If you want to visit Russia’s most exotic places with endless opportunities to explore one of the world’s most dramatic landscapes, unique wildlife, native cultures and hospitality, consider spending your vacation in Siberia and the Russia Far East.
The Kamchatka Peninsula, just across the Bering Sea from Alaska, is one of the world’s most pristine and awe-inspiring wild places. The area percolates with geothermal activity. It is home to numerous active volcanoes and geysers.
Yakutia, a vast unexplored region of Siberia, has gained attention as one of the coldest places in the world, but is worth a visit more for the great natural beauty of its surrounding countryside, unique cryogenic museums, diverse culture of native Yakut people, and just for the spirit of adventure in the most remote lands of the world. One of the sites to visit in Yakutia is the Lena Pillars Nature Park, an impressive chain of sharp-pointed rocks resembling pillars about 490-985 ft high, extends for about 50 miles along the Lena River. This unique ecological and tourism location is less than a day’s boat ride from Yakutsk.
The Trans-Siberian Railway
The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway in the world, an epic journey of almost 6,000 miles over one third of the globe, seven days or more of unabated train travel through the vast expanse of Russia. Travelers can enjoy stopovers in many Russian towns and cities, from the ancient Russian towns along the Volga river, to the scenic Lake Baikal region, or Vladivostok and Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East.
Lake Baikal, known as the “Blue Pearl of Siberia”, is the world’s deepest freshwater lake located in south-eastern Siberia, north of the Mongolian border. Lake Baikal is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and was also voted as one of Russia’s Seven Wonders. You will have a chance to uncover the splendid landscapes along the lake Baikal, as well as the city of Ulan-Ude, capital of Buryatia Republic, the most important center of Buddhism in Russia; and the city of Irkutsk, one of the largest and oldest Russian cities in Siberia. Most of the city’s historical buildings have survived, and while wandering its streets, you may feel that you have traveled back through the centuries.
The House of Europe, also called “lacy house”, is one of the symbols of Irkutsk. Irkutsk is known for its well-preserved wooden houses decorated with carving. The house was built at the end of the 19th century and belonged to the Shastins, a family of merchants. Today, The House of Europe serves to support economic, scientific and cultural communication between Europe and East Siberia.