Unique Experience

Or Things You Should Do on Vacation in Russia

Matryoshka, balalaika and bears that allegedly walk the streets have long ceased to be the main associations with Russia. Tourists come to our country again and again to enjoy the beauty of its nature, climb to the top of a mountain range, explore the rivers or watch wild animals in their natural habitat.

The search for amber on the Baltic Sea coast in the Kaliningrad Region is a traditional and legal way to obtain the "sunstone" which is available to everyone. However, not everyone dares to put on a wetsuit and enter the sea after a storm with a push net to catch floated silt with pieces of amber, which can sometimes be quite massive. But most often tourists use another method – they rake the silt that was thrown out by the storm to find and take home a piece of amber that is a symbol of the Kaliningrad Region.

Probably the most unusual bike ride in the world is right on the frozen Lake Baikal in winter. Its ice is unusually smooth and it is not even covered with snow due to strong winds. A hovercraft or a car can also be used as a vehicle. In addition, you can try to raft on an ice floe in open water and ride a team of Siberian sled dogs in the Irkutsk Region.

Probably the most unusual bike ride in the world is right on the frozen Lake Baikal in winter

Bathing Amidst the Snow

In the "land of ice and fire," as Kamchatka is sometimes called, a unique combination of volcanoes and a real Russian winter is perfectly accompanied with many thermal mineral springs. Some of them are located among the mountains in the valley of the Vilyuchi river. But even a scary neighborhood with Vilyuchinsky volcano does not prevent people from swimming in the "boiling" mineral water at any time of the year on the background of beautiful nature of Kamchatka.

You can also enjoy swimming in the thermal springs in other places, for example in Tyumen – there are quite a lot of them there. Some of them have a good infrastructure, and the water temperature ranges from +36 to +45°C (97 to 113°F). One of such "health springs" is located 10 km from Tyumen and is called Verkhny Bor.

Scary neighborhood with Vilyuchinsky volcano does not prevent people from swimming in the "boiling" mineral water at any time of the year on the background of beautiful nature of Kamchatka.

Extreme Fishing

Those who love "home" fishing are used to the fact that the fish must simply be removed from the hook and thrown into the fish trap. But this is not the case with the taimen fish, which lives in the rivers of the Urals, the Far East, Siberia, and the Caucasus, as well as in Lake Baikal. Taimen (Siberian trout) is a strong and large fish, which can throw a person into the water with a blow of the tail. But it is the dangers that accompany such fishing that attract those who are eager to once again struggle with this inhabitant of the river depths. However, please be notified that it is forbidden to catch taimen during spawning, and also that in some regions of Russia it is listed in the regional Red Book.

Mountains and Mountain Rivers

The Altai tops of all shapes, heights and sizes are waiting for fans of mountain routes. The highest mountain of Siberia is Belukha with a height of more than 4,500 m. It is famous both for its beauty and for glaciers with waterfalls. However, it is advised to take not only all the necessary gear, but also a guide, as it won't be easy to find the way to its top on your own. Naturally, the Altai is not the only mountain range in Russia: there are routes of varying difficulty in the Crimea, the Caucasus, the Sayans, the Urals, etc., so you won't lack adrenaline.

Rafting in the Arctic Circle will give the adventurers an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to not only fully feel the power and speed of the river, but also to enjoy the beauty of the Far North of Russia. Rafting on catamarans along the Tumcha river in Karelia and Murmansk Region is a 50-kilometer-long complex path with 30 rapids and other obstacles that can cool down or temper the character of any traveler.

Rafting in the Arctic Circle will give the adventurers an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to not only fully feel the power and speed of the river, but also to enjoy the beauty of the Far North of Russia

Getting Good Shots

A photo tour of Primorye Territory is a great opportunity to make hiking trips to the taiga, rivers and canyons, and not only to remember the most amazing moments, but also to shoot them on camera. To take interesting photos, you can go to the Lazovsky Nature Reserve, Benevskiye Waterfalls and Dragon Park, as well as visit other attractions of the Far East Russia. Such a journey will allow you not only to hone your skills as a photographer, but also to check the correctness of the statement that the lens often sees something that the naked eye does not notice.

Of course, you will not be able to see and try all kinds of travel during one visit to Russia, even if you focus only on one region. In addition, the destinations and conditions of travel will be different depending on the time of the year. This is one of the main advantages of Russia in comparison with other countries that will make your stay there unforgettable.

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