Environmental and Landscape Tours across Russia

Russia... Or officially the Russian Federation...

               A country which everybody knows...

               A country with a great history...

               A country extending across Northern Asia and Eastern Europe...

               A country with a wide range of environments and landforms...

               A country with eleven time zones...

               The largrest country in the world covering more than one eighth of the Earth's    

               inhabited land area...

               The ninth most populous country with over 146,6 Million  


What do environmental and landscape tours across Russia stand for?

What is Ecotourism like?


Ecotourism is defined as "responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment, sustain the well-being of the local people and involve interpretation and education" (TIES, 2015).  Ecotourism usually involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna and cultral heritage are the primary attractions. That means an insight into the impact of human beings on the environment and a care for an appreciation of our natural habitats.


What are the destinations of environmental and landscape tours across Russia?

Let's have a look at some of them...

The Earth's deepest lake Baikal  is a unique place on the planet with water of such purity that it is close to distilled. Tourists from around the world have a rest here all year round, although the most favorable is the time from mid-May to late September. During warmer months tourists come for the great fishing, hunting, exploring the mountains and forests. And, of course, to lie on the beach and dive into the water. The coastline of lake Baikal is about two thousand kilometers long, which means a huge area for research on the subject of interest and easy hiking.

Winter resorts Mamay and Baikalsk offer ski fun on the slopes of different difficulty levels in the surroundings of delightful nature. The best time for skiing is from November to March.


The Circum-Baikal Railway  is a historical railway in the Irkutsk region of Russia with 248 bridges, 18 tunnels, 8 galleries and also with scenic views of the windows. It is one of the most striking impressions when traveling to lake Baikal.

The Circum-Baikal Railway runs along northern shore of southern extremity of the lake from the town Slyudyanka to the Baikal settlement. Until the middle of the 20th century the main line of the Trans-Siberian Railway went along the Circum-Baikal railway.

Karelien  is a historical region in north-eastern Europe with a remarkably well-preserved wildlife. Today it is divided between Russia and Finland.


Karelien is renowned for dense forests, crystal clear lakes and rivers and also for marvellous scenery. Being there you begin to believe that your child's dream comes true and you are in a fairy tale. But Karelien is a land for adventurers who are interested in hiking into the dark forest, fishing in the lakes and exploring the traces of wild animals.


Kizhi  is the most famous island of lake Onega. It stretches from the north to the south and is about 6 km long, 1 km wide and about 68 km away from the capital of Karelien, Petrozavodsk.

The island is famous for amazing architectural masterpieces. Now Kishi is an open air museum with a territory of over 10 thousand hectares. Collection of wooden architecture is represented in more than seven dozen exhibits. There are many churches, farmhouses, ancient villages and archaeological sites.

Krasnodar Region attrackts tourists with a real summer holiday. This southern region of Russia is rich in everything that tourists can imagine: the Black sea, the Sea of Azov and the Caucasus Mountains. The Mountain area of Krasnodar region occupies about 20% of the entire territory of the region.


For those who want to rest and be cured at the same time, the Krasnodar region offers many resorts with mineral water baths. The most famous resorts are Sochi, Adler, Tuapse and Gelendzhik.

The Ural Mountains  lie between the East European and West Siberian plains. The boundary between Europe and Asia runs along eastern side of the Ural Mountains.  The Urals mostly lie within Russia but also include a part of northwestern Kazakhstan. The Ural Mountains are             600 million years old, their length is over 2,000 kilometers. Their width varies from 40 to 150 kilometers. 


Environmental and landscape tours across the Urals have a tremendous diversity of tourist routes. Active tourism in the Urals is represented by mountain tours, hiking, horse riding, rafting, ecological and ethnographic tourism. The natural and landscape diversity of the region can satisfy every requirement of active tourists, including extreme and adventure tours.

Are you curious of environmental and landscape tours across Russia?


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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Basti (Sunday, 21 August 2016 00:04)

    Lake Baikal is really a fastinating destination. I've been dreaming of visiting it for years. Even the another places in Russia are appealing. Is a visa to Russia required?

