We arrived at the East coast of the enormous Onega Lake and my mind was blown away. That was just exactly what I dreamt to find in the Russian North: harsh and wild land, so scarcely populated that it might almost be called ‘virgin’, left and forgotten, and still beautiful in its decline.
Continue reading “Eastern Karelia – in the Heart of the Russian Wilderness”
…When we left Moscow at the end of August, it was burning hot. The city was glowing. Just 450 km north – or a one-night-long drive away – the temperature fell to 12 degrees and the sky was rainy and grey. But with every degree off the thermostat, the landscape around was getting more and more beautiful. The burned yellowish meadows turned to ankle-high wet green grass. Deep dark forests, lakes, swamps and seldom villages built of wood appeared behind the car’s window.
Continue reading “Vologda Region – Russia’s Hidden Gem”
We had an epic time on our road trip to the Arctic Circle, exploring the northern wilderness in the European part of Russia: Karelia and the Kola Peninsular. This part of the world has everything we are fond of: pristine nature and it is far off the beaten path. There is room for both peaceful contemplation and wild adventure.
We are up to summarize our experiences into a series of articles. Maybe it will inspire you to put the Russian North on your bucket list or if it’s already in your plans, our stories might provide you with some travel tips and a sample itinerary.
This first post is devoted to the things we learned on this trip: some of them were more or less expected others got us by surprise!
Continue reading “10 Lessons Learned from Our Road Trip to the Arctic Circle and Beyond – in Russia”
In this post, we reveal the best place to cross the Ukrainian border at Malyi Bereznyi, speak of our travel arrangements in Slovakia and Poland and close the Chapter of our Berlin to Georgia trip.
Continue reading “Berlin to Georgia – Day 44 – 45: Ukraine – Slovakia – Poland – Berlin”
Driving toward the border we were pulled over by the Ukrainian traffic police. The officers wanted us to bribe them.
Continue reading “A Survival Guide: What to Do If You Get Stopped by the Ukrainian Police”
In this chapter, we try to do some off-roading in a land made of off-road roads and it turns out to be harder than one may think! On the other hand, our path crossed with that of a bear’s.
Continue reading “Berlin to Georgia – Day 42 – 43: The Carpathians”
Finally, we left Kiev and in this chapter, we speak of the sights of Podil in the west of Ukraine and about getting there.
Continue reading “Berlin to Georgia – Day 39 – 41: Podil, Ukraine”
Kiev has a laid-back vibe which I suppose is a nice for a big busy city – there is lots of parks and benches to chill out, the large churchyards and monasteries also help create some quiet places. We spent a week in Kiev and certainly enjoyed our time! Now, we compiled a list of our favourite places and experiences that may help you plan your stay in Kiev and not to miss the best of it! Continue reading “Berlin to Georgia – Day 34-39: Kiev”
A part of our roadrip through the Balkans, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe with an old army LR Defender was actually a seaway from Poti, Georgia, to Chernomorsk, Ukraine.
Arriving on Saturday wasn’t the most fortunate time to organize a ferry from Poti to Chernomorsk. Still, research had to be done and it turned out there were two ferries going to Chernomorsk within the next two days.
Continue reading “Berlin to Georgia – Day 29-34: The ferry from Poti to Chernomorsk”
Ureki beach on the Black Sea coast in Georgia might be one of the nicest beaches near Poti…
Continue reading “Berlin to Georgia – Day 29: Poti, Georgia”