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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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Moscow, Russia – Guide to the Red City

Moscow, Russia

I am not sure what it is, maybe it is the incredible architecture, the colorful domed churches or the massive Soviet monuments, but after all these years dreaming of traveling to Moscow, I finally made it. Entering the Red Square and walking across to the Kremlin was an epic milestone for me, the country with one of the hardest most expensive visas to obtain for westerners and I was finally here. Although I have been many places, Moscow is now on my list of top favorite cities. Do as the Muscovite’s do, down a vodka, enjoy the best of Russian cuisine and get lost in one of the worlds great cities! This is Moscow, Russia, nothing will prepare you for how amazing it really is!

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Exploring the Radio Active Chernobyl Exclusion Zone – Ukraine

Chernobyl, Ukraine

Equipped with my Geiger counter I ventured deep into Chernobyl’s “Zone”. Every so often I would enter a room and the Geiger would alert that Radiation levels are dangerously high. This is a trip like no other I have undertaken before. It’s otherworldly, wandering the apocalyptic lands between radioactive forests, massive power plants, desolate villages, and dilapidated cities. Those who wander the area as they please are known as “stalkers” by locals. As a stalker, you have absolute freedom to explore this world’s end. I had been in search of a unique travel experience and becoming a nuclear disaster explorer has been nothing short of amazing! Grab a Geiger detector and gas mask and join me as I venture deeper into the Chernobyl disaster zone!

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Top 10 Activities to do in Iceland

In a martian-like landscape where the weather changes instantaneously and the pure vastness of the place makes it seem as if you will never see enough, you may be thinking “Where do I start?”. Well lucky for you we have created a list of activities and the companies we used so that you can see as much of this magical place in the most fun and adventurous ways possible. 

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