  • #2

    DrNo (Sunday, 21 August 2016 12:37)

    Very interesting travel and tourist information across russia. It would be great to put links into your report, where I can order these travel tours or agencies, where I can get detail information for travel into these areas. It would be great to see the maps with tour routes in the description. The pictures are very nice, but not everybody can find these areas without maps or routes. Russia is big and not everbody has such experience like you.

  • #3

    Alex (Sunday, 21 August 2016 16:16)

    Tolle Bilder, ich würde gerne mal dahin fahren. Welche Anreise könntest Du mir empfehlen und welche Region sollte ich als erstes besuchen?

  • #4

    yarik90 (Monday, 22 August 2016 14:02)

    Didn't know there are winter resorts at lake Baikal

  • #5

    Lana-SHON (Monday, 22 August 2016 14:40)

    Dear Basti,

    Yes, the most foreign tourists are required to have an Entry Visa to Russia. Russian visas can be obtained at local Russian Embassy or Consulate. For example, you can use this link to find out what you Need to enter Russia: https://www.visatorussia.com/russianvisa.nsf/visa_requirements.html

    Only for Kaliningrad (Russian: Калининград - former German name: Königsberg) you may apply for a 72-hour express visa if you are citizens of countries subject to the Shengen Agreement, UK and Japan. This visa is valid for no longer than 4 days and 3 nights.

    Here some links:
    City Kaliningrad: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaliningrad
    Kaliningrad Oblast: https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Kaliningrad_Oblast
    72-hour express visa to Kaliningrad: http://konigsberg.ru/eng/express-visa.php

    Have fun travelling to Russia!
    Live Stylish!
    Stay Healthy!
    Eat Organic!
    Be Natural!

  • #6

    Lana-SHON (Monday, 22 August 2016 15:33)

    Lieber Alex,

    als erster Besuchsort im Sinne des Ökotourismus würde ich Ihnen empfehlen den Baikalsee zu besuchen. Der Baikalsee ist einer der größten Seen auf dem Planeten und auch der tiefste (1.637 m) und der älteste (25.000.000 Jahre) See.

    Der am meisten besuchte Ort am Baikalsee ist Listwjanka, der nur 45 Autominuten von Irkutsk entfernt ist. Jedenfalls würde ich Ihnen auch raten, zuerst nach der Stadt Irkutsk anzureisen und von dort Baikalsee-Rundreisen zu unternehmen, wie zum Beispiel nach Listwjanka, Olchon, Talzy und Baikalsee-Buchten.

    Es gibt eine große Auswahl an Anbietern für solche Reisen nach Russland, die ehrlich gesagt nicht ganz billig sind, woran man als ein Ökotourist nicht wirklich denkt. Ein Leistungs-Preis-Verhältnis lohnt es sich aber!

    Hier sind einige Links, die Ihnen hoffentlich behilflich sein könnten:

    Reisen zum Baikalsee: http://www.sputnik-travel-berlin.de/baikalsee-reisen.php

    Die Sibirien Segeltouren: http://www.transsibirische-eisenbahn.de/sibirien-segeltouren/

    Die Stadt Irkutsk: http://www.planet-wissen.de/kultur/asien/sibirien/pwieirkutskundderbaikalsee100.html

    Das Städtchen Listwjanka: https://de.rbth.com/reisen/2014/01/28/listwjanka_kleine_perle_des_baikalsees_27837

    Die Insel der Schamanen Olchon: https://de.rbth.com/reisen/2013/06/08/olchon_insel_der_schamanen_im_baikalsee_24161

    Die Sandbucht Pestschanaja: http://www.baikal-reisen.com/baikalsee_unterkuenfte_bucht_pestschanaja_ferienanlage.html

    Das Kleine Meer - Maloe More: http://www.baikal-reisen.com/maloe_more_urlaub.html

    Viel Spaß, Bewegung und gesundes Leben am Baikalsee in Russland!

    Live Stylish!
    Stay Healthy!
    Eat Organic!
    Be Natural!