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 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
Ever dreamt of walking on water? An adventure to Lake Baikal will elevate you to the crystal-clear surface of the world’s oldest and deepest lake. This enchanting blue pearl of Russia is surrounded by natural wonders that will surpass your wildest imagination. READ MORE
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 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.
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
Making your way to the Russian Far East, sandwiched between the Sea of Okhotsk to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, you will find the 1,250-kilometer long Kamchatka Peninsula. A place, filled with lush greenery, volcanic terrain, geysers, flowing rivers, a vastly rich flora and fauna and the magnificent Kuril Lake, the peninsula is nothing short of a picturesque sight to see. However, its natural beauty is not the only thing that draws in travellers from all over the world each year. READ MORE