The World's Most Pristine Forests
Primorsky Kray, Russia
These cool-climate boreal forests, stretching from Finland in the west to the maritime province of Primorsky Kray (bordering the Japan Sea) in the east, hold the title as the largest ecosystem on earth. The bucolic Primorsky Kray is the most intact region accessible to tourists; more than 80 percent of the forest remains.
How to Go: Local outfit Mirabel Tours conducts adventure and birding trips to see the lily-strewn lakes of Khankaisky State Nature Reserve and the mink population of the Far Eastern Marine Reserve, an archipelago that has the honor of being Russia’s only marine reserve.