Russia is the largest country in the world, and is the first superpower. It was first in placing a man space and won the space race. It is also the ninth largest in population, and has the largest of natural resources, including oil. It spreads across a mind-boggling number of time zones, nine to be exact. It also has one of the most diverse landmasses.
Because of the vastness of the country, the weather and the climactic conditions also vary greatly. From almost Arctic climate in the North to the subtropical climate in the coastal areas of the Black Sea in the South, Russia is a land of contrasts. As much of the country is inland, the temperatures vary greatly. Summers are hot and winters are cold, with spring and autumn being short transitional periods between extremes.
Russia is a land of contrasts in other ways too. It has a rich past with Kings and Queens and amazing riches, until the Romanovs were killed in the Russian Revolution in 1917, and the Communists took over. In the late nineteen eighties, the socialist system crumbled, and disintegrated, leading to as many as 15 independent countries emerging. This kind of recent turmoil makes for an interesting place to visit, even if you are looking for cheap travel deals. In places like the Tier II cities and other places like the Baikal Lake or the Valley of Geysers which are full or natural wonders, you can enjoy yourself without spending much. These places are off the beaten track and so have much more reasonably priced hotels. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world, and holds 20% of the world’s fresh water supply.
These weird shaped ice blocks, called ice hummocks are formed by the extreme weather conditions and the wind; the ice glows when the sun hits it, and is called a snow glow. Sometimes these hummocks can reach a height of 50 feet, standing majestic. The lake is believed to be 25 million years old, and is a UNESCO Heritage site. What more can you ask for a memorable holiday?
The Valley of Geysers
The valley of geysers is a six kilometer stretch of natural geysers, and is the second largest natural geyser in the world. It is also a UNESCO Heritage site, and is worth a visit. There are plenty of beautiful places to visit in Russia. Just make sure you are travelling with someone who is either familiar with the place or can speak the language, so that your trip is memorable for all the right reasons!