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From cosmopolitan Russian cities to snow-capped mountains, timeless townships to ancient forests, Russia offers some of the most unique and authentic travel experiences that everyone needs to have a least once in their lifetime. Discover Russia through the eyes of experienced travel bloggers as they take you through the good, the bad and the absolutely breathtaking aspects of this often misunderstood country.

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Whether you’re preparing for your long-anticipated Kamchatka adventure, searching for reasons to visit the frozen wonderland of Lake Baikal, or simply looking for quality travel inspiration for your next trip, our Russia travel blogs are here to help. Discover new and exciting must-see destinations, hear first-hand traveller experiences, and gain insider tips and advice from locals and travel experts on what to expect when visiting Russia.

We understand that many still see Russia as unknown territory, making it an unusual (and at times scary) travel destination. That is why our goal is to make the unfamiliar familiar. We help travellers feel more at ease by exposing them to the natural beauty and soul of almighty Russia, not only within the major cities of Moscow and St Petersburg but also the lesser-known but equally as beautiful rural townships and villages

The essential Kamchatka travel guide

Written by 56th Parallel on 29th Nov 2017
Kamchatka travel guide

If you’re the type of traveller who tends to avoid the well-trodden path in search of one-of-a-kind adventure experiences, Kamchatka should be at the top of your bucket list. We are proud to share this essential Kamchatka travel guide with you, enjoy the journey! READ MORE

9 reasons to visit Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal

Written by 56th Parallel on 27th Nov 2017
Olkhon Island

Visiting Olkhon Island is just like travelling back in time, a journey back to nature. I will never forget my trip to Olkhon Island because in many ways it cleansed my soul. Olkhon Island is located in the middle of the worlds Largest and deepest freshwater lake, Lake Baikal is aptly named “Little Forest” (in the native Buryat Tongue). READ MORE

16 must visit UNESCO world heritage sites in Russia

Written by 56th Parallel on 24th Nov 2017
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Russia, Red square

Did you know that there are currently 26 UNESCO world heritage sites in Russia? That makes Russia 9th in the world for its total number of World Heritage Sites – 16 of which are cultural and 10 of which are natural. READ MORE

Lake Baikal travel guide - top 10 attractions

Written by 56th Parallel on 23rd Nov 2017
Lake Baikal 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 some day.

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8 Ways to adventure Lake Baikal - Siberia on a deeper level

Written by 56th Parallel on 10th Oct 2017
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

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

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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