The Ural Mountains are ancient and first emerged due to the collision of the Euramerican continent and the small Kazakhstania continent some 250 million years ago. They became fully integrated into the landscape about 90 million years ago and since then have been an important part of this region.
The Ural Mountains
The Ural Mountains form a natural border between the continents of Asia and Europe and stretch across two countries; Russia and Kazakhstan. The mountain range starts in the north from the coast of the Arctic Ocean to the south at the northeastern region of Kazakhstan. They’re stunning to look at and support a diverse and rich ecosystem with a variety of plants and animals.
The Ural Mountains are also known for their rich mineral and non-metallic deposits. It’s not uncommon for people to find gems like emeralds, topaz, and amethysts here. There are also sizable ore deposits such as nickel, copper, gold, platinum, bauxite, and chromite.
Worthwhile Places to VisitThe Ural region is known for its stunning natural beauty. The landscape here is almost completely untouched by humans with the exception of a few mining locations. Here’s what you can expect to see:
- Arctic Urals – The region closest to the Arctic Ocean is often known as Polar or Arctic Urals. This place is unique and offers a glimpse of a different, isolated region. The landscape is dotted with jagged, sharp peaks, swamps, bogs, and some forests. The most notable place to visit is the Virgin Komi Forests, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you’ll find untouched forest land with Siberian fir and spruce, and wild animals like sable, reindeer, and wild hare.
- Southern Urals – This region is gentler to the traveler. It’s rich with forests and has more rounded peaks. The range also has a variety of wildlife, including elk, brown bear, lynx, wolves, and wolverines. There are rivers and streams that are teeming with aquatic life.
- Cities – There are three major cities in this region; Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg, and Ufa. All three of these cities are well connected and will offer great access to the Ural Mountains and neighboring areas. The cities themselves are quite interesting as well. Chelyabinsk has several museums and you can watch a ballet or an Opera here as well. Ufa and Yekaterinburg are interesting as well.
There are plenty of things you can do when you visit this region. Outdoor adventure enthusiasts will particularly love the Urals. There’s plenty of opportunity to ski, hunt, hike, and fish here.
So if you want to explore the wonders of Russia and The Ural Mountains, don’t hesitate to contact us at Taiga Travel. You can just give us a call or visit our contact us page to get in touch with us. Our phone number is +7 (423) 279-10-39, +7 (4236) 75-00-65. We’ll be happy to organize a memorable trip for you.