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Kurilskoye Lake, the 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, and a vastly rich flora and fauna, 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

Frozen magic of Lake Baikal by Russian photographer.

Written by Michael Schneider on 1st Feb 2017

“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 fairy it would be. We were enraptured by its beauty, so much so that we almost didn’t sleep all 3 days we were there. 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 Anna Schneider on 17th May 2016

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

Kamchatka seaside experiences

Written by 56th Parallel on 27th Jan 2016

If you always wanted to experience an adventure of a lifetime, Kamchatka is the perfect destination, a land of myth and legend, of larger than life wilderness and one of the last authentic places on Earth. READ MORE

My Kamchatka Photo trip

Written by Yanai Bonneh on 8th Dec 2015

“My name is Yanai Bonneh. I live in Ein HaBesor, a cooperative Israeli settlement in the Negev Desert. Few months ago I watched TV at home and saw a movie about Kamchatka on NG channel. I was amazed from the first moment and promise myself that soon I’ll be there. READ MORE

Resurrection of shamanism in Siberia

Written by Anna Schneider on 18th Jun 2015

If you thought that shamanism is popular only among the African or south American tribes you were wrong. Buryats living on the western shore of Lake Baikal are in majority shamanists, not only in theory but what’s most important in practice. Having their own beliefs, shamans and rituals real shamanic societies survived the time and exist, moreover – they are currently going through resurrection on a great scale. Get to know what are their beliefs, rituals and where to meet them, when visiting 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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