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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

Northern Lights in Russia - The Travel Guide

Russia Travel Experiences | Written by 56th Parallel | Last updated on 25th Mar 2020
Russia Northern Lights tour Murmansk Aurora Borealis Kola

This guide was created to help travellers who are considering experiencing the Northern Lights in Russia. We look into some essential considerations that will help you plan for the best possible Northern lights experience and help you decide where how and to take it all in.

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The Ultimate Yamal Travel Guide

Russia Travel Experiences | Russian Culture & Ethnography | Written by 56th Parallel | Last updated on 25th Mar 2020
Yamal Travel guide

We are proud to introduce the Yamal Travel guide.

With almost the entirety of its territory above the Arctic Circle, Yamal is completely ice-bound for seven to nine months of the year.

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The Majesty of Franz Josef Land - Cruising Russia’s Arctic Frontier

Russia Travel Experiences | Written by Fiona Davis | Last updated on 21st Mar 2020
Franz Josef Land Cruise Sea Spirit Russian Arctic & Svalbard

Roughly 1,000km from the North Pole lies Franz Josef Land, the world’s northernmost archipelago. Although uninhabited (save for a small troupe of hardy military personnel) and almost entirely covered by ice, the 190 islands in the Franz Josef chain are Russian territory – although some 3,800 polar bears who reside on the islands may disagree.

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Altai Republic Travel Guide - Known by Locals as Russia's Switzerland

Russia Travel Experiences | Russia Travel Tips & Essential Advice | Written by 56th Parallel | Last updated on 26th Mar 2020
Altai Travel Guide

Welcome to the majestic Altai, a land of snow-capped mountains, fascinating nomadic tribes and heart-stopping wilderness adventures. One of the most beautiful and pristine regions in all of Russia, the borders of this wild and untamed domain touch the semi-deserts of Mongolia and the vast Kazakh plains, blessing Altai with one of the most varied climates in Siberia.

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8 Reasons Every Traveler Must Visit Altai Republic

Russia Travel Experiences | Written by Isabel Mellor | Last updated on 23rd Mar 2020
Altai tour Russia

It’s time to visit Altai in Russia, Siberia, if you’re searching for an untouched, raw paradise of adventure and sublime natural beauty. READ MORE

Top 13 Must-See Stops Along the Trans-Siberian Railway

Russia Travel Experiences | Written by 56th Parallel | Last updated on 23rd Mar 2020
Trans Siberian Stops, trans siberian tours, golden eagle, lake baikal

It is safe to say that a journey along the famous Trans-Siberian Railway would be a dream come true for many travellers. Known as the world’s longest single railway journey, a trip on the Trans-Siberian would take you across 10 different time zones in Russia over the span of one week. Starting from the glamorous city of Moscow and ending at Vladivostok in the Russian Far East, the train passes through quaint rural villages, towering mountains and ancient Siberian forests. There are many Trans Siberian stops that can be made en route, each capturing a different aspect of the mysterious Russian soul. To help you decide where to visit, we’ve put together a list of our travellers’ top 13 favourite stopover destinations along the Trans-Siberian Railway.

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Kamchatka Travel Guide - Essential Attractions

Russia Travel Experiences | Written by 56th Parallel | Last updated on 25th Mar 2020
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!

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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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