Watching Northern Lights and Diving in Russia

Russia Northern Lights ©

Russia Northern Lights

Some adventurous activities can be organized during your travel to Russia. This means scuba diving, watching the Beluga whale, diving at Moneron Island and diving on the Pacific coast around Sakhalin Island. There is also another interesting spot called the Barents Sea at Murmansk. If you are up to it, you may want to also try ice diving on the Arctic Ocean. Ice dive with beluga whales in the sub-Arctic waters of the White Sea. Animal lovers may want to dive with Greenland seals in the summer. See the Baltic for wreck diving. Finally also include in your itinerary to see the longest underwater cave in Russia, called the Ordinskaya Cave. It is the second longest in Eurasia. In gypsum, it is the longest in world cave.

Things to note

Before you try ice diving, you must have an Ice Diver Certificate. You can obtain this certification from any international water federation. In Russia, the best time for ice diving is February to April. During the winter time, check out also the Northern Lights, where auroras are all night long in the summer time. In the polar regions, the weather is clear in the middle of winter, that is also the coldest when you can see an aurora. Ice diving is a year round event in Russia. The water temperature is around 2ºC in Winter, 23ºC in the Summer. The air may be colder down to -10ºC and the summer air is up to 30ºC.

Free Diving

Diving with Beluga ©

Diving with Beluga

Free diving with a Beluga whale in the Russian arctic circle is possible. What it really means is that be a free-diver wo hitches a lift with a distinctive melon-shaped head Beluga whale in the Russia’s White Sea. If you are brave enough, you may even swim underwater with no air tanks for about two minutes. The way to go about it is to grab a passing Beluga whale which glides through the water. These whales can be up to five meters in length. You can catch a free ride and be towed for several seconds. As Beluga Whales only live in the sub-Arctic and Arctic waters, they are absolutely protected from the sub-zero temperatures by their thick layer of blubber. They lived in diving depths of more than 2000ft. They can grab your arm or leg with their mouth, but be sure do not let them grab your knee-cap as it can be slightly painful. The green glow when you looked up is totally a breathtaking experience.


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