Cruise the North Pole: The Ultimate Journey on Top of the World

Cruise the North Pole: The Ultimate Journey on Top of the World

For hundreds of years, travel to the North Pole represented the pinnacle of pioneering endeavors. This remote, icy realm on top of the world stirred the hearts and minds of countless adventurers, daring them to discover the vast wilderness of the Arctic North. Even today, many consider the chance to reach 90ºN as an astounding travel achievement worthy of adding to their bucket lists. Now you can be one of the few to experience life at its most mysterious on MIR's once-in-a-lifetime voyage to the North Pole. Retrace the path of early polar explorers as you cruise aboard the world’s largest icebreaker, keeping a lookout for the astonishing array of wildlife in the Arctic and enjoying fantastic views of an endless, frozen icescape. Read More



Six Reasons a Three-Year Multi-Entry Russian Visa is Right for You

Six Reasons a Three-Year Multi-Entry Russian Visa is Right for You

A little gets you a lot when it comes to Russian visas, but a little more gets you a lot more when it comes to a unique visa that not everyone knows about – the best-value, extremely generous, three-year validity, multi-entry, stay half-a-year-at-a-time visa that the Russian Embassy currently offers. Interested? Here’s what you need to know… Read More


Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy an Unconventional Winter in Russia, Poland & Europe

Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy an Unconventional Winter in Russia, Poland & Europe

Remarkable Russia, Poland, and the fascinating countries of Central Europe are wonderful destinations to visit during the height of summer, when sun-drenched climes, al fresco dining, and fantastic festivals are in full swing. But those willing to brave the chill and travel here in the winter months are often rewarded with magnificent marvels and unconventional experiences all their own. Make this the year you celebrate an unconventional and adventurous winter holiday with MIR. With more than 30 years of specialty travel experience, we know how to do winter right in Russia, Poland, Central Europe, and beyond. Read More


Cruise Franz Josef Land: Discover the Wild Arctic Under the Midnight Sun

Cruise Franz Josef Land: Discover the Wild Arctic Under the Midnight Sun

Be one of the few people in the world to cruise the luminous world of the Midnight Sun as it hovers over the Arctic Circle on this one-time-only tour. If this experience is on your Bucket List (and if it’s not, it should be), cross it off with a flourish on MIR’s Special Journey to Remote Franz Josef Land. Located far above the Arctic Circle, some 470 miles away from the Eurasian mainland, the 191 islands that make up Franz Josef Land are some of the most secluded and under-explored locales on earth. Space is filling fast on the one-time-only 2018 departure. Read More


One-Time-Only Tour: Cruising the Remote Ob River in Siberia

One-Time-Only Tour: Cruising the Remote Ob River in Siberia

Russia is a country so vast that there are still little Russian river towns that few outsiders have ever heard of, let alone visited. MIR, in conjunction with renowned world traveler and Tour Leader Bill Altaffer, has handcrafted a one-time-only river cruise itinerary that explores some of these remote Russian locales: Ob River Cruise to the Arctic Circle. Read More


Choose Your Arctic Circle Adventure: Summer White Nights or Winter Northern Lights

Choose Your Arctic Circle Adventure: Summer White Nights or Winter Northern Lights

The lands north of the Arctic Circle are a remarkable study in contrasts. Winters this far north bring long nights, yet offer plenty of festive, frosty cheer. Summertime answers with 24 hours of luminous daylight, luring exuberant throngs of people outdoors. Regardless of when you visit, the changes in seasons allow travelers to see these lands at their most beautiful, whether under a blanket of fresh snowfall, or in full color during the few brief weeks of “White Nights.” They’re also among the few places where you can witness two of the earth’s most photogenic phenomena: the Northern Lights in winter and the Midnight Sun in summer. Now travelers can rendezvous with these celestial sights and more on two luxury rail journeys by private train or one exciting expedition by icebreaker. Whether you’re a polar explorer or a sun-worshipper, a craver of culture or an adventurer, you’re bound to experience something decidedly different as you make your way beyond the Arctic Circle. Read More


The Coolest Hotel on the Edge of the World: Kirkenes’ Snow Hotel

The Coolest Hotel on the Edge of the World: Kirkenes’ Snow Hotel

You can take an exhilarating snowmobile ride, race teams of sled dogs, fish for king crab and, given the town’s near-perfect northern location and dry subarctic climate, catch a glimpse of the beautiful phenomenon known as the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis. And for unusual experiences like this, you need an equally unusual hotel to top everything off. That’s where the world’s coolest hotel comes in: the Snow Hotel. Read More


Tour Remote Villages of Western Russia with One of the World’s Most Traveled People

Tour Remote Villages of Western Russia with One of the World’s Most Traveled People

When the world’s 5th Most Traveled Person, Bill Altaffer, plans a trip to Russia, you can be sure it won’t be run-of-the-mill, and will most likely feature places you’ve never heard of. He and his company, Expedition Photo Travel, have been partnering with MIR since 2005, putting together custom itineraries that feature destinations like Tuva, remote Sakhalin Island, the world's largest city built on permafrost (Yakutsk), the Soviet Hero Cities of WWII, and Birobidzhan, capital of Siberia’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast. Read More


Northern Lights in Luxury: Arctic Circle by Private Train

Northern Lights in Luxury: Arctic Circle by Private Train

Imagine indulging in caviar and champagne as you travel aboard a deluxe private train barreling through Russia toward the Arctic Circle for a rendezvous with Aurora Borealis. This romantic and festive evening is included in MIR’s new rail journey by private train, Arctic Explorer: Quest for the Northern Lights. Read More