Italian in the Arctic: 20 Years of Travelling


Photo: Daniele Castiglioni

Italian traveller Daniele Castiglioni has covered hundreds of kilometers along the rivers and lakes of the Russian Arctic in 20 years.

The traveller, an Italian nurse, first came to Russia in 2003. He dreamed of travelling along the Trans-Siberian Railway and the Baikal–Amur Mainline. Daniele started learning Russian in the same year.

After several trips to Russia, the traveller became interested in the Russian Arctic. He was especially attracted by the hard-to-reach places.

Daniele Castiglioni decided to create a common name for his travels along northern rivers. He came up with the name ‘The Siberian Water’ (in Italian, Acque siberiane) in 2012. His fourth book about his travels in Russia will be published under this name soon.

The traveller has overcome many stunning and challenging routes in 20 years. For example, he crossed part of the Indigirka and Moma rivers in northeastern Sakha (Yakutia) in 2015. Besides, he travelled along the shores of Lake Baikal in 2022.

In Italy, Daniele Castiglioni holds recitals and lectures where he talks about his routes along the northern rivers of Siberia and the Far East.