The Mistress of the Orda Cave

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Freediving champion Natalya Avseenko is seeking inner peace in the deep of the Orda Cave in Russia's Perm Region. Join her and an entourage of support photographer Viktor Lyagushkin, other divers, and journalists documenting her attempt to become the underwater legend known as the Mistress of the Orda Cave.

Orda Cave is the longest underwater cave in Russia, the second longest underwater cave in Eurasia, and the world's longest underwater gypsum cave. Orda Cave is located 100 km south-east of the city of Perm in the Russian Urals, on the south-west outskirts of the village of Orda. The exploration works began back in 1992 by a group of enthusiastic cavers. It is a gypsum cave, the water temperature is low (+4°C), there are vast quantities of underground galleries, and the water is transparent with low turbidity.

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