Siberia

A trip to Siberia is a very unique opportunity to escape from the busy, concrete cities and experience an adventure of a lifetime. Along with the breathtaking landscapes of snow and forests, curious travellers will be fascinated by ancient monuments, unusual museums and amazing ethnographic parks. Each year sees more and more attractions for you to enjoy in this striking part of the world including modern hotels, ski resorts and entertainment complexes all on the background of such pristine, natural beauty.

The Siberian region has been a part of Russia since the late 16th century, when the Tsardom of Russia claimed these distant territories as its own. Stretching east from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific-Arctic divide, and south from the Arctic Ocean to the borders of Mongolia and China, it encompasses a huge 77% of Russia’s territory yet is home to just 28% of its population.

After Russia conquered these lands from the Mongol Hordes in 1582, Siberia remained a sparsely populated area due to its unforgiving terrain and isolation, catering only to exiled prisoners and brave explorers. It wasn’t until the Trans-Siberian Railway was constructed between the years 1859-1916 that the region slowly began to modernise and industrialise.

Siberia isn’t just a frigid wasteland. Tundra does dominate the far north, but central and southern parts have vast mountain ranges, some reaching three kilometres high, creating beautiful and deep valleys that wild animals of all sorts call home. Vegetation thrives in these low-altitude areas and is mostly comprised of dense taiga – forests of pine, spruces and larches. Such forests can stretch along for most of the continent with parts that are rarely explored and trodden on. Lakes and rivers intersperse the landscape, with the mysterious Lake Baikal being the most famous for its sheer depth, pristine waters and biodiversity. Trans siberian railway