St. Petersburg and Siberia: Two Very Different Regions
Russia is a huge country with a total of 11 time zones, spanning from Kaliningrad to the eastern most part of Chukotka. Russia’s population exceeds over 140 million people with a myriad of different cultures and traditions.
St. Petersburg and Siberia, despite their obvious differences in terms of where they are situated in Russia, have one thing in common: weather.
From the reindeer herds of Kamchatcka to the oldest and deepest lakes on Earth, both St. Petersburg and Siberia have their own superlatives in the form of their climate. According to records, January’s temperatures averages −20 °C in Siberia, and St. Petersburg can get to as low as -25°C at winter.
Siberia is a vast Russian province encompassing most of Northern Asia, covered in forests and mountainous regions that include Altai, Verkhoyansk, and Ural. Lake Baikal in the south is the world’s deepest lake, surrounded by the famous hiking paths ‘The Great Baikal Trail’. The trans-Siberian Railway passes Baikal on its way between Moscow and the Sea of Japan. Siberia is very different to St. Petersburg. The expanse generally attracts people wanting to test their mettle against the icy climate of this unforgiving region.
It is because of the harshness of Siberia’s weather that it’s almost always depicted in the media as a snow-covered region. In fact, Siberia’s weather is so popular that Syberia a game available on Steam was patterned after the place’s fearsome weather. Additionally, the casual title Siberian Storm, which is being featured by the slots gaming channel Slingo, was also developed in its honour, and the name itself serves as a reminder of the region’s severe winters. When it comes to the mainstream media shining a light on Siberia it always brings to the fore the realisation it has the harshest of environments in stark comparison the urbanity of St. Petersburg. But that certainly shouldn’t put people off looking at Siberia as a viable tourist destination.
Apart from Lake Baikal, Siberia is also home to Novosibirsk Zoo, which is a world-renowned scientific institution as well as a popular tourist attraction. The zoo has over 11,000 animals, which cover over 738 species, and it is an advocate of many different programs which help endangered species.
Tomskaya Pisanitsa Museum is also located in Siberia, which is an open-air museum famous for its 280 petroglyphs dating from 4000–1000 BC. Its exhibitions also include reconstructions of the ancient Russian dwellings, as well as cultural artifacts from the Shors people.
There are plenty of places in St. Petersburg where tourists can go to, and Petersburg4u has that covered. But for those who are wishing to extend their stay in Mother Russia, Siberia is a great place to experience something entirely different, especially those who welcome the cold weather with open arms.