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My Ice skating across Lake Baikal adventure - by Katja Riedel

Written by Katja Riedel on 20th Jul 2017
Lake baikal ice tour

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. The sound is unnerving, but I think I am safe. For three days now I have been on the lake covering between 20 and 40 km each day on my skates.

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Hunting Russia’s Northern Lights in Murmansk

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

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. READ MORE

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.

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

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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