Professional guide-climber on the snow-covered summit of Elbrus sleeping volcanoLegion Media
Russia is a country of extremes and you can find all kinds of adventures here, from taking a night walk through Moscow’s notoriously criminal Golyanovo district - which was recognized as the third most dangerous place for tourists in the world - to wrestling bears in Siberia. Just kidding. There are many more civilized ways to explore Russia, so here are a few ideas for the wild at heart.
Ice diving in Russia.Legion Media
Beyond doubt, the Maldives, Seychelles, and other popular diving sites are the obvious choice when it comes to underwater exploring. But take a minute to consider Russia’s subaqueous landscapes.
For example, the country’s northern
Sunken WWI torpedo-boat in the Black Sea.Legion Media
Rafting.Mikhail Mokrushin/RIA Novosti
There are various levels of river rafting in Russia, from meandering down a gentle mountain stream to huge
Another location offering great rafting is Altai (South Siberia) with its deep valleys. The Chuya River has a number of stages for more experienced boatmen.
Tourists during a ride.Artur Lebedev/TASS
Want to ride a horse as gracefully as Vladimir Putin? (Not necessarily bare-chested). There are endless opportunities to do this in Russia, especially in the eastern regions with their charming prairies and mountain roads. After several days on horseback and sleeping in tents, you will feel like a true nomad.
Speaking of horses, some of the finest in the world live in the Republic of Bashkortostan (1,400 km east of Moscow), where they have been raised and trained for centuries. The area is ideal for trotting through, with greenwood taiga and forest-tundra. You will be at one with nature.
Professional guide-climber on the snow-covered summit of Elbrus sleeping volcano.Legion Media
The tallest peak in Europe - Mount Elbrus (5,462 km) - is located on the border of the Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia republics in Russia’s North Caucasus.
Conquering this monster is no piece of cake. Even for well-trained mountaineers with all the necessary
For those who do manage to reach the peak though, it’s well worth the risk - the view of the Caucasus Mountains are breathtaking.
Extreme paragliding.Legion Media
The Caucasus is great for flying high in general - after climbing up the side of a mountain there’s nothing better than jumping off with a paraglider strapper to your back. The relatively small Yutza Mountain near Pyatigorsk (1,400 km south of Moscow) is a highly recommended place for paragliding and hang-gliding.
Gazing down upon the Caucasus resorts from above is an unforgettable experience, especially in summer when nature is in bloom.
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