Explore Cold East Siberia in Russia
Though East Siberia has suffered a somewhat 'checkered' past, it is an amazing and largely untouched area with a lot to offer. East Siberia is composed of Buryat Republic, Irkutsk Oblast, the Republic of Khakassia, Krasnoyarsk Krai, the Tuva Republic and Zabaykalsky Krai.
Due to the harsh climate in East Siberia, development and population growth has been very limited. Most of the inhabitants of East Siberia live in the cities and are crowded into small apartments. Those who live in more rural areas have more spacious log houses. Despite the difficulties, East Siberia is by no means a no-man's land. An estimated 1.5 million people live in Novosibirsk alone! Here you will be able to find all the normal day-to-day activities that you would in any other city.
Though the climate is harsh in many parts of East Siberia, the region is massive and as such, has a variety of landscapes. Yes, here you will find tundra, but only in the extreme north of Siberia where temperatures can reach as low as -68 degrees Celsius in winter. You will also find swampy plains, heavily forested areas and mountains peaking above 3000 meters. In fact, the rich and mainly un-tapped natural resources of East Siberia are now being made use of for export and local use. The area is mineral rich and has oil fields, forests which provide timber and grasslands for farming. And though the winters are long and cold, East Siberia has been protected by its climate for eons, leaving it a largely un-spoilt natural beauty. You may not find being chased indoors is such a bad thing, because the diverse people who inhabit this region are largely friendly and welcoming. Traveling to East Siberia in Russia may just be the adventure of a lifetime.