Doug’s Travel Picks: 13 Favorite Things to Do at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

Doug’s Travel Picks: 13 Favorite Things to Do at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

I first made it to Siberia’s Lake Baikal in the 1980s, when it was even more of a sparsely-populated backwater than it is today. I’ve seen it in all seasons, and I enjoy finding fun and challenging things to do whenever I touch down on either side of the deepest, oldest lake on earth. With a list that includes dog-sledding, ice-fishing, hiking the Great Baikal Trail, and barbecuing on the lake shore, my favorite things can be duplicated by any MIR traveler who wants to experience the best of Siberia. 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


Undiscovered Siberia: A Riverboat Trip on the Yenesei

Undiscovered Siberia: A Riverboat Trip on the Yenesei

In the summer of 2001, my travel companions and I were on a one-time custom-made tour that MIR had put together, partnering with people from a USDA program affiliate called Project Aid Siberia (PAS), now defunct. We were to ride along as PAS workers motored down the Yenesei, delivering cartons of food aid to the remote Siberian villages along the shores – not an easy job. Read More