Arkhangelsk International Tourist Forum

Arkhangelsk International Tourist Forum “Nordic Vector in Tourism Development”, 18–19 of June 2013, Arkhangelsk

(P.S. для скептиков. Я бы все-таки посматривала на такие вещи, хотя бы интернетно. На то, кто принимает участие из аборигенов и буржуев, и чего вообще происходит. Например, они там хотят обсуждать открытие ранее закрытых для иностранцев портов, введение безвизового режима и проч.приятные вещи)


Shipping things from Moscow to the North of Russia

SeverTrans ( has been recommended to us by the Kandalaksha people as a cheap and reliable company that serves the northern direction (the cities covered are listed below), and today we brought 100kg of household stuff to their Mytishi (just north-east from Moscow, Yaroslavl road), and for 1000 roubles ($33) they undertook to deliver it to Kandalaksha.

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Around USSR borders on a bike

Here is a story about a 1928-1931 trip along the USSR borders by Glebe Travin. Too bad it is only in Russian. If nothing else enjoy photos. The story itself contains vivid descriptions of dangers awaiting a solo arctic traveller.

An overview:

A.A. Kharitanovksy, A man with an iron deer:

Vokrug Sveta (Around the World), No. 11, 1975:


Another travelogue

This tortured soul operates a hostel in Odessa, which is almost as bad as running a full cycle traveller support service in Moscow as I do, and if it wasn’t enough he compulsively drives though less hospitable regions of Russia, including the northern parts, in a truck that can at best be used for a beer run to the nearest town. Read about his adventures and misadventures at For his trips this travel maso inevitably picks winter too. Recommended reading if you are contemplating travel in the Former Soviet Union space in the Russian Misery Travel (c) mode.