Komi is a welcoming region combining diverse natural beauty with a multinational mosaic of cultural traditions. Deep in virgin forest, you can visit nature reserves included in the UNESCO list of Natural Heritage sites. Lovers of the extreme can visit Vorkuta in the Arctic Circle, while in the village of Ust-Tsilma you can see the settlement of old believers.
All guests to this northern region will find something to their taste, as nearly all types of tourism are represented in the Republic. Firstly, of course, this is environmental and nature tourism. Forests cover 80 % of the region. The Komi Republic is not called the "Lungs of the European North" for nothing.
The Pechora-Ilych Nature Reserve is a unique place. Such virgin forest untouched by man and industry cannot be found anywhere else in Europe. The nature reserve was included in the list of biosphere reserves in 1985. Ten years later, the Pechora-Ilych Nature Reserve and the Yugyd Va National Park were recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, under the name Virgin Komi Forests. This was the first Russian site to receive such a status.
The Pechora-Ilych Natural Biosphere Reserve contains one of the seven wonders of Russia, the famous Manpupuner rock formations. You can take a helicopter to visit the rock formations; it can land close to the Manpupuner plateau. There is also a hiking track to the rocks, with information huts and rest places.
The world's first elk farm is not far fr om the nature reserve. Visitors will happily get close to these good-natured animals, convinced that their mood will be significantly improved, and also get to know the rich nature of the nature reserve.
The Arctic capital of Vorkuta is in the Arctic Zone of the Russian Federation. There are certified routes for nature and extreme tourism, and it is possible to visit unique sites in the Polar Urals, the coast of the Kara Sea. Vorkuta is the only place in the world where lovers of extreme winter sports can train up to late May. The Eight Winds snow-kiting youth festival that is held here is becoming popular.
You can experience ethnic character and take part in traditional culture during major events. Ust-Tsilemskaya Gorka is a colorful ritual celebration. The old Russian village of Ust-Tsilma is a real find for fans of ethnographic tourism. According to folklorists, Ust-Tsilma is the only place wh ere the festivals of medieval old believers are still preserved in their original form.
The Reindeer Herding Festival is a real spectacle; it is part of the Spartakiad of the peoples' of Russia's north and the main event is reindeer sled racing.
The Lyampiada festival of national winter sports includes: running races, biathlons on "lyampy", and races on "lyampy" and lyzi" – hunting skiis.
Every year on July 12, the International Ethnic Festival (People of the Forest) is held in the main square of the republic's capital, and everyone can experience the world of nature and self-knowledge.
The large international ecotourism forum Hedgehog is dedicated to environmental awareness.
If you wish to experience the culture and everyday life of the Komi people and the Finno-Ugric communities, then you should visit the Finno-Ugric ethnocultural park.