Enjoying the Russian Winter

Russia is infamous for its winters. It always has been. The cold and snow contributed to both Napoleon’s and Hitler’s defeat in their invasions of Russia.

The farther north you go, the more brutal and constant the winter is.  The 1905 painting by Igor Grabar, entitled The Frost, shows how much the snow is all-encompassing. The northern city of Norilsk is covered by snow up to 270 days a year, and could reach temperatures as low as negative 63 degrees F (negative 53 degrees C). Varlam Shalanov (d. 1982), a Russian poet, once wrote, “Snow keeps falling night and day – some god, now turned more strict, is sweeping out from his domain scraps of his old manuscript.” Snow and winter are just as much part of Russian culture as anything else.

Igor Grabar, “The Frost”, 1905


But don’t let me scare you!

With such dangers and risk come new opportunities for adventure!

Russia Beyond the Headlines has an article of five activities you can enjoy this time of year, just in case you wanted to experience the winter season first hand. This includes, but of course is not limited to, seeing the Northern Lights in Khatanga, riding through the Ural Mountains in a sleigh, see the ice-covered grottos in Lake Baikal, and others.

Check out the link above for more examples that go into greater detail.

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