Welcome to Vologda

Until the 17th century, Vologda was an important centre of industry, commerce and arts, with Vologda lace becoming renowned as a luxury item. However, with the development of St Petersburg, Vologda was pushed into the background. At the start of the 20th century, political undesirables such as Josef Stalin and religious philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev were exiled here. Nonetheless, for just a few months in 1918, Vologda became the diplomatic capital of Russia, and today this laid-back, church-studded city is a great base for exploring the region.

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Ice Cave tour

Highlights • Ice caves with frozen waterfalls, rivers, crystals, and snow shapes • Pristine taiga forests of the Pinega National Park • Cold, snow and ice of the real Russian winter • Many-days road tripping from Moscow to the Russian North • Ice crossing of 3-km width of the North Dvina river • Real Russian countryside "off the beaten" tracks • Exotic Northern lights experience • Local life of the traditional Russian village • Unique museum of wooden architecture • Abandoned villages, building, and ancient churches. ITINERARY DAY 1 • Arriving in Moscow • Walking tour of Moscow City Center. • Pub-crawl.  DAY 2 • Up nice and early to get aboard our authentic Soviet van. • Stop at the Sergiev Posad town, a popular tourist location and the spiritual home of the Russian Orthodox Church. • Stop at the Rostov town famous for its beautiful scenery with numerous churches. • Stop at the Yaroslavl city famous for its historic city center that was inscribed onto the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. • Stop at the Vologda town for the night. DAY 3 • Road tripping to the Pinega town (another 800 km from Vologda). Enjoying the beer and the conversation while driving rural highways and stopping at the roadside cafes to see local life and taste local food. Just Russia as it is with vast tracts of virgin forests and rare towns. • The crossing of 3-km width North Dvina River by ice (it's the official road). • 100 km of slow driving by slippery, bumpy, and winding winter road. Russian winter, Bible black and billions of stars will surround us in the middle of the empty Northern Wilderness pushing our minds to all kinds of philosophical thoughts. • Arriving in Pinega. DAY 4-5 • Visiting first ice caves • 3-hours of snowmobile driving through taiga forests to the Cave • Russian traditional bathhouse DAY 6-9 • 12 km off-roading through taiga forest to find a very small wooden house without even the slightest facilities. • Next three days we will live in the middle of the taiga surrounded by millions of amazing caves and virgin forests. Be ready for trekking and hiking on  DAY 10 • Moving back from the Taiga. The road to Archangelsk includes visiting the unique Museum of Wooden architecture «Malye Karely». Departure by train or by plane.