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Top-3 little known but amazing places in Russia ⠀

Category: Russia

You must already know that Russian nature is so rich for the real wonders! We continue to meet you with the most beautiful and astonishing places in Russia which are not that popular among the tourists!

Lake Elton
It is the largest salt lake in Russia located in Volgograd oblast (Southern part of the country). Water salinity in summer can reach 400 g/l, which is 1.5 times higher than in the Dead Sea. The depth of the lake rarely exceeds 7 centimetres in the summer and 1.5 meters in the spring. At first glance, it seems that Elton Lake is absolutely lifeless, but this is not true. Dunaliella Salina — single-celled alga adapted to extremely harsh conditions — feels great here. Due to it, the water in the lake has such an unusual pink colour.

Charsky Sands
This is a desert located in Zabaykalsky Krai, twenty kilometres away from the Kodar glaciers among snow-capped mountains, dense taiga and vast marshes. The array extends from the south-west to the north-east in the direction of the prevailing winds and covers an area of about 50 km². It is easy to get to the Sands in the winter months, although it can be very cold during this period — up to minus 40-50 Celsius. In spring it’s much harder to see the Charsky Sands as high rivers cut off the place from the rest of the world. In May the sands are blooming cause the Transbaikal snowdrops breakthrough from under the ground.

This place is the famous pole of the cold. It is considered the coldest point of the Northern Hemisphere and the coldest settlement on Earth. Snow lies in Oymyakon from 213 to 229 days a year. The temperature difference in summer and winter can reach more than 100 ° C. Children go to school at –50 ° C. Mostly people are engaged in cattle breeding, reindeer husbandry, fishing. The shortest day in December lasts for three hours, but in summer there is a midnight sun. Summer is also characterized by a large temperature difference: it can be +30 ° C in the day, and below zero at night.

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