In this review on the online travel guide Geomerid you can read about the anomalous zones of Russia. These places do not need to be associated with "lost" places where people get sick or disappear. Mysterious phenomena occur in these places that attract various esotericists, but the anomalous zones of Russia from this list are of great interest to all people:

1.    Mount Vottovaara, Karelia
2.    German airfield, Elbrus
3.    Glade of stone mushrooms, Elbrus
4.    Glade of Desires at the Ullu-Tau Mountain
5.    Temple of the Sun, Crimea
6.    Dancing forest, Curonian Spit
7.    Cape Meganom, Crimea
8.    Golosov ravine, Moscow
9.    Sami labyrinths, Solovetsky Islands

1.    Mount Vottovaara, Karelia

Mount Vottovaara is one of the most famous anomalous zones in Russia. It is often called the Place of Power. On the mountain, you can see a lot of amazing things that are difficult to explain from a scientific point of view: Sami seids, stones with perfectly smooth splits, twisted trees, Stairs to the Sky and just very beautiful landscapes of Karelian nature. So far, not many tourists come to Mount Vottovaara. The main reason is the lack of transport and tourist infrastructure. 

At the foot of the Vottovaara Mountain, you can see absolutely healthy coniferous and deciduous trees. Their height reaches several tens of meters, and the trunks are covered with bark. As you climb to the top of Vottovaara, some abnormal phenomena begin to occur with the trees. There is not a single living tree on the top of Vottovaara that is several decades old. Over time, the trunks of adult trees on Vottovaara begin to rotate around their axis. The branches also rotate around their axis, and nodes appear on them. As soon as the trunk and branches begin to rotate around their axis, the bark completely falls off, since it cannot rotate. A tree without bark immediately dries up. There is no explanation why this happens.

On the mountain, visitors can see the famous Sami Seids of Vottovaara. These are large stones standing on small "legs" (3-4 small stones). There are also versions about the anthropogenic origin of the Seids on Vottovaara. According to these sources, seids were installed by ancient Sami tribes for religious purposes. Seid Ukko’s Head is a place of power on Mount Vottovaara. It is located on a picturesque stone ridge that rises above the Amphitheater. Followers of esoteric teachings believe that the stone is endowed with mystical energy and power, which is transmitted to everyone who is ready to accept it.

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2.    German airfield, Elbrus

The German airfield is a vast natural plateau at an altitude of 2850 meters. It is a famous landmark on the northern slope of Elbrus. It is visited not only by climbers who climb to the top of Elbrus, but also by trekking enthusiasts who make one-day hikes along the routes from Glade of Emmanuel to the Glade of Stone Mushrooms. 

The legend of the German Airfield tells about the presence of the German military in these places, and not ordinary military, but the mysterious Ahnenerbe service. This secret organization was subordinate to Heinrich Himler, but Adolf Hitler also showed great interest in its activities. Ananerbe studied the heritage of the ancestors of the Aryan race. Their goal is to prove the racial superiority of the Aryan race over all other races, through historical, anthropological and archaeological research.  

The German airfield on Elbrus is a place, where people from Ahnenerbe allegedly searched for the entrance to Shambhala. In addition to the search for Hyperborea, the leaders of Ahnenerbe believed that Tibet could also be the ancestral homeland of the Aryans. According to this legend, Elbrus is the Mountain of the Aryans (the forefathers of the people of the Aryan race), a place of power and a "Gateway to Shambhala". There are details in the story about the landing of the German Focke-Wulf 189 aircraft. Allegedly, the German military brought swarthy people in white clothes on this plane. These were Tibetan lamas who were taken to Elbrus to meditate and search for the entrance to Shambhala. There is a version that these lamas were later shot because they predicted the outcome of the war not in favor of Germany. 

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3.    Glade of stone mushrooms, Elbrus

The Glade of Stone Mushrooms is located at an altitude of 3200 meters on the northern slope of Elbrus. It is located on the route where climbers climb to the top, however, this place can also be considered as a goal for a mountain hike. The Glade of Stone Mushrooms attracts followers of various mystical teachings no less than the German Airfield, which is located a little lower down the slope of Elbrus. 

Various esotericists and followers of bioenergetic teachings call the Glade of Stone Mushrooms a "Place of Power". They believe that this place has esoteric healing powers; moreover, it is not only about spiritual purification, but also about healing from diseases. Some come here for meditation, like the Tibetan lamas that the Germans brought to the German Airfield in 1942. Some believe that here, and not at the German Airfield, the entrance to Shambhala is located.  

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4. Glade of Desires at the Ullu-Tau Mountain

The Glade of Desires at the foot of Ullu-Tau Mountain is one of the most famous mystical places in the mountainous Caucasus. Many peoples of the Caucasus consider it a Place of Power and come here to ask Ullu-Tau Mountain for the fulfillment of their innermost desires. The inhabitants of the mountainous Caucasus call the mountain Ullu-Tau: "Mother-Mountain" or "God`s Mountain". According to the belief, most often women come here who ask the Mother-Mountain for the birth of a child, and these desires are fulfilled.

The Glade of Desires is located at the foot of Ullu-Tau Mountain. In this place, a glacier in the form of a lotus flower on the northern slope of the mountain is very clearly visible. The shape of this glacier gives mysticism to the mountain, since in Eastern religions the lotus flower is a symbol of purity and perfection. Such should be the thoughts of people coming to the Glade of Desires to Mount Ullu-Tau. When people come to the Glade of Desires, they make a wish and build their small pyramids out of stones.

