"Siberia" conjures up images of the infamous Gulag prisoner camps of the icy Kolyma gold fields during the worst of the Stalin years in Soviet Russia. In fact,only a tiny percentage of this vast Russian region is anywhere near the Arctic Circle. Western Siberia begins east of the Ural Mountains, and includes the important cities of Novosibirisk (Russia's #3 city by population), Khabarovsk, Tomsk, and Vladivistok (one of Russia's most important ports). Its natural scenery includes the fantastically remote Altai range, the deep waters of Baikal (one of the world's greatest lakes), enormous rivers, and of course endless stretches of forests and tundra. Proceeding further east, its Far East Region (also known as Eastern Siberia) includes the gigantic Sakhalin Island, and its mainland Pacific Coast was picked as one of the best regional travel ideas in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel list for 2019. Here are the best drone videos from this fantastic land, one of the least densely populated areas of the world. Aerial Photo: "Katun River, Altai Mountains" by contributor and drone pilot ZURG.
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