Siberia and Far East

Siberia and the Russian Far East occupy very vast sparsely populated territories. There are beautiful mountain areas in these districts: the Altai and the Sayan Mountains. There are over 30 active and about 300 extinct volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Lake Baikal is unique in its composition and amount of fresh water.

Lake Baikal has a depth of 1600 meters. Irkutsk is located closest to Baikal. A road leads from the city to Listvyanka. However, the most interesting sights of Baikal are on the island of Olkhon. It is there that you can see the harsh Siberian nature, massive stones covered with red moss, caves and rocks.

You can see a beautiful corner of the Siberian taiga in the city of Krasnoyarsk, on the Yenisei River. The entrance to the Stolby Nature Reserve is within the limits of the city. One day will be enough to visit the reserve and admire the beauty of the Siberian nature and very picturesque rocks. Near Krasnoyarsk there are two powerful hydroelectric power stations – Krasnoyarsk and Sayano-Shushenskaya.

The Sayan Ergaki National Park is 500 kilometers south of Krasnoyarsk. This is a beautiful mountain range with bizarre cliffs. There you can see a miracle of nature – the Hanging Stone. The stone weighing about 600 tons is set in an inclined position only slightly touching the rock.

The nature of the Altai is at least as beautiful. The rapids of the Katun River are the most famous place for rafting in Russia. Lake Teletskoye is in the foothills of the Altai Mountains. And you will have to go inland along the Chuysky tract to get to Belukha Mountain.

Kamchatka Peninsula is a country of volcanoes. The main sights of Kamchatka are in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve. They are the Valley of Geysers, Uzon Caldera, Kronotskaya Sopka. The distances are so large there that you will have to move around on a helicopter.

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Tobolsk. View of the Tobolsk Kremlin from the Governor Palace side
Siberian taiga-tree roots on the rocks near the pillars of the Grandmother and Granddaughter in the reserve Krasnoyarsk pillars
Feathers Pillar is a symbol of the Krasnoyarsk Pillars nature reserve
The side of the Takmak pillar and the Yermak pillar (in the distance) at the Krasnoyarsk Pillar Reserve
Opera and Ballet Theatre on Red Avenue in Novosibirsk
«The house with a tent» – the former house of the merchant Golovanov
"House with firebirds" in the estate of the merchant Gulabo is one of the most beautiful wooden houses in Tomsk
Beautiful mountain scenery in Tokmakovsky area of the Krasnoyarsk Pillars nature reserve
Znamensky Cathedral and the Churchs of Abalak monastery
The monument to Dostoyevsky – the most famous prisoner in Tobolsk Prison (near Peter and Paul church)
The Krasnoyarsk HES was built 30 kilometers from Krasnoyarsk in Divnogorsk in 1972.
The house of Baba-Yaga on the high Bank of Irtysh river in Abalak fortress
Gostiny Yard is a trade center in Tobolsk, was built in 1708
The exposition, dedicated to the Tobolsk exile of Romanov family, in the Governor House
St.Sophia Cathedral in Tobolsk Kremlin. The first stone Church was built in Siberia in 1686
The Communal Bridge – one of the symbols of Krasnoyarsk – was built in 1956.
The Yenisei in Divnogorsk.
On one of the floors of the Krasnoyarsk museum center there remained an exposition devoted to Lenin.
The floor devoted to the modern art at the Krasnoyarsk museum center. 
St. Nicholas chapel is a landmark of Novosibirsk
A viewing point over the Yenisei in the village Sileznevo.