5.    Temple of the Sun, Crimea

The excursion to the Temple of the Sun is one of the most interesting in Crimea. It is located near Mount St. Elias (Ilyas-Kaya); 5 kilometers from the village of Laspi and 10 kilometers from Foros resort. The Temple of the Sun in Crimea has many epithets: Place of Power, Crimean Stonehenge, Stone Flower, Dragon Teeth. Both lovers of esotericism and ordinary tourists talk about the special energy that is felt on the top of the mountain, near the altar. 

Despite its sacred and mysterious name, the Temple of the Sun in Crimea is a natural attraction. At the foot of Mount Ilyas Kaya, 7 pointed rocks are placed around the central stone. They stand strictly in a circle, while all 7 pointed rocks of the Temple of the Sun have a slight outward slope, like a huge stone flower.  

Followers of esoteric teachings believe that the stone that stands in the center is an altar. The stones around the altar of the Temple of the Sun are the petals of a construction that accumulates the energy of the cosmos and allows you to get power. This is a Place of Power. On the altar, you can often see people lying down, who are gaining this Power. 

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6.    Dancing forest, Curonian Spit

The Dancing Forest at the 37th kilometer of the Curonian Spit is the most famous and most popular tourist route. Many believe it to be a mystical place. When on the Curonian Spit you should visit the Dancing Forest. 

The Dancing forest (also known as the Drunk Forest) is a small part of a pine forest one kilometer away from the main road. The forest dates back to 1961. Near the highway the trees have normal straight trunks but as they approach the «mystical» square their trunks begin to twist. At the outer side of the area trees twist quite a little but in the center of the Dancing Forest they have very strange twists, and some of them are even loop-shaped. And with that the trees look quite healthy and continue to grow in spite of fantastic twists.

According to one version, this phenomenon is due to the fact that this place is an anomalous zone with the strongest cosmic energies making the trees twist. Some people believe that a portal to a parallel world with energy bands is located in this place. Naturalists also have noticed that there have never been any bird in this place. 

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7.    Cape Meganom, Crimea

Cape Meganom is a large peninsula, which is located 10 kilometers east of Sudak. It is called one of the driest places in the Crimea, but this nature has its own charm. Ordinary visitors come to Cape Meganom with a short excursion, and followers of esoteric teachings consider it a Place of Power and come here for their rituals. 

The length of the coastline of Cape Meganom reaches 15 kilometers. Tourists most often visit its western shore, since there is a lighthouse and a military unit on the eastern shore, where access is closed. The most beautiful weathering rocks "Penitent Monks" are located above the Gravel Bay.  

If you go even further, you will see various pagan and Hindu "temples": Shiva Temple, Ganesha Temple, Hanuman Temple. They are self-made altars that are visited by numerous followers of various esoteric teachings. They consider Cape Meganom a Place of Power, the same as the Temple of the Sun in Foros. Followers of esoteric teachings tell various legends about Cape Megan: the appearance of yellow rings on the surface, the appearance of UFOs, the appearance of ghosts. All this attracts many visitors. 

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8.    Golosov ravine, Moscow

This ravine cut the Kolomenskoye National Park in two parts. The historical sights of the park are on one side of the ravine, while a space of over a hundred hectares on the other side of the ravine is almost untouched. On the untouched side of the ravine only the Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist is located. There are many legends and mystic stories related with that part of the park, and the Golosov Ravine properly is acknowledged to be one of the most anomalous areas in the Central Russia.

There are two stones not far away from the springs. The weight of the stones is about 5 tons each, though above the ground only their tops can be seen. These stones were considered sacred and worshiped by pagan tribes over a thousand years ago. One of the stones is called Goose. The other stone – Virgin. Walking in the ravine you may often see the people sitting on the stones. Goose is a male stone. It is believed that the stone gives virile strength to all men who sit on it. Virgin stone is a female stone. It helps to cure certain women diseases, especially barrenness. Those who measured the energy about the stones with biolocation frame prove that the frame turned clockwise, which means that the energy is positive. 

Both the numerous measurements of enthusiasts and the tests of psychics, as well as the scientific investigations of the General Physics Institute prove the electromagnetic field of the earth is significantly increased in the ravine. All the way along the ravine the level of electromagnetic radiation is 12 times above the standard, and about the stones it is 27 times above the standard.

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9. Sami labyrinths, Solovetsky Islands

The nature of the Bolshoi Zayatsky Island is very different from that of the Solovki, where one can see a common northern forest, or the Botanic Garden of the Makarievskaya Hermitage, where the monks even cultivated water-melons. And on the Bolshoi Zayatsky Island one can admire the beauties of the true subpolar landscape. The ground is covered with boulders overgrown with northern mosses. Here and there one can see dwarf trees, and the ground is covered with a continuous thick carpet of berry bush and grasses. The Bolshoi Zayatsky Island was declared a reserve zone. 

The unique attractions of the Bolshoi Zayatsky Island are the stone mazes and sanctuaries of the ancient tribes of the White Sea Region. In the northern regions of Europe there survived many stone labyrinths dating back to 1-2 millenniums Before Christ, but the biggest of them are on Bolshoi Zayatsky Island. During the excursion you can see 4 mazes, including the largest in Europe stone maze of 30 meters in diameter.

Scientists still disagree as to the purpose of these labyrinths. According to some versions, they were intended for cultic dances and khorovods (round dance). Maybe, they were used for ritual purposes – a pyre was made in the center of the labyrinth, so that the soul of the dead could not leave the other world. Apart from the labyrinths, on the island one can see the ancient burial mounds (about half a meter of height) made of boulders.

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