Between two oceans

LOWA photo­grapher Richard Kien­berger journeys across Eurasia in the winter

Russia In the spring of 2018, LOWA photo­grapher and journalist Richard Kien­berger finally made a dream that had been whirling around his mind for years come true: He finally undertook his journey across the double continent of Eurasia during a single trip – and he decided to do it during the winter, of all times.

Richard Kienberger

Richard Kien­berger

The plan was to connect Cabo da Roca, the west­ernmost point of continental Europe with Magadan. The Siberian port city is located along two bays of the Sea of Okhotsk. It can be reached from Yakutsk via the Kolyma Highway. The biggest problem asso­ciated with turning this dream into a reality was: For most people in St. Petersburg or Moscow, the Pacific coast of Russia is something like a distant continent, a place that they have heard of, but know virtually nothing about.

Travel in brutal cold

The Pacific port of Magadan also has a dubious repu­tation in Russia to this very day, a leftover from the Soviet era when the city served as a gateway to gulags – those notorious Siberian prison camps operated back then. The first part of the journey took Kien­berger through Portugal, Spain, France and Belgium on his way to Russia and Lake Baikal. The farther he ventured east, the more intense the cold became – less for him than for his vehicle.



Kien­berger drove all the way to the former forbidden garrison city of Chita that is located near the Chinese border.

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The last stage

It was simply too dangerous to drive the 2,000-kilometre-long Kolyma Highway that passes through just a handful of villages alone. Because of the freezing cold, the local safari providers, companies with specially equipped vehicles, temporarily shut down their oper­ations. Kien­berger decided to fly to Yakutsk and Magadan. The LOWA model YUKON ICE GTX HI went into action here, where daytime temper­atures climbed all the way up to minus 35 degrees.

  • “I froze only when I was taking pictures – your fingers ice up pretty quickly in the cold”

    “I froze only when I was taking pictures – your fingers ice up pretty quickly in the cold”

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Richard Kien­berger spent 64 days trav­elling “between two oceans” and drove about 26,000 kilo­metres. The landscape and his encounters with people along the way left a deep impression on him.

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  • Richard Kienberger_Zwischen zwei Ozeanen