On this 9-day Lake baikal tour, you will visit Baikal’s most famous sites and get acquainted with the history of four different indigenous cultures inhabiting its shores. We will explore both western and eastern shores of Lake Baikal: “European” Irkutsk region and “Asian” Buryat Republic. You will be amazed at how everything changes around you, from the people to faces, nature and landscapes. Open the curtain of the spiritual world of Lake Baikal: learn the principles of Buddhism, the basics of shamanism, the culture of the Buryats and Old Believers’ way of life in modern Russia.
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
To visualise the northern lights discovery, imagine a place that lives, works and plays above the Polar Circle. This extraordinary place is Kola Peninsula in Russia’s Arctic. Kola may not be on the tourist radar, but that’s what makes it special. The small cities of Murmansk and Monchegorsk of around 300,000 residents are compact, but it’s the surrounding Arctic nature and the well-preserved indigenous cultures that will enthral the intrepid traveller. Murmansk is also known to be one of the best places to see the northern lights in Russia in all its glory. READ MORE
This Kamchatka nature and wildlife tour will take place in the prime summer wildlife viewing season where you’ll experience the incredibly rich of flora, fauna, and geology of the region. The Kamchatka summer tour kicks off in spectacular style with a flight over the Ksudach volcano, followed by several days observing the salmon fishing bears of Kurilskoye Lake in the Kronotsky Reserve. We plan a helicopter landing at the crater of the Mutnovsky volcano before heading further north to see the new lava cones of Tolbachik volcano in Klyuchevskoy Nature Park. We’ll also take it one step further and experience Kamchatka by spending time in the settlement of Esso, staying overnight with nomadic reindeer herders in their summer camp in the mountains.
Millions of years of volcanic activity have carved Kamchatka into a place of strangely prehistoric, undulating landscapes. Seen from the air, stark lava fields, gaping craters and mountainous tundra contrast with lush forests and shimmering lakes and rivers and the endless blue depths of the Pacific Ocean. 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.