Trans-Siberian Winter Photo Gallery
Winter can be a magical time for Trans-Siberian tours as you get to see Siberia just as it looks in the imagination, a land of snow and ice, log cabins and frozen lakes. In fact for many people a winter Trans-Siberian tour is the preferred option to make the most of this very Russian time of year.
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Highlights of Winter Along the Trans-Siberian
★ DOGSLEDDING IN EKATERINBURG
Ekaterinburg is a great stop off spot for the long journey from Moscow to Irkutsk. This is even more the case in winter when there are countless winter activities to get involved in.
★ ST PETERSBURG IN WINTER
St Petersburg is undoubtedly the most beautiful city in Russia and takes on an almost fairytale like quality once the snows have fallen.
★ RARING TO GO IN THE URAL MOUNTAINS
Don’t worry about the dogs, they’ll be even more keen to start than you are! This is the weather they live for!
★ ICE FISHING NEAR EKATERINBURG
A big winter activity for visitors and locals alike and one of many activities that are available in the winter in Ekaterinburg.
★ SNOWED IN
Sometimes the snow can be pretty heavy so it’s best not to leave your car in the same spot for too long!
Lake Baikal and the chance to ride a bike on the ice
★ PORT BAIKAL NEAR IRKUTSK
Even the old Ice breaker that has been here for many years has been frozen in. It’s easy to forget how hot it is here only a few months before.
★ MOUNTAIN BIKING ON LAKE BAIKAL
Lake Baikal may contain more freshwater than any other Continental Lake but the winter temperatures ensure it is completely frozen in the winter and it is possible to cross by mountain bike.
★ WINTER STOP ON THE TRANS-SIBERIAN
Just because it is sub zero outside, it doesn’t stop the platform breaks being a chance to socialize or to stock up on some local produce.
★ OLKHON ISLAND DURING A WINTER STORM
It’s hard to believe this was a lush green oasis only a few months before. You’ll need to make sure you have plenty of warm clothes for winter travel in Siberia.
★ A PARTIALLY FROZEN LAKE BAIKAL
The world’s largest lake by volume quickly begins to freeze over during the winter months. It will eventually be frozen completely, opening up a whole wealth of fun activities on the ice.
★ TRAIN PLATFORM CHAT
A couple of conductors catching up on one of the platform breaks. Be nice to your conductors and your journey on the Trans Siberian is likely to be much more enjoyable. They may not smile but the do look after you!
★ WHATEVER THE WEATHER
Whatever the weather there is one thing for sure – the trains will keep running. The Russians say there is no such thing as a late train on the Trans-Siberian and the winter is no exception.
★ MONGOLIAN GER CAMP IN WINTER
The Ger Camps stay open all year round and you’ll get to see just how cosy these homes can be. Cool in the Summer but equally snug and warm in winter they are as adaptable as the people who live in them.
★ THE HARBIN ICE FESTIVAL
One of the world’s greatest Ice & Snow Sculpture festivals make Harbin an unmissable stop if you are planning a trip in the winter. Every year it seems to somehow outdo the previous with sculptures on a epic scale.
★ HARBIN SNOW FESTIVAL
Whatever can be built in ice can be done in snow as well, prepare to be amazed by some of these jaw dropping sculptures.
★ THE GREAT WALL IN WINTER
Like so many of the sights you get the opportunity to see on the Trans Siberian, the Great Wall near Beijing is perhaps even more impressive covered in snow than it is in the summer.
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