Uncharted Backpacker

Author - Stephen Gollan

Hovercraft to Kizhi Island and Lake Onega, Russia

Kizhi Island, Russia

Hidden deep in Russia’s off the beaten track Republic of Karelia are the UNESCO churches on the Island of Kizhi. This is the real Russia, small remote wooden villages whose locals still primarily make a living from farming and hunting. Kizhi couldn’t feel further from Russia’s glitzy high life in the capital. Hopping aboard a Soviet-era hovercraft we blast across the frozen lake ice passing by these intriguing villages before the giant UNESCO wooden church towers emerge from the black forested island deep into Karelia’s wilds. This is the Russia I was looking for, the Russia many believe to be long gone! Welcome to Kizhi Island deep in the heart of remote Russia!

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Best Trips from Cusco – Peru’s Andean Wonderland

Peruvian Andes

Remote mountains of rainbow colors, high altitude lakes age-old Inca secrets, ancient hidden archaeological wonders and steamy jungles teeming with life are just some of the amazing sights outside of Cusco. I traveled this region for over a month in search of some of Peru’s most off the beaten track sights which are all still close to Cusco the capital of the Inca Empire. What I discovered was a culturally rich region with a plethora of amazing archaeological sights and climate zones that can change in the blink of an eye. This is the real Peru! The one we all dream of.

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Travels Final Frontier – Uummannaq, Greenland

Traveling to the furthest corner of the planet and living amongst Greenlandic Inuit hunters was one of the greatest adventures I have accomplished to date. Traversing the Arctic ice by dogsled I joined a hunting dogsled group into the wilds of Greenland to fish. hunt and experience this absolutely raw natural environment. Teaming up with Guide to Greenland we experienced something I can profoundly say might just be travels final frontier. Here is my video for this epic adventure! if you want to join along with the next expedition you can see it on Guide to Greenland website HERE

Orkhon Island and Lake Baikal, Siberia – Russia

Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

As far as the eye can see is frozen dark blue ice. It’s hard to believe that I am standing on a freshwater lake and not the ocean. Below my feet is some of the most attractive shades of blue I have ever seen and below that over 1km deep of lake. Nearby is Orkhon Island, an island wrapped in mystery and is said to be the heart of Baikal. The worlds deepest and oldest lake is home to 1/3rd of the worlds fresh water, it is also the spiritual home to the Buryat people. Descendants of Mongols, the Buryats are believers in Shamanistic traditions and are the protectors of Baikal. Only with their help were we able to venture this deep into the wilds of Siberia. The first day on the ice highways of Siberia’s, Lake Baikal and I couldn’t be more excited to see what lays ahead on this epic Russian adventure!

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