Extreme tourism in Russia

Where to go in Russia for outdoor activities

Considering the statistics of tourism in Russia, it is worth noting that both outbound and inbound indicators in the country have increased. In addition, domestic tourism has also received some development in recent years. More detailed information is given below - data taken from the official website of the Federal State Statistics Service.

Actual indicators

Based on Rosstat data on the number of tourists in Russia, here are the latest data from the service:

  • In 2019, the number of inbound trips to the country decreased slightly compared to the same period of the previous year. The indicator fell by 0.9%.
  • As for outbound tourism, here, on the contrary, the indicator has grown. In the first nine months of 2019, Russians made more than 35 million trips abroad. This figure is 7% higher than in the corresponding 9 months of the previous 2018.

Do not forget that the statistics of both inbound and outbound tourism include not only the usual trips on vacation, but also the following types:

  • Business.
  • Rustic.
  • Children and youth.
  • Medical.
  • Pilgrimage.
  • Environmental.
  • Extreme.
  • Recreational and others.

Statistics on this area in the Russian Federation indicate that in terms of both international and domestic tourism, the following cities are most frequently visited in the country:

  • Moscow.
  • St. Petersburg.
  • Novosibirsk.
  • Sochi, as, in principle, the entire Krasnodar Territory.
  • Kazan.
  • Yekaterinburg.
  • Vladivostok.
  • Kaliningrad.

If we consider outbound tourism, the following tourist destinations are most popular among Russians:

  • Turkey.
  • Finland.
  • China.
  • Italy.
  • Germany.

Among the former CIS countries, the growth for 2019 in the number of Russian tourists was shown:

Tourism and travel agencies according to Rosstat

The best places for recreation and types of tourism in Russia are endless opportunities for the traveler, an abundance of recreational resources, thousands of hotels hospitably opening their doors.

Tourism in Russia is international. In Russia, not only residents of this country have a rest, Belarusians, Ukrainians, Chinese, and often Europeans willingly come here.

It doesn't matter if you love a beach holiday, dream of skiing, fishing, exploring buildings with a thousand-year history or admiring the scenery. Russian resorts allow you to easily realize any dreams and plans.

Tourism for every taste can be found in Russia - whale dances or the ski Caucasus, imperial palaces or the Black Sea luxury. And the best places to stay in Russia are those where they dream to come again.

Tourism in Russia is attracting more and more travelers.

Europeans or Americans often come on their own: they book flights and hotels, negotiate with the guides.

Asians prefer group tours - they are cheaper and are guaranteed to visit famous museums. Guests are respected and expected: the best hotels are classified, language difficulties are minimal, loyalty to people with disabilities.

Do I need a visa to Russia and the procedure for entry depends on citizenship.

How to get there?

In the Russian Federation, there is railway and air communication with almost the whole world, as well as between regions.

The number of tourists and tourism statistics in Russia according to Rosstat. Official figures for the period 2010-2018 and 2019. Internal and external tourism.

Extreme tourism is becoming more and more in demand in Russia. Now tour operators even offer special extreme tours that include outdoor activities in many parts of Russia. In addition to relaxing on the beach by the sea and in an all-inclusive hotel, stretched nerves are also able to relieve stress and fatigue in a person. Today we will consider extreme tourism in Abkhazia and southern Russia, in regions such as Krasnodar Territory and Crimea.

Crimea is very multifaceted and generous in terms of natural attractions, giving the opportunity to try a bunch of varieties of extreme recreation. Moreover, in the Crimea there are all types of outdoor activities known to mankind, with the exception, perhaps, only of alpine skiing.

Freeride, tracking

Hiking in mountainous terrain does not require any special expenses, except for comfortable shoes and water, and, believe me, there will be a lot of impressions. We suggest considering specific places in Crimea for this type of recreation:

  • Mount Ai-Petri with three of its impregnable battlements (there is also a stunning suspension bridge);


For scuba diving in the Crimea there are many grottoes, flooded objects and caves. Fauna of the Black Sea of ​​Crimea has not yet managed to acquire due to its young age, but not a single tourist will be upset by this for sure.

  • Sevastopol is rich in sunken ships;
  • You can get to paradise for diving fans by visiting Cape Tarkhankut. More than 30 different diving sites;
  • in Sudak for divers there are many grottoes, wells, underwater caves, the remains of ancient ships and ancient galleys;
  • near Feodosia - the ship "Jean Jaures", sunken in 1942;
  • you can search for artifacts that are associated with Turkey and Greece near the Kerch Strait.

