Day 4. Sacred Vaygach Island
Vaygach is an archipelago, it is surrounded by 111 tiny islands and cliffs. The Nenets name of the island sounds like ''Habidya-ya", meaning ''sacred land''. The legend goes that World Old Man and Old Lady, Vasako and Hadako, lived here. The route goes along the Land's End, a hub on the Pomors' route to the Siberian seas that is sacred for the indigenous people of the North. You will see ancient campsites of the Stone Age, wooden huts, Pomor crosses that they used as guide signs in the Russian territories, hundreds of idols, traces of areas for sacrificial offerings, a dozen of sanctuaries with names that speak for themselves: Fox Stone, Reindeer Stone, Bear Head, Dumbhead Mountain. Every stone here is filled with mystery, deep history and unique atmosphere.
In the morning we'll step ashore and will have a walk in the area of the Seven-Faced Idol. After that we'll sail to the North of the island, check out a walrus rookery and drop the anchor in a cozy bay hidden from all the winds where a true hermit lives. If we are lucky, we'll find him at home!