We camped the night at Baikal, and were happy we did not need to walk in the morning. Our arranged transport from the park service was supposed to arrive at noon, but arrived closer to 9:30. We had to scramble
Everyone was somewhat broken down after the rugged walk on day 2. We woke up a little slower this day and took the opportunity to clean up in the river near camp. We didn’t stay too long, as we were
The first night at camp was an excellent experience. The sun low and the air was cooling when we began assembling our tents. Thankfully there was not much wind as we started a fire, cooked our meals, and enjoyed our
After spending the night in Ulan-Ude, we piled into Misha’s father’s car and drove 5 hours to Ust-Barguzin. Misha’s cousin Nina was arriving at Ust-Barguzin by bus, so we relaxed for a bit until she arrived. The first issue began
We met up with Misha, our host, guide, and friend, and got onto a flight from Moscow to Ulan-Ude. An overnight 8 hour of flight, and 5 time zones later, we landed in Ulan-Ude. Misha’s father was there to pick
Anthony and I flew into Moscow, and landed in the afternoon. We took the train out of the airport and into town. When the tram failed to arrive, we made our way by foot to our host’s apartment. After settling
Our second day trip outside of Reykjavik was to the East along a route known as The Golden Circle. This trip encounters many of the natural features commonly associated with Iceland: enormous geysers, spectacular waterfalls, tectonic rifts, and geothermal power.
Our third day trip involved traveling south of Reykjavik along what is called the South Coast tour. Highlights include expansive black sand beaches, epic waterfalls, a DC-3 plane crash site, volcanoes, and puffins!
Our first excursion outside of Reykjavik was into the western area known as the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The region is full of fjords, mountains, volcanic peaks, and cliffs, most of which were covered in a low cloud layer. I would have