Winter Fun in Siberia
Siberia: In wintertime it’s a place of breathtaking beauty, the crackling air swept clean by fresh snow.
Make the most of winter in Siberia with ice-fishing on the thick ice of clear Lake Baikal, running a team of dogs, and sweeping over the ice on a hovercraft. You can experience some or all of these winter sports on MIR’s Siberian Winter Escapade or the Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland Route.
Here are a few favorite highlights:
Humans have been using dogs for transportation for at least a thousand years. When there’s snow on the ground these dogs are at their best, pulling sleds for hour after hour, six to nine miles an hour. On MIR’s Siberian winter tours, travelers learn the dog-sledding basics from a pro and then try it for themselves. Mush!
The party digs a hole through the ice with an ice auger or crowbar, and scoops the ice to the side of the hole. Down goes the jigging pole baited with the angler’s secret lure. Baikal has dozens of species of prime edible fish. A favorite is the endemic omul, found only in Baikal, and perfect for smoking, drying or eating fresh.
Passengers on a hovercraft can float over the beach and onto the surface of the lake at a higher rate of speed than most boats. The same can happen in winter as you are whisked from the shore onto the ice in a heartbeat.
- Siberian Winter Escapade – a small group tour
- Trans-Siberian Winter Wonder Land Route (Eastbound) / (Westbound) – a rail journey by private train
You can also travel on a custom private journey, hand-crafted to match your interests and travel style.
MIR has 30 years travel experience in Siberia and MIR affiliate offices in the Siberian cities of Irkutsk and Ulan Ude, offering on-the-ground support and quality you can trust and guides and tour managers that clients rave about.
(Feature photo credit: Vladimir Kvashnin)
PUBLISHED: September 16, 2014