Siberia is a place of extreme and evocative landscapes. A place of contradictions, where the winters are frozen with snow filled days, yet the warm hospitality and cosy wooden cabins make you feel at home. Where the landscape is so vast that it feels almost infinite, yet you have the urge to explore every corner of this beautiful region.
I heard that G.W.F Hegel once said nothing happens in Siberia. Well, Sir, I will have to disagree with that! There are an abundance of adventures to be had in Siberia; pristine landscapes to be explored and different cultures to be discovered.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Altai Mountains with Follow Up Siberia, a cross-cultural digital project sponsored by Nornickel and Euronews that is showcasing what this region has to offer in the lead up to the 2019 Winter Universiade, which will be held in Krasnoyarsk.
I want to share some images of this incredible destination that will challenge any preconceived notions you have about what Siberia is like and have you eager to book the first flight there (which isn’t even that far from Moscow, really).
Is this what you expected to see in Siberia? Of course, I visited in winter, so it meets the snowy stereotype but it actually wasn’t that cold during our trip. I had never imagined Siberia to be so beautiful, very naive of me given how expansive this region is – it offers a multitude of remarkable landscapes.
Here is an additional drone shot to enjoy!