Pictures say more than a thousand words
Travelling there may not be first idea which comes to your mind when thinking about Siberia. But in fact, the region is a stunning and unique place with real untouched nature, countless indigenous nations with their own culture and traditions and numerous natural sites of which many are fairly known to western people. To make a long story short: It is absolutely worth a visit! I have selected five great pictures which were taken in Yakutia, at the Baikal lake and on Kamchatka which capture some of the natural sites in Siberia and which will give you an idea why Siberia is a great destination. I hope you enjoy them the same as I did!
The coldest inhabited Place in the World
I’d like to start with Yakutia. What do 50 degrees below minus feel like? Traveling Oymyakon in Yakutia may give you an idea about what life is like in one of the coldest places in the world. But in fact, visiting Oymyakon offers so much more than just the extreme climate. It is one of the most remote places in the world with an absolutely unique character that is surrounded by landscapes that look like glimpses of alien worlds. This picture has been taken somewhere in the literally endless forests surrounding Oymyakon. I like that photo very much as it kind of captures the stunning beauty of the winter landscapes in this region.
The Northern Lights of Yakutia
Another great picture taken in Yakutia during winter. The northern lights of Siberia are one of the spectacular natural phenomenons waiting to be explored by you. Visiting the village of Oymyakon is one of the possibilities to see them. Sometimes you will also see them in the city of Yakutsk but if you want to have a high probability to see them you should definitely leave the city and head into the taiga. Unfortunately there is now way to predict when they will occur as they are dependent on solar activity but still Yakutia is one of the best places in the world to spot them. I have seen them myself many times and each time it has been an absolutely inspiring experience for me.
Baikal Lake in Winter
Let’s move south. This photo has been taken on the Baikal lake. With an age of more than 25 million years and a depth of almost 1,700 meters, the Baikal lake is the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world. Mystic caves on the banks of the river, the peaceful silence of the Siberian winter and absolutely stunning icy landscapes are just some reasons which make the Baikal lake one the most impressive travel destinations. With its crystal blue appearance and the numerous bubbles trapped, the almost two meters thick ice looks absolutely stunning. There are numerous way to travel the lake in winter. The most popular one is by car. This allows to also visit the most remote place of the lake and to visit the amazing frozen rock cliffs and fantastic ice caves along the lake. Read more on the Baikal lake here.
Compared to Yakutia, Kamchatka is a quite developed travel destination but still a tip for travelers looking for an inspiring experience. The peninsula is located in Russia’s far east and is similar in size to Germany. Like most of Siberia, Kamchatka is hardly populated and and a wild life’s paradise. This photo shows one of the countless bears populating Kamchatka. The Kronotsky nature reserve for instance is estimated to be populated by four bears per 100 square meters. But also beyond its wild life, Kamchatka has a lot to offer.
The Volcanoes of Kamchatka
The volcanoes of Kamchatka have been included in the UNESCO World’s Heritage List. This is one of the 169 volcanoes of Kamchatka of which 29 are still active. One of the active ones is the Klyuchevskaya Sopka which is the largest active volcano in the northern hemisphere. It is an absolute special experience to travel there. In my opinion, the volcanoes of Kamchatka are one of the most spectacular sights in the world!
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