With their breathtaking frozen lakes, enchanted ice caves and cozy snow-covered cobbled streets, winter is undoubtedly the most stunning time of the year to visit Russia. While few travellers dare to brave its sub-zero temperatures, the rewards for those that do are without parallel. From November to April each year, Russia transforms into a world of cultural festivities and fun activities, with the streets and parks turning into wonderlands of snow and frost.
Russian Winter Highlights
- Experience the beauty of Russia’s world-famous landmarks and historical buildings such as the Red Square, the Hermitage and Catherine’s Palace, under an almost magical crisp white blanket of snow. Bonus: fewer tourists during the winter means smaller crowds and shorter lines!
- Try your hand at one of Russia’s many winter activities, such as ice skating across the breathtaking Lake Baikal, husky-sledding through the forests of Kamchatka, and joining a snowmobile safari adventure to the Viluchinsky waterfall
- Hunt for the Northern Lights, one of the most astonishing natural phenomenon on Earth and a definite travel experience at the top of every adventurer’s bucket list, at the Kola Peninsula in Russia’s Arctic
- Immerse yourself in the cultures of ancient nomadic Russian tribes such as the indigenous Nenets of Yamal and the shamanistic Yakuts of Yakutia.
- Venture to the coldest inhabited area on Earth for an experience like no other, known as Oymyakon, where winter temperatures average -50ºC