Rock climbing and mountaineering

Mountain Crimea is the dream of anyone who is fond of mountaineering and who wants to test their strengths in climbing the inaccessible rocks. Even for beginners in Crimea, there are schools with experienced instructors who will help you take the first steps in this direction.

Here are some of the routes you have taken:

  • Nikitinskaya cleft in the Yalta region, Ai-Nikola rock and Krestovaya mountain;

In general, Crimea has long been considered one of the best places for rock climbing in Europe.

In recent years, the direction of active recreation in Russia has been rapidly developing. For many tourists it becomes a discovery that one can relax not only on the seashore, but also in other Russian regions. The natural and climatic conditions of the country are so diverse that by visiting them, you will experience a kaleidoscope of impressions and get a boost of vivacity for the whole year.

Popular types of outdoor activities in Russia

The following types of outdoor activities are invariably popular among domestic tourists:

  • bike ;
  • horseback ;
  • mountain ;
  • automobile ;
  • ski ;
  • sporty.

Every year, more and more ideas and routes appear for such types of recreation - tourists conquer mountains and peaks, raft along rough rivers, walk along winding paths, travel by bicycle or on horseback.

Where can you spend active holidays depending on the season?

Active rest in Russia is possible at any time of the year. Consider which tours you can turn your attention to.


In summer, all regions of Russia are available for travel, where tourism is developed to one degree or another. Mass weekend tours - kayaking and cycling tours are considered popular among residents of Moscow and the Moscow region.

Karelia is very popular, in recent years tours to Altai, Baikal and Kamchatka are gaining momentum. For those who do not like the north, there are many tours to the south - you can combine an active vacation with a vacation at the sea in the Crimea or Sochi. For families, a multi-active tour in Adygea is suitable, and for those who like to get acquainted with the history and culture of other peoples, tours to the republics of the Caucasus are suitable.

Most popular summer routes:

    Yakutia. "Alone with nature". This is an opportunity to visit the natural monuments of Central Yakutia in a short period. Tour duration is 3 days. Tour itinerary: Yakutsk - Tit-Ary - Sinsk - Sinskie pillars of the Sinyaya river - inspector's house on the Sinyaya river - Lena pillars - grottoes of the Keteme river - writings of Elanka rocks - Tukulany sand dunes - Yakutsk.

    Most people regularly rush for interesting discoveries and adventures, strive to learn the secret life of the North and South Poles, conquer the heights of Everest and other famous places of our vast planet. However, on Russian soil, regardless of the season, tourists are expected to travel equally fascinating.

    Russia has everything - from the hot springs of the Kamchatka Territory through the taiga of Siberia to the mineral resorts scattered along the entire Black Sea coast. The Russian land is famous for its large reserves, huge dense forests, places where no human has ever set foot.

    The Russian Federation is famous for the highest mountains, such as Elbrus with a height of 5652 meters, located in the Caucasus. There are also many other interesting entertainments in the country:

    • mountain river rafting,
    • snowmobiling,
    • fishing,
    • off-road driving and reindeer,
    • horseback riding,
    • helicopter flights,
    • scuba diving,
    • travel to the harsh North Pole,
    • wandering in the Kolyma,
    • climbing to the top of the mountains.

    A kitchen on a fire, snow baths after a classic Russian bath, swimming in a cold lake will give you a lot of impressions.

    Consider the top ten places in the Russian Federation.

    Lake Baikal

    The deepest and oldest Lake Baikal in the world is the pearl of Siberia. He is about twenty-five million years old. It is considered the most popular destination among tourists in Russia.

    This is the place for those who wish to enjoy the beauty of Siberia. The Siberian Territory offers various excursions such as helicopter flights, hot springs, diving, fishing, jeep expeditions, hunting, mountaineering, mountain river rafting.


    Kamchatka is the land of volcanoes. Despite the fact that this territory was discovered by Russian Cossacks three hundred years ago, people still know practically nothing about this region. In our century, Kamchatka has become closer thanks to airplanes.

    The Valley of Geysers is one of the largest geyser fields in the world, located in the Kamchatka Territory in the Kronotsky Municipal Biosphere Reserve, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List “Volcanoes of Kamchatka”.

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