatest pleasure!