The Siberian communities make such a stark contrast with the pristine and popular cities nearer to the capital. Travellers going to these isolated areas such as Strezhevoy will find themselves in the margins of the population who show a different side to the Russian way of life. The most convenient route going to Strezhevoy is via a plane that will land on Strezhevoy Airport. Also called Strzhewoi Airport, this domestic gateway connects the town with Novosibirsk, Tomsk, and Tyumen.
Travellers looking for Strzhewoi Airport on the map can find it on 60.7094 (latitude) and 77.6600 (longitude). It was built in an elevation of 164 feet above sea level, with a runway measuring 6,555 feet in length. Those landing here will experience cold and dry winters which can sometimes turn very frigid. Summers, on the other hand, can be reasonably warm, especially in July.
Although classified as a town under an oblast administration (equal to a district), Strezhevoy is an important part of the Siberian economy. OAO Tomskneft, an oil production company, forms the economic backbone of the community. Tourists going here will see blocks of flats, a sports complex, and a cultural centre with a cafe. An indoor playing area for toddlers can also be found here, which provides a cosy environment for the little ones.
Many of the regular customers in the cafe are the 'neftyaniki' who work in the town's oil industry. Conversing with them will let one know some of the concerns of the townspeople who often gripe about their static pay when the demand for oil is booming. Tourists can also talk to the elderly residents of Strezhevoy, as they present a different view on town life. Some of them were rounded up in early part of the 20th century from other regions such as Volga during the Stalin era and forced to settle down in Strezhevoy. After interacting with the townspeople, exploring other parts of the town is necessary. The History Museum of Oil and Gas Refinery is one of the places to visit due to its cultural significance. One will see how Strezhevoy workers contributed to the growth of their town and made life relatively more comfortable than it was before the oil company was established.
Boating is also a popular summer activity in Strezhevoy, as the town is near swamps and rivers. This allows one to explore the surrounding countryside. To find beautiful spots, travellers can ask a friendly local who will show them around and find out different stories about Strezhevoy's environment.
How to get around within Strezhevoy
Strezhevoy is often isolated and hard to visit unless one is going via Strzhewoi Airport. Those going around in the city can walk or flag down minibuses or marshrutkas (routed taxis). One can also ride a private taxi for convenience.
Driving can be unrewarding to do here, especially when staying only for three days to one week during winter. The lack of a bridge and other roads leading away from the city can also be problem if one wants to explore nearby areas.
How to get to Strezhevoy
Travellers going to Strzhewoi Airport will need to board a flight to Tolmachevo Airport. Tomsk Asia brings passengers between this airport and Strezhevoy, which makes it easier to visit. Passenger airlines going to Tolmachevo Airport include: Aeroflot, Air Astana, Air Bishkek, Angara Airlines, Avia Traffic Company, China Southern Airlines, NordStar, Nordwind Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, S7 Airlines, Tajik Air, Transaero Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Ural Airlines. Other than commercial travel, charter and seasonal flights also land on Tolmachevo Airport.
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