This page was last updated Wed 27 January 2021.
This page lists all reports that for Russia including those that involve other countries too.
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All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.
|Eastern Caucasus: Through Chechnya and Dagestan to the Caspian Sea
tour started September 2019, submitted 6 November 2020
Ten years after I crossed the western Caucasus by bike, it was time to travel through the Muslim-influenced eastern part of the mountain range. The advantage of the belated completion: the autonomous republics of Chechnya and Dagestan presented themselves as relaxed travel countries, where the risk of terrorist attacks is no longer higher than in most major cities in the world...
|Chukotka: With Fatbike and Packraft to the end of the world...
tour started July 2018, submitted 6 November 2020
Chukotka is the most northeastern tip of Russia, just across from Alaska. Completely cut off from the road system of the rest of the country and under the strict regime of the Russian border guards, this part of the planet is as difficult to travel as hardly anyone else. Four years, I fought for a special permit to travel on my own to the felt end of the world - a privilege that only a few Western individual travellers had been granted. In the summer of 2018 I got the long awaited "Yes" and the way was finally cleared for an extraordinary expedition across the unpopulated inland - from the Kolyma swamps to the Bering Sea.
|North Yakutia with Fatbike: On ice roads into the Russian Arctic
tour started March 2017, submitted 6 November 2020
On so-called "Zimniks", the Russian winter roads over frozen rivers, lakes and swamps that only exists a few weeks, I went into the Russian Arctic for a third time in late winter 2017. After my first tours, which took me to the Polar Urals and Nenet tundra north of the Arctic circle, this time I went through one of the coldest areas of our planet: through Yakutia in eastern Siberia - with a finale on the ice of the frozen Arctic Ocean.
|In bicicletta da Klaipeda (Lituania) a Danzica (Polonia) attraverso Kaliningrad. Terza parteparte
tour started June 2019, submitted 2 December 2019
Essere di nuovo sul suolo europeo non fu un sollievo neppure una liberazione. Eravamo partiti per visitare questa parte di Russia e nonostante l’idea dei giorni precedenti che ci conduceva a pensare che il programma fosse stato al di sotto delle aspettative, stavamo maturando la sofferenza di aver terminato un programma piacevole, senza seccature fastidiose e con sufficienti particolari da ricordare.
In this last page we describe the itinerary through Frombork, and the arrival in Gdansk, a surprisingly beautiful city.
|In bicicletta da Klaipeda (Lituania) a Danzica (Polonia) attraverso Kaliningrad. Seconda parte
tour started June 2019, submitted 5 October 2019
Continua il racconto di un viaggio fino all'arrivo alla capitale Kaliningrad, una vera sorpresa per i protagonisti e lo sarà per voi. Cosa vedere, dove dormire, casa e dove mangiare. Seguirà una galleria delle più belle immagini di Kaliningrad.
Continue the story of a journey to the capital Kaliningrad, a real surprise for the protagonists and it will be for you. What to see, where to sleep, home and where to eat. A gallery of the most beautiful images of Kaliningrad will follow.
|In bicicletta da Klaipeda (Lituania) a Danzica (Polonia) attraverso Kaliningrad. Prima parte
tour started June 2019, submitted 5 October 2019
Un viaggio che inizia a Klaipeda dove era terminato il precedente nei Paesi Baltici nel 2012. Attravera lo stato di Kaliningrad e raggiunge Danzica in Polonia. Questa è la prima parte con i consigli per l'organizzazione.
This journey begins in Klaipeda where the precedent in the Baltic States ended in 2012. It will cross the state of Kaliningrad and reach Gdansk in Poland. This is the first part with advice for the organization.
|Russia : St Petersburg to Tver and Golden Ring
tour started July 2015, submitted 22 September 2015
3 week and 1400 km tour from Veliky Novgorod over Rzhev and T'ver to the cities of the Golden Ring, following the Volga river from Uglich to Suzdal.
