Photo: Stanislav Silich, ukraine.ua/imagebank

Get an adventure in Ukraine

Ready to feel your heart beating? From skydiving and bungee jumping to kitesurfing and wakeboarding, we’ve made a shortlist of the best adventure sports you can try in Ukraine: 

The diversity of nature and landscapes makes Ukraine a perfect destination for extreme sports and creates endless possibilities for different types of adventure. And rest assured that international standards delivered by high-quality operators can be expected.

Darnitsky bridge and yacht sailing in Dnipro river, Kyiv
photo: felker, Depositphotos

Here are our top-4 recommendations for an adventure trip to Ukraine: 

Skydiving

Skydiving, paragliding, ballooning — explore Ukraine from the sky! There are plenty of locations near the major cities of Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, and Kharkiv. However, the most picturesque locations are in the Carpathian mountains (just imagine gliding between the peaks) and near the medieval fortress in Kamianets-Podilskyi. Don’t miss out on the annual balloon festival there!  

Kitesurfing

Ukraine is a perfect place for kitesurfing: thermal winds, shallow waters, a long season, affordable prices (a 12-hour course only costs 360 USD). Conditions vary as you can ride on two seas — the Azov and Black seas: you can find flat water and waves, lighter conditions for beginners, as well as closed places with deep water for hydrofoil lessons. 

Genichesk, Koblevo, Lazurne, Serhiivka — these are just a few of the kitesurfing hotspots you’ll find in Ukraine. Located in the south of the country, they also offer opportunities to explore nearby regions or cities. 

Beautiful active fit blonde woman in her 30s
photo: Dmyrto_Z, Depositphotos

Wakeboarding and wakesurfing 

Can you imagine wake surfing, wakeboarding, or even windsurfing in the capital of Ukraine? It’s not just possible, it’s also very affordable! X-park, Skyfamily park, Osokor, Kyiv Sea — these are just a few of the locations in Kyiv where you can enjoy active water sports. 

Kayaking 

With endless rivers and mountain streams, Ukraine offers plenty of opportunities for kayaking fans. The best spots are in the Carpathians and on the Southern Bug River. Go in early spring when local rivers — Black and White Cheremosh, Black and White Tisza, Turbat, Hoverla, Kosiv, Prut, and others — are flooded due to the melting snow.

Adrenaline lovers will appreciate the river Hirskyi Tikych which has two four-meter waterfalls near the village of Bucky in the Cherkasy region. In summer, try the Myhia rapids on the Southern Bug. If you get there, be sure to try to overcome the threshold of the ‘Red Gate’ which is considered to be one of the most beautiful on the Southern Bug.

Kayaks on Dzharylhach island
photo: Alex Dudkov, Kyivkayaks

Already feeling adrenaline rushing in you? No time to think more, just pack the bags and book your tickets for an adventurous trip to Ukraine this summer!

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