Top of the World, North pole Cruise

Written by Anna Schneider on 20th Dec 2017
north pole cruise, Russia tour

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.

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Gems of Karelia - Kizhi Island, Solovki and Valaam

Written by Anna Schneider on 15th Nov 2017
Karelia tour
Karelia is situated to the north of St.Petersburg: it stretches along the border with Finland up to the Arctic Circle and is abundant with forests, lakes and rivers, including the Ladoga and the Onega – the two largest lakes in Europe. This singular place in the Russian North is truly a land of primordial nature. This Karelia tour will take you on scenic boat rides to some of the region’s many lakes or rivers, trekking with huskies on trails in the beautiful pine forests and picking berries in the woods. Take your time. Wander around. Enjoy the scenery.
TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Kizhi Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture is one of the most unmissable greatest cultural attractions in Russia. The island contains some 83 relocated wooden buildings from the 17th to the 19th centuries, with the crown jewel being the elaborate 1714 Church of the Transfiguration
  • The Valaam Archipelago is a group of 50 islands in Lake Lagoda, the largest lake in Europe. The heart of Valaam is its magnificent monastery complex, which is somewhere between 1000 and 600 years old and was at the centre of the 16th century power struggle between the Russians and Swedes
  • Ruskeala Mountain Park is a former marble quarry. Centuries of dynamiting created a massive, 109m wide canyon filled with emerald green water. A spectacular sight, best viewed on a boat trip between the steep canyon walls riddled with caves and grottoes
  • The ancient village of Kinerma is a hamlet of just a few families, said to be the most beautiful village in Russia. Visit Kinerma’s 16th century chapel, before dinner with our local hosts
  • Visit the adorable furry residents of Karjara Park Husky Farm. Learn about this iconic Siberian working breed before the dogs take you on a sledding or soft trekking experience through the silent Karelian forests
  • The White Sea Petroglyphs are located near a remote bay where the forest meets the coast. These rock paintings and carvings are among the most complex examples of Late Stone Age art in northern Europe

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Reindeer Migration with the Nenets in Yamal

Written by 56th Parallel on 8th Aug 2017
Reindeer herders migration Nenets of Yamal Peninsula

As the world gets smaller, there’s a desire to travel further – and there are few places as enchantingly far away as Yamal Peninsula. This cultural 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

Wrangel Island Cruise - An Arctic Expedition

Written by 56th Parallel on 11th Mar 2015
Wrangel island cruise expedition with polar bear, Wrangel island tour

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.

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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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