Siberia & Russian Far East in January
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.
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