Maslenitsa in Russia: Pouring on the Pancakes

Maslenitsa in Russia: Pouring on the Pancakes

Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, is a favorite holiday in Russia. Today it’s celebrated both as a pagan springtime rite and, similar to Carnival, a last fling before Lent prohibits all pleasurable things. In 2017, Maslenitsa is celebrated from February 20-26. 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


Russian “Hockey”: The World Championship of Bandy in Irkutsk

Russian “Hockey”: The World Championship of Bandy in Irkutsk

During the 2014 Winter Olympics, about 3,000 miles east of Sochi, teams from all around the world were gathering in Irkutsk, Siberia for the most important athletic competition of the year: the World Championship of Bandy. Read More


Chilly Cheer: Ice-fishing on Lake Baikal

Chilly Cheer: Ice-fishing on Lake Baikal

Not for the faint of heart, ice-fishing is a cold and sometimes lonely pursuit. But on Siberia’s Lake Baikal, it’s often a social activity – something to fill up the long dark hours of winter, as well as to fill up the larder with smoked Baikal omul. Read More


Luxury Winter Wonder Land: A Ride Across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Luxury Winter Wonder Land: A Ride Across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Glide across seven time zones by luxury train between Moscow and Vladivostok on the Trans-Siberian Winter Wonder Land rail journey by private train. This fascinating Russian odyssey features tours of nine locations, including the charming city of Suzdal in Western Russia's Golden Ring and Siberia's Lake Baikal. Relax in the comfort of Russia's most exclusive private train, the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. Enjoy a stop at Siberia's Lake Baikal. Frozen in winter, it is the perfect location to experience the thrill of an ice ride. Choose a speedy snowmobile ride or opt to ride a dog sled. Try your hand at ice fishing and enjoy the freshly caught fish quick-smoked in a mobile smokehouse and served warm – delicious! Read More



Celebrating New Year’s in Russia: St Petersburg

Celebrating New Year’s in Russia: St Petersburg

The Director of MIR’s St. Petersburg affiliate office, Katya Boyarskaya, is a native of St.Petersburg, a city that – along with the entire country – loves to celebrate New Year’s. Katya does, too. We asked her to share some of her favorite holiday memories and tips. Read More


MIR in the News: Articles about Experiencing Holiday Traditions in Poland, Russia and more

MIR in the News: Articles about Experiencing Holiday Traditions in Poland, Russia and more

MIR’s winter tours celebrate a great time of year to travel to some of MIR’s snowy destinations, with all the beauty of the season and its holidays – and no waiting in line. Here are some of MIR’s recent mentions in the press Read More


Frolic on a Frozen Lake Baikal: Dog Sleds, Ice-Fishing, Hovercrafts and More

Frolic on a Frozen Lake Baikal: Dog Sleds, Ice-Fishing, Hovercrafts and More

When you think of Siberia, you may think of punishment and exile, of barren tundra and vast expanses of nothingness - of a place of no return. But that's comparable to thinking that everybody in Alaska lives in igloos. Read More


Dashing Through the Snow: MIR Sleigh Rides (video)

Dashing Through the Snow: MIR Sleigh Rides (video)

From Finland to New England, horse-drawn sleighs are symbols of an earlier time when winter travel was more fun and adventurous than steering a four-wheel drive SUV over a paved road on studded snow tires. Read More