Krzysztof Suchowierski is a passionate traveler, by education he is a paramedic.
In the summer of 2013 he left his hometown and went to Białystok in Siberia. He cycled nearly 9,000 km. In the winter of 2014, he cycled from the south to the north of the Russian Republic of Sakha Yakutia. The result of the bicycle trip was the book “Cycling through Yakutia’s frosts”. In 2016, also in winter, he went nearly 560 kilometers walking underneath the river bed of the frozen Kolyma River at temperatures falling to -50 degrees.
This is what he writes about this expedition::
Unusual meetings with the inhabitants of these distant areas became a heaven of warmth on this frozen landscape. Despite extreme conditions in which they were supposed to live, they showed unwavering kindness, cordiality and willingness to bring help. But Kolyma is not only a river. It is also a witness to a turbulent, dark history, a symbol of suffering and a place that took millions of souls into the depths of the merciless Gulag System — a network of forced labor camps. It is the land, where trees stand still like guardians of the past and the earth is full of secrets of unimaginable acts of cruelty, that became a nameless grave for those who disappeared in the shadow of Stalinist terror.
Krzysztof Suchowierski’s expeditions — both cycling and hiking — were awarded in the “Feat of the Year” category at the prestigious “Kolosy” Festival in Gdynia.
We invite you to an evening with a story about a journey through deep freeze in Siberia on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are now available at the ticket office of the Sybir Memorial Museum and on our website.