Ust-Nera is an urban-type settlement in the east of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The administrative center and the largest settlement of the Oymyakonsky district (ulus). The population in 2016 was 5597. The population mainly specializes in gold mining. In the area of the village there is a mining and processing gold mining plant.

Once upon a time, the village of Ust-Nera in Yakutia was the center of a rich gold-mining region that existed since 1937, and now only a nickname remains from those times - a fragment of Dalstroy. First, geologists flew to Ust-Nera on seaplanes, and in the 1950s, with the help of tens of thousands of exiles, a route was laid here from Magadan.

The region of Ust-Nera - Oymyakon is known as the north pole of cold.

The village is located in a narrow valley surrounded by endless mountain ranges. The houses here are on stilts, and the pipelines run through the air, forming in some places "arches" for cars, instead of hiding underground. So they are more reliably protected from permafrost.

The Kolyma highway passes through Ust-Nera. In 2008, the highway connecting Magadan with Ust-Nera and Yakutsk was officially opened for year-round traffic throughout its entire length.

The settlement is located approximately in the middle of the road between the two regional capitals, so truckers often stop here. In winter, the so-called Kolyma winter road is built from here, which leads through Zyryanka and Chersky to Chukotka, to Bilibino.



1939-1945 The first years of the village
In 1939-1941, at the mouth of the Nera River, a tributary of the Indigirka, in the area of ​​the future settlement, the expedition of V.A. At that time, dozens of the richest alluvial gold deposits were explored there. In 1942, the first gold mining mines were discovered, and the first exploration of the Alaskitovoye tungsten deposit was carried out. In 1944, the Indigirsk GPU of Dalstroy was organized.

In 1945-1946, the first school building was built. The first graduation from secondary school No. 1 took place in 1951-1952. In 1947 a new 2-storey school building was built. The construction site of the school was surrounded by barbed wire, as it was built by the prisoners. In the village in 1949-1958 there was the Indigirsky camp of Dalstroy; prisoners built the Magadan highway, mines, houses, mined gold. The border of Ust-Nera ended in the current territory of the regional hospital, then impassable swamps began. On the site of the current pharmacy, there was a kennel for dogs that guarded prisoners. The territory of the camp began with the building of the old militia. In 1945, in Ust-Nera, the construction of the INEK - Indigirskiy energy complex was started, in 1946 the settlement receives the first industrial current, the installation of telephones began in the village.

According to the information of the Memorial Society, in 1949-1958 the Indigirlag was located in the village.

Floods of 1951, 1959 and 1967
The local history museum contains photographs testifying to the floods that occurred in May 1951, in July 1959, in May 1967. Eyewitnesses of the first flood said that the water rose to the second floor of the old school. People were evacuated to the hill. Almost all food stores were under water. After the second flood, the district leadership decided to strengthen the bank of the river. Indigirka. All the employees of the enterprises went to the clean-up days, and finished their work in a week.

1950 - today
Since 1950 it has been an urban-type settlement. On June 3, 1954, the village of Ust-Nera becomes the regional center of Oymyakonya. The district administration moved from the village of Oymyakon to Ust-Nera. In 1971, residents of Ust-Nera were among the first in Yakutia to be able to watch TV. In 1974 the building of the second Ust-Nersk school was commissioned. In the fall of 1978, the state commission commissioned a concrete bridge across the Indigirka.

On October 24 (25), 2008, the Kolyma highway, connecting Yakutsk with Magadan, is officially open for year-round traffic along its entire length. Through the river. Elga, a concrete bridge was built in the area of ​​the Slavka ferry, and several kilometers of the road to Slavka were significantly improved.


Ust-Nera now

Time in the village seems to have frozen: the roads here are only dirt, there are many wooden houses, and the surrounding landscapes bring harmony to the already measured life of the local population ...

Nevertheless, Ust-Nera, located at the confluence of the Nera River with the Indigirka, is the center of the Oymyakon region. One of the few innovations is the recently rebuilt building of the Ust-Nera airport, which, after reconstruction, as before, continues to let flights to Yakutsk.

Ust-Nera is located on the right bank of the Indigirka. There are benches on a small embankment - locals like to relax here. From Ust-Nera down the Indigirka, small ships go, but only to the rapids.

One of the main attractions of the village of Ust-Nera is a memorial complex dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory. Soon, this memorial should be supplemented by a life-size model of the T-34 tank, as well as a Katyusha and another gun.

There is also a temple in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Theodore Nikityuk, who arrived in Ust-Nera from Ukraine, has served as archpriest here for many years now.

A solid bridge across the Indigirka River has recently been built.

There is also a regional museum of local lore in the village, where the remains of ancient animals, utensils and interior decoration of the Yakut dwelling, ancient weapons of the Yakuts are kept. Address: Ust-Nera settlement, st. Lenina, house 7. Phone: +7 (41154) 217-89.


Work in Ust-Nera

A mining and processing plant is still operating in the village, which is also a gold mining plant. Gradually, the local industry is reviving after the crisis of the 1990-2000s. Searching for gold in Ust-Nera is still the main type of employment for the local population. There are quite a lot of vacancies in Ust-Nera: from a cook to an industrial bulldozer driver.

For all questions about working on a shift in the village of Ust-Nera, you can contact the office of JSC "Indigirzoloto", which is located next to the city administration, at the address: Address: Ust-Nera, st. Polyarnaya, house 7. Phone: +7 (41154) 211-12.



The climate of the village is sharply continental with very cold and long winters and short but warm summers.

Average temperature -15.4 °C
The average annual rainfall is 237 mm.



federal highway M56 "Kolyma"
airport "Ust-Nera"

Educational institutions
Kindergarten "Fairy Tale"
Kindergarten "Petushok"
Kindergarten "Beryozka"
Ust-Nersk Children's Help Center
MBOU "Ust-Nerskaya Gymnasium"
MBOU Ust-Nerskaya secondary school named after. Igor Khomenko
Evening comprehensive school

Medical institutions
Central District Hospital of Oymyakonsky District
MUP pharmacy №62
(private) pharmacy "Berezka"

cultural institutions
House of Culture "Metallurg"
MBU DTSRT "Pegasus"
Regional Museum of Local Lore

Sports facilities
sports complex with swimming pool and football stadium

Commercial enterprises
mining and processing gold mining plant
"Vostochno-Yakutsky" branch of the Mining and Geological Enterprise of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) "Yakutskgeologia"
city post office 678730 Federal State Unitary Enterprise Russian Post
branch of OAO Magadanenergo - Western Electric Networks, serving, in particular, the power line "Arkagalinskaya GRES - Ust-Nera".
branch of the Far East Macroregional Branch of OJSC Rostelecom.
bank branches (Sberbank of Russia and Lanta-Bank)
hotel "Solnechnaya"
many shops and market