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The essential Kamchatka travel guide

Written by 56th Parallel on 29th Nov 2017
Kamchatka travel guide

If you’re the type of traveller who tends to avoid the well-trodden path in search of one-of-a-kind adventure experiences, Kamchatka should be at the top of your bucket list. We are proud to share this essential Kamchatka travel guide with you, enjoy the journey! READ MORE

16 must visit UNESCO world heritage sites in Russia

Written by 56th Parallel on 24th Nov 2017
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Russia

Did you know that there are currently 26 UNESCO world heritage sites in Russia? That makes Russia 9th in the world for its total number of World Heritage Sites – 16 of which are cultural and 10 of which are natural. READ MORE

Lake Baikal travel guide - top 10 attractions

Written by 56th Parallel on 23rd Nov 2017
Lake baikal travel guide

Located in the Eastern Siberia close to the Mongolian border, within the Irkutsk Oblast (Western shore) and Buryatia (Eastern Shore), the glimmering blue pearl of Russia, Lake Baikal, is rightfully upheld as Siberia’s most famous attraction. Read on as this Lake Baikal travel guide will take you on an adventure you might just make a reality some day.

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10 Russian festivals every traveller should experience

Written by 56th Parallel on 18th Nov 2017
Russian festivals

Most tourists come to Russia for a fleeting taste of its rich traditions and age-old culture. But to truly immerse yourself in the spirit of Russian culture, consider visiting the country during one of the Russian festivals or holidays. Arrive during the festive season and you’ll experience authentic local customs on full display and the chance to participate in uniquely Russian style celebrations. Here are some of the most colourful, memorable and ridiculously enjoyable Russian festivals for you to plan your next trip around. READ MORE

12 reasons travellers fall in love with Russia

Written by 56th Parallel on 13th Sep 2017
Fall in love with Russia

For the unfamiliar, the thought of Russia might conjure up images of vodka-swilling men in fur hats, or KGB spies from a Hollywood movie. But look past the stereotypes and you’ll discover a country of deep tradition, artistry and a passionate national identity. Read on and see why travellers fall in love with Russia. READ MORE

My adventure ice skating across Lake Baikal - by Katja Riedel

Written by Katja Riedel on 20th Jul 2017
skating across lake baikal

My skates are gliding over the ice of Lake Baikal. The ice is clear and deep and criss-crossed by a spider web of cracks. Every time I put my skates down I hear new cracks forming. It is like a whisper. I know that these are only hairline cracks, but sometimes there are loud bangs in the distance, like rifle shots or thunder. Signs that the ice on the lake is working, it is alive and expands and contracts with temperature changes. Ice skating across. The sound is unnerving, but I think I am safe. Skating across Lake Baikal fills me with a sense of calming isolation. For three days now I have been on the lake covering between 20 and 40 km each day.

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Hunting Russia’s Northern Lights in Murmansk

Written by 56th Parallel on 5th Jul 2017
Northern lights in Murmansk

There are a lot of wonders in nature, but none of them are as awe-inspiring as the Northern Lights. Also called the Aurora Borealis, this natural phenomenon most often leaves you staring at the sky in awe, feeling so hopeful while insignificant. Seeing the Northern Lights in Murmansk may require some hunting, and knowing where to hunt is a good start. READ MORE

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56th Parallel is a travel company specialising in providing packaged tours and travel services in Russia.

Our goal is to redefine travel to Russia, focusing on creating the most rewarding experiences, which help travellers unfolds the soul of this exciting destination.

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