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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

Kuril Lake - Discover The Powerful Kingdom of Brown Bears

Written by 56th Parallel on 10th May 2017

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

Baikal Photo Tour - Discover the Enchanting Ice Paradise

Written by Michael Schneider on 1st Feb 2017
Baikal photo tour

“Baikal is impressive! It’s the deepest and the cleanest lake on Earth. When we were planning our trip, we had no idea how wonderful, majestic, and enchanting it would be. We were enraptured by its beauty, so much so that we almost didn’t sleep all 3 days we were there. A Baikal photo tour really gives you a unique perspective on how to capture nature in its raw form.  READ MORE

Kamchatka surfing: Are you badass enough?

Written by Anna Schneider on 17th May 2016

Are you a surfer who is looking for a unique experience, surfing a break in one of the most remote regions on earth. Well, welcome to Kamchatka, more than 6500 miles from Moscow where a new generation of surfers is growing. Kamchatka surfing, catching crystal clear waves with snowy volcano peaks in a background is completely different and life changing experience. READ MORE

Travel in time with indigenous Russia

Written by 56th Parallel on 17th May 2016
indigenous russia

Indigenous Russia refers to early tribes from Far North, Central and Southern Siberia and Far East, who live in the same territories and keep the same way of life and traditions over centuries. 41 so-called tribes were recognized by Russian law in the year 2000 as a “Minor Indigenous People of Russia”.  READ MORE

About 56th Parallel

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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