The Polar Urals cut between the northern cities of Salekhard, Vorkuta, and the Yamal Peninsula, and serve as a focal point for one of Russia’s most remote regions. For travelers willing to navigate the mountains, a unique insight into the nomadic Nenets culture of Yamal awaits, alongside a night in a chum (a Nenet version of a teepee) in the otherworldly arctic tundra.
In the midst of the polar nights, travelers can fly from Moscow to Salekhard, before enjoying a snowmobile trip across the Polar Urals to the Yamal Peninsula. Despite the gale-force arctic winds and competing with minimal visibility on a trip last winter, it’s by far one of Russia’s most exciting adventure travel experiences.
Travelers can fly from Moscow, Istanbul, or Sharjah to the up-and-coming capital of the Chechen Republic, Grozny, before then
Truly adventurous travelers can enter the region by taking a 24-hour marshrutka from the Siberian city of Tynda, but most visitors fly to the regional capital of Yakutsk from Moscow, Seoul or Harbin. From Yakutsk, common destinations include Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited city, or the Lena Pillars Natural Park for a dramatic winter hike. However, with the Yakutian region almost being as large as India, there is no shortage of potential travel destinations!
From Novosibirsk to the Russian-Mongolia border snakes one of Russia’s most exciting roads for road trip-obsessed travelers: Chuysky Trakt. Cutting straight through the dramatic mountain scenery of the central Altai Republic and ending in the magical steppe landscapes of the Kosh Agach district, a
Gorno-Altaisk, the capital of the Altai Republic, has direct flights from Moscow, but, due to their low frequency and comparatively high cost, travelers often prefer flying to Novosibirsk, before then taking a sleeper train to Biysk and onward taxis to Gorno-Altaisk. From Gorno-Altaisk, travelers can easily arrange marshrutkas or taxis all the way to the Mongolian border, stopping-off on the route’s scenic high-points such as Chibit to revel in the awesome natural beauty that is southern Siberia.
Kamchatka, a peninsula of fire and ice almost half a world away from Moscow, is a land of superlatives. It’s one of the world’s most geologically active
Due to a lack of roads between Kamchatka and the rest of Russia (yes, it really is that remote!), travelers usually enter the peninsula aboard direct flights from Moscow or Vladivostok. From the regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, travelers can be seen jumping on snowmobiles to climb to the smoking Mutnovsky Volcano, or even boarding a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter-trip to the Valley of the Geysers. Kamchatka is a real Shangri-la of adventure travel, but winter travelers should pack some really big gloves, as -30°C feels particularly chilly on the back of a snowmobile!
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