2 guys, 2 mountainbikes, tents but not suited for camping in the rain. Only camped 1 time, no cooking.
|Bikerafting in Siberia: With bike and inflatable boat through Sayan and Altai
tour started August 2014, submitted 11 April 2015
A couple of years I wondered how to cross the Sayan and Altai mountains with a start from lake Baikal in one ride from east to west, because this area in Russia is only reachable by a couple of dead-end roads from the east, north and west. Between this roads no usual connections exists - pure wilderness dominates over hundreds of kilometers, so it seemed to be necessary to combine the destinations with big detours... But with the time I found out, that there are drivable tracks in the Altai which connect the dead-end roads. Only a crossing of Sayan seemed really impossible by bike... until I read about 'packrafts' - lightweight inflatable boats for combined land-water trips. That was the answer to my dream trip! I decided to cross the trackless section of Sayan with such a packraft and my bike on it - until the next road appeared to continue with the bike...
|Spain Japan Spain by bicycle.
tour started April 2005, submitted 10 May 2014
Europe, Asia: Spain, Portugal, France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Japan, China, Kazakstan, Ukraine
This is a page about the solo trip began april 22th,2005 from Spain to Japan crossing Russia. Life is an experience that everyone filled with a content , " rempli d'un contenu " says in France. It was hard and authentic.The two words summarizing the trip. Feel free to ask any questions.Thanks Jesus. @jsanag
|A journey from the Netherlands to Nepal
tour started February 2014, submitted 22 November 2013
Europe, Asia, : Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakstan, Russia, Mongolia, China, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh, Nepal,
We are embarking on a wonderful journey in February 2014. We will go through the most beautiful countries and meet the most joyful people. Follow us and share your ideas with us.
|Eurovelo 13 - Iron Curtain Trail
tour started September 2013, submitted 19 September 2013
Lo scopo della Iron Curtain Trail, che è ancora in fase di sviluppo, è di trasferire anche l'idea di Storia sperimentandola pure a livello europeo. Questo percorso di 6800 km guida icicloturisti e i cicloviaggiatori dal mare Barents nel confine russo-norvegese al Mar Nero, lungo quella che era la cortina di ferro, che adesso non è più che una linea di demarcazione, semplicemente un simbolo di una condivisa, esperienza pan-europea in un'Europa riunificata. (Michael Kramer)
|Greedy Euro Bike Tour
tour started 2012, submitted 9 March 2012
Europe: France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco
language: en, it
Da lì a là is an Italian expression meaning roughly hither and thither, and this summarize my will, my restless temper of changing place every so often. I'm biking around Europe stopping from time to time when my attention is captured by an outstanding recipe a traditional food or a weird one. Pedalling alone is just fine, but together with other cyclists, especially from the country I'll be riding at the moment is just fantastic: less fatigue, more fun. You can get a look at the Euro-Tour map to get a gist of what'll be the route I'll follow in this year. If you're biking in the some zone, or nearby or you're going to start something similar and you'll like to have a ride together, let me know. Get in touch! Sys
|Reisekurzbericht St. Petersburg - Düsseldorf
tour started June 2011, submitted 28 October 2011
Im Internet stießen wir dann auf den Europaradweg R 1 der von Boulogne sur Mer in Frankreich über Belgien, Niederlande, Deutschland, Polen, Russland (Kaliningrader Gebiet), Litauen, Lettland, Estland nach St. Petersburg verläuft. Unser erster Teil sollte von St. Petersburg nach Düsseldorf gehen. Den Rest ab Boulogne sur Mer nach Düsseldorf wollen wir 2012 in Angriff nehmen.
|Two New Zealanders heading East across the landmasses of Europe and Asia
tour started March 2010, submitted 5 September 2010
Asia: Europe, England, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Mongolia, China, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand
We're Emma and Justin, two New Zealanders who have 'gone cycling' after six years working and living in London.
We talked about the possibility of a big trip quietly at first. We were on a train in England somewhere and we sketched a rudimentary map which plotted our way towards Russia. Our cycling trips became more ambitious, and we tested our enthusiasm for the idea by cycling the length of the UK (Lands End to John O'Groats) over three weeks in 2009. After 6 years living away from New Zealand we decided it was time to pack up London lives, quit jobs and go.
We have been on the road since March 2010 and intend to reach the edge of Asia by March 2012. Our website documents some of the places we've discovered on our travels.
|By bike through north-eastern Europe
tour started May 2009, submitted 18 August 2010
I made a trip by bicycle, starting in Gdansk (Poland), and then through Kaliningrad (Russia), Lithuania, Belarus, Latvia, many days in Estonia, Russia (with a stay of 2 weeks in St-Petersburg). My bike needed some maintenance and repair, and I needed to learn some more Russian.
