The Pym-Va-Shor Hot Springs are located in the vast Adzva river basin on the border of the Republic of Komi and the Nenets Autonomous Okrug. It is a huge outdoor healing bath. Useful minerals are dissolved in the spring waters in large quantities: titanium, chromium, iron, zinc, nickel, copper, bromine, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, nitrogen, and radon. There is a local legend that the springs return youth and beauty to women, give courage and strength to men, return eyesight to the elderly, and completely heal wounds.
The water temperature in the hot springs all year round ranges fr om +18 to +28 ° C. They do not freeze even in severe frost, allowing for extreme winter swimming: Snowy mountains hang over the hot pools, while snow falls and melts in the water, fr om which hot steam arises into the cold air.
Pym Va Shore are the only hot springs north of the Arctic Circle. Scientists explain this natural wonder by the presence of an underground volcanic hearth that appeared several million years ago at the end of the Tertiary period and has been slowly cooling down since then. At an altitude of about 10 meters above the stream, bizarre geological caverns hang over. They take the form of mysterious caves and shelters. Hot water outburst in the valley have created a special microclimate wh ere the spring and summer come earlier than on the tundra.
Tourists often call Pym-Va-Shor a stream of living and dead water, because apart from the eight hot springs, there are five cold karst springs, wh ere the temperature ranges from 1 to 6 degrees Celsius.
Near the springs in a dark cave there is an ancient Samoyed temple called Khamyat-penzi. Many local legends and popular beliefs are associated with it. In the temple archaeologists discovered an ancient altar with the remains of sacrificed animals, Stone Age encampments, and shamanistic ritual sites.
One and a half kilometers downstream along the Adzva river is the Dor-Shor stream. It flows in a narrow, deep canyon through a cascade of waterfalls.
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