Why Is Yakutsk, One of the Coldest Cities on Earth, the Next Hot Destination?

Why Is Yakutsk, One of the Coldest Cities on Earth, the Next Hot Destination?

Yakutsk is one of the coldest big cities on earth – so cold it’s entirely built on permafrost. Most of its buildings are on pylons or stilts, made of wood or concrete, so they won’t melt the permafrost. Lisa Peterson, MIR Private Journeys Specialist, traveled to this land of extremes on a summer trip. She knew it would be a lark, but it also turned out to be seriously cool. Read More


Doug’s Travel Picks: 8 Places to Visit in 2018

Doug’s Travel Picks: 8 Places to Visit in 2018

I’ve explored all of MIR’s destinations – some more than 100 times – and yet there’s always something new to discover in each one. Here are my recommendations, ranging from the wild Arctic seas to the depths of space, and from remote Russia to the booming capital of Kazakhstan – and many intriguing places in between. Read More