From there I cycled along the coast to Vyborg (still Russia) and took a ferry to Finland. From east to west through Finland, and as a final the really nice Aland-islands. By ferry to Stockholm, a few days in Stockholm. By train from Stockholm to Goteborg, and then the last part by bike from Goteborg to Kopenhagen. By train back to the Netherlands.
Many experiences in altogether 103 days of cycling. Main accommodation in hotels, guesthouses, B&B's and at many people's homes (thanks to Hospitality Club). A lot of practical information for people who think about cycling in these countries. I can really recommend you to cycle there.
|North Russia in Winter with Temperatures down to -50 degree
tour started February 2010, submitted 27 July 2010
On my second winter travel through Northern Russia I explored the region of Komi and Nenets west of the Polar Ural. This part of Russia is like the most areas of Northern Siberia not reachable by bike in summer, because only fragments of roads exists. So I followed the winter roads along the rivers Izhma and Pechora from Uchta up to Nar'jan-Mar north of the Arctic circle and from there though the tundra partially back to the railway line. The main challenge was the extrem coldness in first days, accumulated snow on little roads and a lot of crazy meetings with the locals...
|Crimea and Northern Caucasus by Bike
tour started August 2009, submitted 18 January 2010
In summer 2009 I travelled with a friend along the northern coast of Black Sea from peninsula Crimea into the mountains of Greater Caucasus. On Russian side we crossed the major mountain range close to the border of Georgia and arrived finally Elbrus, the highest mountain of Europe. Muddy tracks and steep relief marked the second part of this 1600 km bike trip.
You will find a collection of photographs (``Bilder''), the mapped route (``Karte'') and informations about the route, day-km, weather and travel costs (``Streckenprotokoll'').
|East Siberia Odyssey to the Pole of Cold Oymyakon
tour started July 2007, submitted 18 January 2010
This three months trip by train, ship, minibus and bike was a really low budget adventure through whole Russia. Many decisions how and where I travelled depends on marginal money and time but also on locals help. By bike I passed in two month the Eastern part of Siberia (district Irkutsk, Buryatia and Yakutia): at first along the Baikal-Amur-Magistral from Ust-Kut to Bodaybo, than by ships on Vitim river to Lensk and from here again by bike (and minibus) to Yakutsk and finally Oymyakon, the northern ``Pole of Cold'', where -71,2°C were recorded in 1926. On last section of this 2800 km bike trip I experienced the onset of Siberian winter...
You will find a lot of photogaphs (``Bilder''), the mapped route (``Karte'') and informations about the route, day-km and travel costs (``Streckenprotokoll'').
|Winter Trip on Iceroads in West Siberia
tour started March 2008, submitted 6 December 2009
On Russian iceroads, the so-called ``zimniks'', I cycled in march 2008 three weeks along the frozen Ob-river. The trip started in Priobe (Chanty-Mansijskij district) and ended in the mountains of Polar Ural near Salekhard above the arctic circle (Jamalo-Neneckij district). At the beginning I had no knowledge about the exactly road course, because it isn't shown on maps. I also had no special winter clothes, but no really critical situations in coldness (-37°C minimum). This bike trip was an great adventure with breathtaking impressions of Siberian winter and some meetings with the Chanty, the natives of northern Ob-region.
The tour report is written in german, but a collection of photogaphs (``Bilder''), the mapped route (``Karte'') and informations about the route, day-km, weather and travel costs (``Streckenprotokoll'') are self-explanatory.
|Sophos tour around the world
tour started June 2008, submitted 27 September 2008
Europe, Asia, Africa: France, Ireland, UK, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, SaudiArabia, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Spain
language: en, fr
Vagabondages autour du monde d'un apprenti voyageur.
Un ou deux ans de voyage au programme pour découvrir l'Europe du Nord, l'Asie et l'Afrique du Nord différemment.
Prochaine étape : la traversée de la Russie en hiver
Vagrancy around the world by a apprentice traveller.
One or two years to discover in a different way north Europe, Asia and north Africa.
