You’ve visited the cafes and relaxed on the riverfront, so aren’t you ready for something a little more adrenaline-pumping?
Sometimes life feels too monotonous and quiet for our own liking. Although staying in our comfort zones is pleasing and safe, deep down, everyone has the urge to experience new things and embark on an adventure. If the adventure that you’re yearning for happens to be fast-paced, extreme, and fearsome, then you’re in luck. Today we’re discussing the top thrill-seeker activities you can do in and around Kyiv – but just a warning, they aren’t for the faint-hearted!
1. Ziplines at Troleynyy Park, Kyiv
If you want to start with something a little more ‘grounded’, then this is the perfect activity for you. Located in Peremoha Park near the Darnytsia metro station, Troleynyy Park offers an adventure course of puzzling bridges and thrilling descents as you climb from one treetop to another on a zipline. Each section of the course will challenge you in new ways as you wobble, balance, and enjoy the thrill of it all. You even get to cross over a lake – how cool! Maybe this is where you’ll discover your unknown climbing talent, and in a year or two you’ll take on the Carpathian Mountains. The best way to get the hang of it is by taking two routes: number 2 and 4, which are 270 UAH on weekdays and 320 UAH on weekends. The park is open everyday from 10.00 to 20.00.
2. Bungee jumping in Kamyanets-Podilskyi
If you want to level up your adrenaline rush, then fooling your body into thinking that you’ve fallen off a bridge is definitely a suitable option. The “Running Deer” bridge in Kamyanets-Podilskyi is the highest bridge in Ukraine, standing at 43 meters tall, and it’s the most popular for bungee jumpers. Bungee jumping from this bridge will give you a 2.5 second freefall – a unique sensation like no other. It may not seem like a long time but try telling that to your brain; it’ll feel like you were falling for ten times longer than that. There’s no other bridge like this one in Ukraine, and it’s an experience thrill-seekers can’t afford to miss. The bridge is located about 6.5 hours out of Kyiv, and you can make your jump for 400 UAH on weekends. You can book over the phone at +380933132000 or +380977132000. The instructor will answer all your questions and explain the basics.
3. Parachuting with Airfield “Chaika”
To experience an extreme level of adrenaline while feeling as free as a bird, you need to try the ultimate thrill-seeker activity: parachuting. If this is what you’re looking for, the Chaika Airfield can easily realize your wish. You’ll first feel an overwhelming rush of excitement and adrenaline as you get ready to leap from the plane with your instructor. Once you jump, you’ll freefall for about 3 kilometres at a speed of 180 kilometres per hour – how nuts! After this, your instructor will open up the parachute and you’ll glide for about five minutes, enjoying incredible panoramic views of the country. It is a truly unforgettable experience and the best way to really see Ukraine’s countryside. You can do all this for 3800 UAH if you weigh under 90 kilograms or 4100 UAH if you weigh over 90 kilograms, with 120 kilograms being the limit. Parachuting is only available on weekends, and you can buy the certificate on the official site: https://www.chayka.aero/tandem-jump?task=confirmreservation. The Airfield Chaika is located near Kyiv. To get there, take a 37A bus from Zhytomyrska metro station and get off at “Pecherska Street”, then take a 15-minute walk to Aviakonstruktora 8.
So, will you attempt one of these adrenaline-pumping activities before the summer ends? Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet!
1) Louis-Sébastien Lenormand, the inventor of the parachute, made a successful jump from a tower in 1783 to demonstrate his wooden-framed parachute. A parachute has a lot of air resistance, meaning whatever is hanging from it is safe and secure. He first intended the parachute to be a safety-device to help trapped people inside burning buildings to have a way of escape. The word parachute comes from the French words parer (to protect) and chute (to fall).
2) Bungee jumping is named after the strong elasticated cords that are generally used to strap down luggage. Oxford students were the first to perform a bungee jump and did so from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol on April Fools’ Day in 1979. The four students were dressed in top hats and tails and were immediately arrested after jumping.