MIR Named Siberian Specialists in Condé Nast Traveler
“Siberia in winter is overwhelmingly soulful, the snowflakes the size of leaves.” – Sophy Roberts
is an adventurer. An award-winning journalist, Roberts is drawn to out-of-the-way places, especially during the off-season when travelers are few. That’s why she was touring Siberia in winter, dog-sledding, buzzing around on snow-mobiles, ice-fishing and walking on the frozen water of Lake Baikal.
She loves the romance of Siberia, she writes in the of Condé Nast Traveler:
“But while the romance is alluring, the realities of Siberia are forbidding, and require expert guidance. I find my man in Douglas Grimes, founder of the U.S.-based travel company MIR Corporation, which has 30 years’ experience in Russia.”
Doug and MIR showed Roberts around the snowy edges of south Siberia’s UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, and then took her out to play like the locals on the thick ice. She was delighted at the beauty of this land of exiles and gulags:
“Only in coming here do I understand why of many of Russia’s exiles–including the early-19th-century aristocratic revolutionaries called the Decembrists, who rebelled against the autocracy of the czar–didn’t race home to Moscow when their sentence was up.”
Roberts likes to travel as the locals do, with authentic and intimate encounters all along her trail. That’s why MIR was such a good match for her on her exploration in Siberia.
“To me, the ultimate luxury is having the freedom to travel widely in the first place, to parts of the world where one encounters no other tourists, where the feeling of otherness is as intense as the bite of a Siberian wind in March.”
Travel to Siberia with MIR
MIR is your Siberia travel expert – with 30 years of travel experience to Russia and with affiliate offices in Ulan Ude and Irkutsk (both in Siberia), as well as in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
MIR’s full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
30 years of travel expertise means that the specialists at MIR know how to get there, what to do while you’re there, and how to enhance your trip in each of our destinations. For more information about what to know before you go, check out MIR’s insider’s guide into travel to Siberia’s Lake Baikal and Buryatia Region.
(Top Photo: Walking on a frozen Lake Baikal. Photo credit: Douglas Grimes.)
PUBLISHED: December 2, 2016