Next step : from St Petersburg to Vladivostok during winter time
|First Irish circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle
tour started October 2008, submitted 28 August 2008
Europe, America, Asia, Africa: Ireland, France, Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Japan, China, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, UK
This November, Simon Evans and Fearghal O'Nuallain will begin the first Irish circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle. Their unsupported expedition will cover over 30,000km, passing through 30 countries and some of the highest, lowest, driest, coldest, warmest and loneliest places on earth. In doing so, they will be promoting the positive contribution that cycling can make to mental health and the environment, raising 100,000 euro for Aware and highlighting climate change.
|International Cycle Traveling, solo and self contained
tour started 2008, submitted 31 March 2008
Europe, Australia, America: Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, UK, Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Chile, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Russia
I'm at one of those grave intellectual impasses that have been known to bring even greater minds than my own to a standstill. I have an orphan sock. Trivia, you say. Ha! I think not.
The cause of this problem is surely the work of that Slovakian KGB Agent, foolishly disguised as a laundress in Svolen. She stole it, I'm sure. Probably for a DNA sample to impress her superiors in Bratislava. They've been following my every move since the kustoms agent in Warsaw asked me the purpose of my visit to Poland. When I answered ``vacation'' the disbelief on his face gave him away. What, doesn't anyone go to Poland on vacation?
But back to the real problem, the orphan sock. The purists among cycle tourists would say, ``Throw it away, it's excess baggage. And while you're at it, cut three inches off that over-long toothbrush handle.'' But the Calvinist in me says, ``Save it. It's a good sock, nearly new.'' I've already reduced the weight of my baggage by losing its mate. Maybe I'll lose another and be back to even and lighter still.
|Comm'on Life in Eurasia: 2 years of challenge and cultural discovery
tour started August 2006, submitted 18 July 2007
Europe, Asia: France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, CzechRepublic, Poland, Holland, Belgium
language: fr, ru, en
We are performing a 2 years (theoretically) trip around Eurasia. During the trip, we are performing a photo documentation for ICOMOS, an expert organization of UNESCO about cultural heritage. The database created will be available on the website.
We wish with this project to perform some challenging cycling, linking with useful actions.
Our website relates our diary and we are putting plenty of photos and comments (and lots of other fields are going to come, such as advices, technical data...).
|Paul Carter's Cycling Adventures
, submitted 12 July 2007
America, Africa, Australia: USA, SouthAfrica, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Russia, Australia
Just a simple compilation showing some photos of my solo, minimum preparation/planning, fast, travel light, using only my vacation allowance rides across the continents. First ride was with road bike, all other rides on Orange P7 rigid mountain-bike with semi-slick tyres.
|Mal & Lee's Cycling Diaries
tour started October 2006, submitted 3 May 2007
Mal & Lee on a world recumbent cycle tour of the world.
Just completed a cross continent tour of Australia and circumnavigation of Tasmania.... Off to the UK now :-)
|Amsterdam to Vladivostok: A bicycle ride across Eurasia
tour started March 2007, submitted 9 February 2007
A trip planned in 2007 to cycle across Eurasia. Follow along as Mike discovers Russia by bicycle. Departure from Amsterdam at end of March. Plan is to ride the first month to St Petersburg and then for five months cycling across Russia including the new section of road across Siberia.
|Cycling Home From Siberia
tour started 2006, submitted 23 January 2007
Europe, Asia, Australia: Japan, KoreaSouth, Russia, China, Guinea, Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Tibet, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon
A 40,000 km. 3 year ride through 30 countries, from far eastern Russia (Siberia) in winter, to London England, via Australia. Trying to cover the whole route by bicycle and boat only. I have encountered plenty of good times and a few tough ones, noteably in Siberia (camping at minus forty), Papua New Guinea (pushing my bike down a beach as no roads) and Tibet (in winter).
|Inner Asia Expedition
tour started May 1995, submitted 8 January 2007
Asia: Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan, India, Mongolia
12 countries, 12,000 kilometers, five men and five bikes. This is the story of a remarkable bicycle journey across Asia nearly entirely by bicycle. At the time, we believed it to be geographically and politically, the most diverse summer ride the planet had to offer.
The website contains hundreds of high resolution photographs, extensive journals of each country and much advice on gear, immunizations, maps, routes and visas.
|Round the World by Bike - 60 countries. 5 continents. 4 years. 46,000 miles
tour started 2002, submitted 10 December 2006
The author is selling a book on his tour around the world, but has made several chapters available for free, in PDF format. Espcially the chapters on Ethiopia and Siberia are fascinating to read and among the best stories found on Trento Bike. This is true adventure. Here are two short paragraphs:
Also check out the expedition advice.
|Our trip around the world - we are now in Cambodia
tour started 2006, submitted 1 November 2006
Asia, Africa, Europe, America, Australia: NewZealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakstan, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Morocco, Italy, Switzerland, France
language: en, fr
We are now in Cambodia, after 10 months of cycling thru New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand. Our site is bilingual.
