Winter is a very special time to Russia and its people. You will see a good part of the world's largest country covered with snow and ice - it feels like stepping into a famous Russian novel. You will experience the winter in both of hte Snow Empire’s two capitals, the magnificent Imperial City of St. Petersburg and vibrant Moscow, you will travel back in times to Russia's oldest town and visit all the highlighst of the famous Golden Ring towns!
Winter is a fairy tale time for Lake Baikal. The ice of the frozen Lake Baikal is unique and absolutely see-through and when you are walking on it you can see a few metres down. From February Lake Baikal becomes the largest ice-skating ring in the world. Winter is the right time to feel the power of world's largest and deepest freshwater lake, time when it's unrivaled beauty is most amazing. Meet real Siberian winter, explore indigenous cultures and enjoy true Siberian hospitality.
Real Winter. Real Russia. Private driving tour from Yakutia to Magadan. Visit Oymyakon, the coldest permanently inhabited locales on Earth, when Yakutsk itself is the coldest major city in the world. More records? Verkhoyansk town holds the Guinness world record for the greatest temperature range on Earth: 105 °C (189 °F). Magadan, the gateway to Kolyma region and Soviet GULAG' capital, indigenous cultures, home stay and once-in-a-lifetime experience of magic Russian Winter!
Although “Russian North” as a name is more about culture and history than geography, it also describes a huge area spreading from the Russia-Finland border in the east to the Ural Mountains in the west. The area's population is mostly of Russian-Finnish origin and now represents an ethnic group called “Pomory”; or, “the sea people”. For centuries the Northern Seaway was the only path that connected ancient Russia with Europe. Once Russia established routes to the Baltic and Black seas, the importance of the Pomory region dwindled and with the passing of time, the entire area became the preserve of old and diminishing Russian cultures. The Soviet period added more drama to the history of the Pomory region, as many gulag prisons were located here.
Without a doubt, New Year is the most important holiday of the year for Russians. This year at Novosibirsk we have planned a special programme of cultural activities fo you to explore. Don't miss our excursion to the incredible Baikal ake land discover all its secrets!