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Lake Baikal Travel Guide - Top Ten Attractions

Russia Travel Experiences | Written by 56th Parallel | Last updated on 26th Apr 2019
Lake Baikal travel guide, shaman experience, Russia

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 someday.


10 Russian Festivals Every Traveller Should Experience

Russian Festivals & Events | Written by 56th Parallel | Last updated on 26th Apr 2019
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

Hassle Free Russian Visa Application

Travel Tips & Essential Advice | Written by 56th Parallel | Last updated on 26th Apr 2019
Moscow Kremlin, Moscow, Russian visa application

A guide to obtaining a Russian Visa, hassle free.ation form

Worried about getting a Russian visa? Relax, we’ve got you covered. This article will take you through the visa process, with additional tips for a turbulence-free journey. You will be traversing the country with matryoshka, vodka and bears in no time!


8 Ways to Adventure Lake Baikal

Russia Travel Experiences | Written by 56th Parallel | Last updated on 26th Apr 2019
Adventure Lake Baikal

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

12 Reasons Everyone Must Visit Russia

Travel Tips & Essential Advice | Written by 56th Parallel | Last updated on 27th Apr 2019
visit 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 visit Russia and why they fall in love with the country. READ MORE

My Ice Skating Adventure Across Lake Baikal - by Katja Riedel

Russia Travel Experiences | Written by Katja Riedel | Last updated on 9th May 2019
skating across lake baikal

My skates are gliding over the ice of Lake Baikal. The ice is clear and deep and crisscrossed 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.


The Ultimate Guide to Hunting Russia’s Northern Lights in Murmansk.

Russia Travel Experiences | Written by 56th Parallel | Last updated on 20th Apr 2019
Northern lights in Murmansk

Where can one experience the northern lights in Russia? How are the Northern Lights formed? Where is Murmansk in the Kola Peninsula? What are the optimal conditions for finding the Northern Lights in Murmansk, Russia? What else to do in Murmansk during the day? How do I get to Murmansk (Kola Peninsula) from Moscow and St. Petersburg?

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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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