Our web site is about the trip that we are now realizing. We have gone across the world to go back to Canada. We already crossed 5 different countries in 10 months. We will keep biking for around 2 more years. The subject treated by the web page is mostly about our trip (story, pictures, organisation) but we added a lot of other stuff like recipes, rock climbing, and small articles. We are French-Canadian, so our web site is belingual.
|Ukraine and Russia: Carpathians to the Volga
tour started May 2006, submitted 3 July 2006
A five week tour from the Hungary/Ukraine border from Uzhgorod, Ukraine to Samara, Russia. Two American cycle tourists who speak some Russian travel across much of Ukraine and southern part of European Russia. This was a mostly self-supported trip where we stayed in hotels, but also some visits with friends in Russia.
|The International Family Adventure Cycle Tour, Moscow - St. Petersburg
tour started July 2001
A photo report. Route: Tver - Staritsa - Ostashkov - Svapustcha - (soil road) - Molvotitsy - Demiansk - Zaluchie - Staraja Russa - Shimsk - Erunovo - Novgorod - Train to Pavlovsk - Tsarskoe Selo - Petergof - Saint Petersburg
|Go (North-) East - Radtour durch das russische Karelien
tour started 1999
Warum Karelien? Warum nicht! Ich wollte schon immer einmal mit dem Fahrrad durch Nordrussland fahren, seitdem ich dort einmal mit dem Zug durchgefahren war und aus dem Zugfenster heraus die endlosen Wälder bewunderte. Dann las ich während meiner Arbeitszeit, beim Drucken der ``Frei atmen'' um genau zu sein, die Anzeige von Markus Müller, der Leute zu einer Radtour durch Karelien suchte und ich rief an.
|To the Last Northern Point of Russian Europe
tour started 1999
Unreliable server, you'll have to dig for the story.
The natives of Kola Peninsula are kindhearted and eager to help, but there is one strange thing about them. Each time you try to ask someone about the road he puts a strange smile on, makes wide gestures and mutters something about off-road vehicles and ice roads. Sometimes our questions brought sweet memories to life: ``Yes, it was in the year before granny died, 1973 it was, and we drove 150 km to the very end of this road in a lorry in no more than a week. And don't listen to the neighbor, he just got to the middle the year before last.'' Inspired by these descriptions we took one of the ground roads north. It started from simply bad quality and later turned out somewhat between ``absolutely impossible to ride'' and ``possible to ride if you Really want it''.
|Around the Baltic Sea
tour started June 1998
26 days from 26-6 to 21-7-1998 - Distance 4830 km. - Average speed 21,3 km.t.
|A Little Story of Cycling in a Big Country - Dubna to Helsinki
tour started May 1998
After an official visit to Dubna, about 120 km north of Moscow, I had the pleasure to spend two days with friends on a dacha in a little village about 150 km east. [...] I set out for the unknown east. At that stage my plans were as follows: take the main road to Nishny Novgorod and then muddle yourself through in a big semi circle via Vologda and Petrozavodsk to Finland; fly out then from Helsinki. This would have been a distance of about 3000 km, ambitious enough for 18 days of cycling in the West. What I had not taken into account were the typical Russian difficulties.
|Across the international border Norway - Russia
tour started March 1998
A short bicycle trip from one world to another (plus train travel 36 hours from Nikel to St. Petersburg, and a bike trip in the streets of St. Petersburg).
Also see Igor Romanenko's Comments.
|Around the Baltic Sea
tour started June 1996
I cycled around the Baltic Sea from mid-June to mid-July 1996, starting in Stockholm and going clockwise, finishing in Stockholm a month later. It was a great trip!
|If we run out of bread, we eat cake... - a tour of Karelia
language: en, de
We wanted to visit the classical destinations of the Russian Republic of Karelia... But not in the usual way with a river-cruise on a vessel... We did it by bike!
A nice report, with plenty of pictures, and extensive practical information.
|velotourism and trips
, submitted 6 November 2007
The best Russian site about trips on bike.