A cruise to Kuril Islands is one of the world’s great journeys, an expedition that beckons nature lovers, history buffs, and the intrepid explorer within. Marvel at spectacular natural landscapes, pristine tundra, and massive volcanoes, and spot a multitude of rare bird species without forgetting to enjoy some of the delicious fresh local caviar and vodka. READ MORE
This incredible north pole cruise starts in Murmansk, Russia. There you embark the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Years of Victory for a roundtrip voyage to the geographic North Pole. Anticipation heightens as the mighty ship takes us smashing through the frozen Arctic Ocean toward our goal. You literally circumambulate the globe during our International Round Dance and you are treated to a special barbecue meal on the ice. You may even have the chance to take a plunge into the icy water. No other point on Earth is exactly like the North Pole and there is no celebration anywhere quite like this.
This extraordinary Franz Josef Land cruise is as unique and authentic as the place itself. Starting in Longyearbyen in the Norwegian territory of Svalbard, the Sea Spirit cruise ship crosses the icy, wildlife-rich Barents Sea to the Russian High Arctic. This remote wilderness is home to a variety of wildlife, including polar bears. In the surrounding icy waters it is possible to spot seals, walruses, and the elusive bowhead whale. The archipelago also hosts an abundance of nesting Arctic seabirds such as the rare ivory gull.
As the world gets smaller, there’s a desire to go further – and there are few places as enchantingly far away as Yamal. This tour transports you deep into Siberia’s isolated Arctic region. ‘Yamal’ means ‘edge of the world’ in the language of the indigenous Nenets. The Nenets of Yamal carve out a unique way of life, seemingly at the limits of human tolerance. Yamal Peninsula was considered so inhospitable that Stalin built his prison camps here. Yet a strikingly colourful, rich and resilient culture has been preserved and relatively unchanged here for some 2,000 years. READ MORE
Lake Baikal Photography Expedition has the well-deserved honour of highlighting Siberia’s most famous frozen landscapes. Summer sees the bulk of tourist activity in the area, but it’s in winter that the most devoted photographers make the pilgrimage, hoping to capture once-in-a-lifetime images of the natural world at its most powerful and surreal. READ MORE
Travel to Wrangel Island, an area 140km off the northeast coast of Siberia that is separated from northern Alaska by the Chukchi Sea. For 10 frozen months of the year, this lonely wilderness is completely cut off from the outside world.
Reaching Wrangel and braving its polar climate is not for the faint of heart. Only the most dedicated nature lovers make the journey – but the rewards are without parallel. There is simply no better destination than to meet the wild denizens of the Arctic up-close, virtually undisturbed by human interference, and in numbers that will simply astound you.
On this Kamchatka photo expedition, stay on the shores of the iconic Kurilskoye Lake and take part in some of the best bear viewings on the peninsula, as the bears gorge themselves during the annual salmon run. Hike some of Kamchatka’s active volcanoes for thrilling shots of steaming vents, acid lakes, and smoking craters. READ MORE
Lake Baikal ice adventure takes place in March (Springtime) when the temperature gets above zero, but the ice is still solid and crystal clear. During your trip, you will get to experience closeness to Siberia and its wilderness that you have never felt before. You will feel the beautiful isolation of nature during this handcrafted tour. We sure you’ll be amazed by the frozen beauty of Baikal. We speed things up as you will get to experience dog sledding, snowmobiles, ice skating, hovercraft rides and many more activities; including the most unique experiences — ice rafting and swimming in the ice hole after a steamy Russian Sauna! Try local cuisine: Siberian sashimi and fish skewers on a picnic, organised in the middle of the frozen lake.
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.