| Covering a region of over 12,800,000 sq km, Siberia contains unimaginably vast stretches of marshy forest (taiga). This ‘sleeping land’, the literal translation of its name, possesses over a million lakes, 53,000 rivers and an enormous wealth of natural resources. Even though the temperature in winter falls well below freezing point, the weather iduring summer can be very warm.
Tourism is less developed than other places in the Russian Federation and some parts are still not reachable. However, much of the region has been opened up, including the Chukchi Peninsula and Sakhalin Island just across the Bering Strait from Alaska. The taiga is easily reachable fromf many of the region’s cities. Air-hopping is also a way of discovering the wilderness. A more famous alternative is the Trans-Siberian Railway, the longest continuous railway in the world, a journey which is one of the greatest travel adventures. The line cuts through an area bigger than Western Europe, crossing a landscape which includes arctic wastes, steppe and tundra. The most scenic part of the journey is between Khabarovsk and Irkutsk.