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Watch ยป The Icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean

This video was shot in the Arctic Ocean in March 2018.

For 7 days the crew passed through the Barents Sea to Karsky around the Novaya Zemlya archipelago on the nuclear icebreaker Yamal. They witnessed the northern lights, polar bears, watched the ships stuck in the ice being towed, and were very cold.

In the video you can see two Russian icebreakers – โ€œ50 Years of Victoryโ€ and โ€œYamalโ€ with a capacity of 75,000 horsepower.

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Watch Noraly from ItchyBoots.com Travel Through Russia as She Rides Around The World

We last connected with Noraly riding through Kazakhstan. With this video series we follow her progress in Russia on her way to Georgia.

Ep. 92 โ€“ Riding from Atyrau, Crossing into Russia, and Riding onto Astrakhan
Noraly rides here last 300km in Kazakstan, across rough roads to the Russian border. And then rides onto Astrakhan.

Ep. 93 โ€“ Riding 300 km from Astrakhan to Elista

Ep. 94 โ€“ Riding from Elista to Stavropol
Noraly passes through a police check stop.

Ep. 95 โ€“ Noraly heads towards the Georgian border
Her transit visa is running out.

Follow Noraly as she continues her adventure with riding through Georgia.

The Turtle Expedition – Russia

Gary and Monica achieved their goal of driving overland across Euroasia from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans.

Read about Gary and Monica Wescottโ€™s overland adventures through Russia in November 2014:

Russia #4 โ€“ Arriving in Vladivostok

Russia #3 โ€“ Crossing Siberia 2 โ€“ Chita to Khabarovsk

Russia #2 โ€“ Crossing Siberia 1 โ€“ Rubtsovsk to Chita

Russia #1 โ€“ Arriving in Siberia

Watch: How to start a Land Cruiser at -35 deg in Siberia

Watch: Running For Help After Getting Stuck In A Siberian River

From Landcrusing Adventure:

In this short film Coen is running for help after getting the Land Cruiser stuck in a shallow river on the Siberian plains in Russia.

Landcruising Adventure: Travel Guide for Overlanding in Russia

In this updated travel guide, Coen and Karin-Marijke of Landcruising Adventure provide some advice for travel in eastern Russia.

  1. Why Eastern Russia
  2. Their Traveled Route in Russia
  3. Russian Language
  4. Who is Yuri
  5. Ferry Shipping from South Korea & Customs Clearance
  6. Vehicle Insurance
  7. Mobile Service / Sim Card / WiFi
  8. Roads in Russiaโ€™s Far East and Siberia
  9. Traffic Rules, Border Areas, and Police Checks
  10. Road Maps & (Guide) books about Russia
  11. A Word on Ticks
  12. Additional Travel Information Sources

Their guide is available here…

China will be the worldโ€™s top tourist destination by 2030

Chinese authorities have recognized that tourism is a key pillar of their economy, and they continue to invest heavily to improve infrastructure and standards, in addition to opening up the country with increasingly tourism-friendly policies and initiatives.

At the World Travel Market in London, Euromonitor Internationalโ€™s Head of Travel Caroline Bremner said: โ€œDestinations like China are poised for a successful performance in inbound tourism, with China set to overtake France as the leading destination worldwide by 2030.โ€

The report estimates there will be 127 million arrivals in China each year by the end of the next decade, compared to 126 million in France and 116 million in the US.

And as household incomes and standards of living continue to rise, more Chinese are predicted to be travelling overseas in the coming decade than any other nationality.

Read more at World Economic Forum

Watch: Tamara Lunger and Simone Moro Climbing North Hemisphere’s Coldest Peak, Pik Pobeda

From YouTube: Sakha is a region of highs, lows and little else. Itโ€™s home to Pik Pobeda, the highest mountain in Siberia, and where the lowest temperature in the Northern Hemisphere was recorded – a deadly -71.3C. Itโ€™s also the desolate and hostile landscape in which alpinists Tamara Lunger and Simone Moro found themselves in February 2018, preparing to attempt the first ever winter ascent of this 3003m frozen monolith.

Watch: Rusty Autumn Colours in Siberia

From Landcruising Adventure:

Driving in Siberia, Russia during autumn we see the colors of the trees change by the day. We get the drone out and show you some stunning places with absolutely gob-smacking colors.

These passports offer the most travel freedom

The Henley Passport Indexย is a ranking of the worldโ€™s passports according to the number of destinations their holders can access without first obtaining a visa.

Henley & Partnersย released this press release today:

Japan has overtaken Singapore to claim the top spot on the 2018 Henley Passport Index, having gained visa-free access to Myanmar this month. Japan now enjoys visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations, compared to Singaporeโ€™s total of 189. The countries have been neck and neck since they both climbed to 1st place in February, pushing Germany down to 2nd place for the first time since 2014.

Germany has now fallen further to 3rd place, which it shares with South Korea and France. Their nationals enjoy visa-free access to 188 countries. France moved up a place last Friday when it gained visa-free access to Uzbekistan. Iraq and Afghanistan continues to sit at the bottom (106th) of the Henley Passport Index โ€” based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association(IATA).

The US and the UK, both with 186 destinations, have slid down yet another spot โ€” from 4th to 5th place โ€” with neither having gained access to any new jurisdictions since the start of 2018. With stagnant outbound visa activity compared to Asian high-performers, it seems unlikely they will regain the number 1 spot they jointly held in 2015 any time soon.

In general, the UAE has made the most remarkable ascent on the Henley Passport Index, from 62nd place in 2006 to 21st place worldwide currently, and looking ahead, the most dramatic climb might come from Kosovo, which officially met all the criteria for visa-liberalization with the EU in July and is now in discussions with the European Council.

Russia received a boost in September when Taiwan announced a visa-waiver, but the country has nonetheless fallen from 46th to 47th place due to movements higher up the ranking. The same is true of China: Chinese nationals obtained access to two new jurisdictions (St.ย Lucia and Myanmar), but the Chinese passport fell two places, to 71st overall.

Dr. Christian H. Kรคlin, Group Chairman of Henley & Partners, says countries with citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programs all fall within the top 50 of the Henley Passport Index. Newcomer Moldova, which is due to launch its CBI program in November, has climbed 20 places since 2008. โ€œThe travel freedom that comes with a second passport is significant, while the economic and societal value that CBI programs generate for host countries can be transformative,โ€ says Dr. Kรคlin.

The top countries are:

1. Japan (190 countries)

2. Singapore (189 countries)

3. Germany (188 countries)

4. (Tied) France,ย South Korea,ย Denmark,ย Finland,ย Italy, Sweden, Spain (187 countries)

5. (Tied) Norway, United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, USA (186 countries)

6. (Tied) Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Ireland (185 countries)

7. (Tied) Australia, Greece, Malta (183 countries)

8. (Tied) New Zealand, Czech Republic (182 countries)

9. Iceland (181 countries)

10. (Tied) Hungary, Slovenia, Malaysia (180 countries)

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