Russia Winter ToursRussia's winter wonderland - Snow filled cultural festivals and fun active adventures. Explore a variety of Russia winter tours, fit for a fairytale.

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

We’re not going to lie, it does get cold during the winter. Very much so! However, it is rarely a cold that the right clothing can’t deal with, plus the buildings and trains are designed to keep travellers snug and warm. There is no better feeling than coming in out of the cold into a toasty café and sipping on a hot cup of tea or a hearty traditional Russian soup!

Moreover, there are many things to do in Russia during winter that have been designed to make the best out of the cold season, and will most definitely get your blood flowing to warm you up. Ride on a sled pulled by a troika, go on a vodka tasting tour, or fill your stomach on “blinis” (Russian pancakes) with caviar. For those snow-filled action lovers, our Russia winter tours offer a wide range of activities that are sure to arouse the intrepid traveller within. Try your hand at husky sledding, ski down the fiery peaks of Kamchatka, or speed your way through snowy forests and across frozen lakes on a snowmobile.

For a more unique and genuine Russian winter experience, make your way to the remote regions of Yamal and Yakutia where ancient nomadic cultures thrive off the harsh Russian landscapes. Experience a culture immersion like no other as you ride like a Siberian on Yakut horses, sleep in conical teepees (known as ‘chums’), and assist the indigenous tribes with their annual reindeer migration.

Reindeer herders migration Nenets of Yamal Peninsula, Russian Festivals

Reindeer Migration with the Nenets in Yamal

Private tour | Any dates from December to April
Salekhard * Polar Ural Mountais * Nenets camp

Be a part of the ancient nomadic culture of the Siberian Arctic on this immersive experience, participating in massive reindeer migration and staying in the winter camps of Nenets – nomad people of Yamal. Our tour starts in Moscow, from where we take a flight to Salekhard and will drive to the village of Yar Sale, where we meet our hosts.

12days From(USD) $4,700 View Tour
Reindeer herders festival

Reindeer Herders' Festival in Yamal 2019

Private tour | Set departures in the end of March
Salekhard * Polar Ural Mountains * Nenets camp

Visit Yamal to witness the Reindeer Herder's festival and immerse yourself in the rich culture of Nenets. On this tour you will enjoy the program of the festival in Salekhard, and will spend a couple of days with Nenets family, learn about their way of life, beliefs and traditions.

7days From(USD) $3,850 View Tour
Lake Baikal Photography Tour

Lake Baikal Photography Expedition

Group tour | Guaranteed departures
Irkutsk > Olkhon island > Irkutsk

Stay for 5 days on the famous Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal. Walk on the glass-clear ice and catch the perfect shots of this amazing frozen beauty! We will spend plenty of time on the ice, crossing the lake in vehicles and stopping at various spots such as ice grottos, huge ice blocks and beautiful ice mounds.

8days From(USD) $2,990 View Tour
Northern lights Murmansk, Russia aurora borealis

Quest for Aurora Borealis


Spend 3 days in Arctic city of Murmansk in Kola Peninsula, where you will enjoy snow activities such as husky dog sledding and snowmobiling during days and will get a chance to hunt Aurora Borealis at nights.

3days From(USD) $1,050 View Tour
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Northern Lights Discovery in Russia

Private tour | Your own departure date
Moscow > Murmansk, Kola Peninsula > Moscow

Stay on Kola Peninsula and hunt for Northern Lights. Our journey begins in Moscow, where you’ll have the opportunity to tour some of the capital’s most important sites. The next few days we’ll spend in the small town of Monchegorsk in the southern Kola Peninsula, where we will visit Saami settlements and learn about their semi-nomadic way of life that has survived for thousands of years.

7days From(USD) $2,550 View Tour
Northern Lights train tour, northern lights Russia tour

Arctic Rail Explorer - Quest for Northern Lights

5 STAR | Group railway journey | Set departures
Moscow * Vladimir * Suzdal * Murmansk * Kirkenes * Petrozavodsk * St Petersburg

Take in the beautiful cities of St Petersburg and Moscow before exploring deep into the Russian and Norwegian Arctic Circle in pursuit of the magnificent Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

12days From(USD) $12,595 View Tour
Northern lights in Russia

Northern Lights in Russia: Arctic Winter Magic

Group tour | Guaranteed departures
Moscow * St Petersburg * Karelia * Kola * Murmansk

Explore main sights of mighty Moscow and cultural capital of Russia - Saint Petersburg. Head to Karelia, where we’ll stop to admire the Ruskeala Mountain Park and historic Kizhi Island. Discover the customs of the indigenous Saami in Kola Peninsula and observe Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky.

13days From(USD) $3,550 View Tour
Kamchatka Winter tour, Russian winter holiday

Kamchatka Winter Adventure

Group tour | Guaranteed departures
Avachinsky volcano free-ride * dog-sledding * snowmobiling * skiing

Enjoy skiing from Kamchatka’s fiery volcanic peaks, relax in thermal hot springs and experience the most popular winter activities - dog sledding and snowmobiling.

7days From(USD) $1,850 View Tour
Lake Baikal Ice Adventure

Lake Baikal Ice Adventure

Group tour | Guaranteed departures
Olkhon Island * Ogoy Island * Buguldeika * Peschanaya Bay * Listvyanka

Feel as though you have stepped into a fantasy novel as you experience a magical adventure, one that you will never forget. You'll explore the frozen beauty of Olkhon Island by crossing the lake by ice roads, and experience real Siberian fun - dog sledging, snowmobiling and a "banya".

6days From(USD) $2,690 View Tour
Yakutia, visit Oymyakon Pole of Cold tour, Oymyakon Tour

Yakutia: The Pole of Cold Festival


Immerse in the culture of the Poles of Cold Festival in Oymyakon, where the coldest temperatures on earth have been recorded and extremes are a way of life.

8days From(USD) $4,650 View Tour
discover Yakutia

Yakutia - Russia's Winter Wonderland


Dive into the wintery world of this remote Arctic region and discover ancient shamanic traditions. Ride reindeer, meet a mammoth and shop for dazzling diamonds.

5days From(USD) $2,350 View Tour

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