Extreme tourism in Russia
Demand for extreme tourism in Russia is greatly increased. Tourist’ firms actively offer rafting, traveling on horse back, by bicycle and motorcycle. More and more people are attracted by rafting, diving, pleasure flight on balloon and many others. In Europe, for example, this kind of tourism began to develop by quick temps and becomes more popular at the end of the 80-s – the beginning of the 90-s and in Russia – since the middle of the 90-s. Let’s see several routes of extreme tourism, go to various nooks of the country and look at the wonderful pictures which the nature created. But first of all we will be carried away in 2005 and visit a festival of extreme kinds of tourism.
Festival of extreme kinds of tourism “Pyatigoria” gathers amateurs and professionals of extreme. Biker-cross, where four sportsmen simultaneously start from a steep slope and, surmounting obstacles, drive down by winding route – in advance, can be called the most entertaining. Those, who like more to climb up and conquer the tops, also present in the festival. Assault of Spartacus rocks was carried out in various disciplines.
Now let’s divide extreme tourism into kinds. Let’s begin with water kind of extreme tourism.
Diving is very popular in the whole world. It is underwater divings with special apparatuses, providing a swimmer with breathing. Diving is both a sport and entertainment. Engaging in diving, you will be able to look into the enigmatic sea depths, nearby observe life of sea dwellers, sense yourself in state of weightlessness, in free flight. Diving-lovers may enjoy beauties of the underwater world of the Black sea in Anapa. You will like reefs of the Taman peninsula very much. Places of ancient moorages, ancient anchors and fragments of amphoras, remains of petrified flora and fauna.
For the last years under-ice diving becomes more popular in Russia. Under-ice diving is arranged, for example, in the Valdai lake. Special program “Clear waters of monasteries of Russia” was created there. Besides the Valdai a special group organizes diving near Solovetsky monastery in Svyatoe lake, at Balaam in Ladoga lake. You may see fantastic icy landscapes, adits and grottoes, washed away by waters in the lumps of ice. Besides, under-ice drivers come also to the White sea for diving. The most popular place here is Rugozerskaya bay of the Kandalakshsky channel.