Must See Trans-Siberian Travel Tips for Nature Enthusiasts

Siberia has something for every nature-seeking outdoors enthusiast, year round. With icy-cold winters, and hot summers, travellers can choose to visit at a time of year that suits their interest; hiking and mountaineering in the summer, and winter sports during cold season.

Siberia is vast and is spread over 10 million square kilometres. The west is covered by swampy plain, forests dominate the centre, and the east has mountain peaks over 3,000 metres in height.

Here’s a look at some of the most breath-taking places to explore across Siberia while not breaking your travel budget. Siberia is an excellent travel destination for climbers, campers, and animal lovers; here are some highlights for hearty travellers.

Getting Around

There are many options for finding comfortable and reliable transportation across Siberia, including Trans-Siberian Railway, in addition to a wide selection of available tours. 

The Trans-Siberian Railway boasts the longest train journey in the world, crossing 7 time zones and around 9,100 km. The journey takes about 6 days to complete, is as iconic as it is memorable, and sure to be a satisfying way to travel.

Novosibirsk Zoo

If you’d like a break away from the city, the Novosibirsk Zoo is a great place to escape and hang out with the area’s diverse animal population.

With over 4,000 animals spanning 399 different species, you’re going to find some great moments to capture on film (or memory card!).

The Novosibirsk Zoo is incredibly family and kid-friendly —with polar bears, monkeys, and a whole bunch of arctic “cute and cuddlies” —even Ligers! A “liger” is half lion, half tiger, all cuteness.

The zoo is also active in preserving endangered species and growing their population, so it’s not uncommon to see baby animal cubs learning to walk, and goofing around.

Stolby National Park

Now that you’ve visited the zoo and are reacclimatized for nature, it’s time to explore Stolby National Park, one of the most popular tried and tested Trans-Siberian rail tours stops.

The park is named after its “Stolbys”, which in English mean pillars. They are unusual syenite rocks which appear to take the shape of animals and birds. They’re absolutely perfect for climbing.

Stolby National Park covers 42,700 hectares spanning over 34 kilometres between Mana and Bazaikha rivers, about 3km from Krasnoyarsk. 

Stolby is also designated as being a UNESCO World Cultural and Heritage site.

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal is the oldest freshwater lake on Earth, and is 20 to 25 million years old. It's also one of the largest and deepest, holding an astounding one-fifth of the world's freshwater.

Lake Baikal is about a mile deep and contains more flora and fauna than any other lake in the world, which earns it the title of the “Pearl of Siberia”. It really is a special place, and is also home to the only fresh water seals in existence. 

Its unique surroundings are a visceral combination of hills, mountains, meadows and forests. Lake Baikal is the stuff of dreams and fairy tales.

Of all of the many places to discover around Lake Baikal, we suggest exploring Cape Hoboy, and Shamanka Rock.

Cape Hoboy

Cape Hoboy is located on the Northern-most tip of the Island of Olkhon, also situated on Lake Baikal.

Located far off the beaten path, roads may be difficult to manoeuvre. It may be preferable to enter on foot, by bicycle, or on horseback. The cape is gorgeous, and surely as peaceful as it is secluded.

Shamanka Rock

Not located too far from Khuzir Village, Shamanka Rock also rests on the shores of Lake Baikal. This tranquil place is sure to leave an impression, with a rich cultural heritage and a nearby Buryat Ceremonial site.

Unique Activities

Among the tourist attractions which are popular with visitors to Siberia, there are also lesser known activities travellers can experience while experiencing their most popular Trans-Siberian adventures! These activities include white water rafting, cross country skiing, alpine sports, dogsledding, reindeer herding, hiking, biking, and even mushroom picking –and these are only a handful of the kind of fun and unusual activities you might consider while on your journey.

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