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Adventure Travel

Life in Isolation – the World’s Northernmost City

ISOLATION SPECIAL – NORILSK, SIBERIA. With many of us experiencing life in isolation for the first time, we’re turning our attention to those far flung places where people live solitary lives all year long. In this edition we’re heading into the remote Siberian winter to explore the world’s northernmost city, […]

Abandoned Places

Pripyat’s Forgotten Football Team

Hidden somewhere in Ukraine is a perfect rectangular forest of trees. If you stand in the middle, it seems like a normal, overgrown forest of pine, fir and silver birch trees, all around thirty feet tall. It is only the peculiar straight edges of the forest, just over a hundred […]

Abandoned Places

The Ruined Russian Palace Abandoned by the KGB

Walk through the misty forests surrounding the small village of Semenvskoe, fifty miles west of Moscow, and you’ll stumble upon the crumbling ruins of a once beautiful palace. The sapling trees give way to overgrown sunken gardens, the remnants of a boating lake, and empty flowerbeds. Explore further and you’ll […]

Abandoned Places

The Last Relics of Imperial Russia

All over Russia, in the distant corners of the vast country, lie the ruins and remnants of an older way of life; grand, ornate churches, whose spires and onion shaped domes soar over the rural landscape; small family cottages, often beautifully painted in bright reds, oranges and greens, and decorated […]

Abandoned Places

Ghosts of the Soviet Union

In a land as vast as Russia, one wonders what abandoned places are lying out there waiting to be discovered. There are stories of entire mining towns in Siberia that have been left completely deserted, or fields filled with Soviet-era aircraft and tanks, simply left to rust. In little visited […]