See Kamchatka, one of the world’s wildest landscapes, with MIR Corporation

See Kamchatka, one of the world’s wildest landscapes, with MIR Corporation

The Kamchatka Peninsula, located in Russia’s northeastern extreme, is one of the wildest places on earth, with abundant flora and fauna, the most varieties of Pacific salmon in its waters, an active ring of volcanoes, and a multitude of sea birds skirting its shores. Only a few hundred miles away from Alaska’s Aleutian Islands as the crow flies, Kamchatka is the home of the “Valley of the Geysers,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site accessible only by helicopter that boasts around 90 steaming geysers and hot springs. The Valley was partially destroyed by mudslides in June 2007, and though reports initially estimated the Valley to be over 11% destroyed, it has since recovered well. Read More


Honeymoon Hideaways: 10 Under-the-Radar Romantic Destinations

Honeymoon Hideaways: 10 Under-the-Radar Romantic Destinations

We've gathered 10 romantic off-the-radar destinations where you and your sweetheart can experience an unforgettable honeymoon or couple's getaway — no matter what your style and personal preferences are. Read More


Undiscovered Kamchatka: Where Reindeer Reign in Russia

Undiscovered Kamchatka: Where Reindeer Reign in Russia

Get an up-close look at northern reindeer and their herders in rugged, remote UNESCO-listed Kamchatka Peninsula. It's a Russian Far East treasure filled with rarely seen volcanoes and geysers, perfect for intrepid travelers. Read More


Creative Conveyances: Helicopters, Hovercraft, and Camels

Creative Conveyances: Helicopters, Hovercraft, and Camels

Have you ever... • Ridden a camel across a desert with a name that translates to "you can get in but you can’t get out?" • 4-wheeled up a steep Tajik mountain pass on the Pamir Highway? • Strapped yourself into a helicopter for a flight over vast wilderness studded with volcanoes? • Zoomed over the clear waters of Lake Baikal in a hydrofoil? Or over its clear ice in a hovercraft? • Been rocked to sleep in a cozy cabin on a Trans-Siberian train? MIR's creative itineraries sometimes require creative transportation methods. These MIR tours add adventurous experiences to adventurous travel. Read More


MIR in the News: The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, MSN and more

MIR in the News: The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, MSN and more

As experts in travel to Central Asia, Russia, Iran and beyond, it's always gratifying when word of our tours and news is shared in the press. Here are some of MIR’s recent mentions in the press... Read More



Travel to St. Petersburg or Siberia?  Cultural Capital or the Great Outdoors?

Travel to St. Petersburg or Siberia? Cultural Capital or the Great Outdoors?

There’s so much to choose from between St. Petersburg’s world-class museums and the reindeer herds of Kamchatka, with the endless miles of Siberian taiga thrown in for good measure. Both these destinations have their own superlatives ­– and more in common than you might think. Read More


Rugged Kamchatka Peninsula: Russia’s “Ring of Fire”

Rugged Kamchatka Peninsula: Russia’s “Ring of Fire”

The place is as unfamiliar as the name: Kamchatka. It’s a rugged, remote peninsula in Russia’s Far East lying uneasily atop the Pacific Ring of Fire, marked by volcanoes and geysers, and populated by reindeer and indigenous peoples. Kamchatka was closed to Soviets and foreigners alike for military reasons until 1993. Read More