Siberia & Russian Far East in February
October to April and it is the very long, cold and dry winter in Siberia, a vast Russian region taking in tall mountains, clear lakes, charming cities, and even sandy deserts. In Irkutsk, the region's capital, the coldest month is January when temperatures are between minus 23 and minus 13 °C (minus 8.5- minus 9.5 °F). Not bad considering Siberia's northernmost city Norilsk usually has lows of minus 35 °C (minus 31 °F) at this time. By April temperatures in Irkutsk have risen to between minus 3 and 9 °c (27-48 °F), not warm enough to take your coat off, but not nearly bone-crunchingly cold as peak winter. The intense cold, however, does not mean it is not a good time to visit, just that you need to be prepared. High quality deep-winter clothes go without saying. In fact, winter is a great times to visit Siberia for all manner of pursuits. February is the best time for tracking Siberian tigers as it is when their tracks are most visible in the snow, and they wander further out to find food. For those that want to try their hand at ice fishing, a few days ice skating, or perhaps ride a Russian hovercraft, Siberia's breathtaking Lake Baikal in winter is the time and place to do it.
As the waters of Lake Baikal sparkle with ice, the cooler months in this region reveal a true Siberian winter wonderland. Enjoy every comfort, delicacy and delight in a whirlwind of authentic cuisine, steaming drinks, stunning scenery and cultural experiences against a backdrop of glittering snow and ice.
- 7 days / 6 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $6,300
Escape the crowds and explore Siberia in the harshest, but arguably most rewarding, season, with a scenic winter route along the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway. This 11-day tour of Siberian highlights is designed specifically with the cooler months in mind - ideal for those looking for a winter wonderland escape.
- 11 days / 10 nights
- Price Per Person
- From $9,300
Recommended Festivals For Siberia & Russian Far East in February
Held in Irkutsk every March, the International Baikal Nordic Games festival includes cultural events, meetings, outdoor challenges and sport competitions. The games are hosted in the spirit of international competition, celebrating winter sports, and offers competitors the unique opportunity to race across the frozen ice surface of the world’s largest and deepest lake.
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Whether it’s the frozen ice sheets of Baikal or the Flaming Cliffs of the Gobi, Mongolia and Siberia offer travelers a chance to get close to mother nature and far from everything else.
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