Lack risk in your life? Maybe you are ready to bring your love of extreme sports in a brand new level? Prepare yourself! Here comes a list of five mad checkpoints to include in your road trip.
Stelvio Pass Road, Italy
This road is located near the Italian towns of Bormio and Sulden. On the north side of the road is 48 impressive hairpin curves, which makes driving in this area one of the most exciting even for most experienced and spoiled travelers.
2008 Top Gear voted on the Stelvio Pass as “The best driving road in the world”, which immediately increased the popularity of the road. It was built in the 19th century and at that time connected the Austrian province of Lombardia with the rest of Austria. Stelvio Pass is the second highest mountain road in the Alps, and its length is 21.5 km. It’s not as deadly as other of the roads on this list, but the beautiful landscapes attract not only driving enthusiasts but backpackers, cyclists and many other adventure seekers each year. It is open from June to September.
This 90 km road stretches through the Romanian Carpathian Mountains and is full of sharp turns and tunnels. If you decide to come to the Transfagarasan road, be ready to burn some calories and nerve cells, cause this road requires full attention and use of drivers skills!
After Top Gear had named the Stelvio Pass as the best road for drivers in the world, Jemery Clarkson, after visiting Transfagarasan, confessed that they were wrong. This road is better than the Stelvio Pass! Nevertheless, the road is opened to all who are interested to get some serious dose of adrenaline and joy for only few short months a year – mainly from June to September. Unfortunately, in rest of the time it’s blocked by snow. Transfagarasan connects Romania with Transylvania Muntenia region; it was built in 1968 with a military application in case there was a need to protect the north, as at that time the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia.
Trans-Siberian highway, Russia
This highway is considered to be among the longest national highways in the world. Trans-Siberian highway, establishing a route consisting of seven other federal highways. The road stretches across all Russia – from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok – reaching an astonishing length of more than 11 000km.
The road from St. Petersburg to Irkutsk (one of the highway parts) was mentioned in Jules Verne’s novel “Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar ” which was written at the beginning of 1876.
The particular highway was built by the hands of Soviet concentration camp prisoners. Some parts of the road are in fairly good condition, but the rest can collapse any minute. If you intend to visit this place, remember, it’s dangerous and can be lethal. If possible, don’t go on your own, find someone to join your venture.
National tourist route from Geiranger to Trollstigen takes you to one of the largest and most dangerous driving roads in Europe, it will remain in your memory for a long time with its spectacular sights and breathtaking experience throughout the 106 km journey.
Trollstigen means “Troll Ladder”. On the Trollstigen road you will be able to find a road sign with a troll – an old Norwegian legend suggests that when touched by sunlight trolls turn into stones, so they can be seen only after the sunset. Particular road is a part of Norwegian National Road, connecting the city of Åndalsnes with the village of Valldal. With its steep slopes and 11 extremely sharp bends attracts almost 2000 tourist vehicles every day throughout a single season.
North Yungas Road (also known as Death Road), Bolivia
Death Road, located in the Andes Mountains, has the most fatalities per kilometer than any other track in the world. You should now be able to guess, where the road got its name. For this reason in 2006 a new, much safer way was opened to the traffic. Currently the road is closed for mechanical means of transportation, however, it is very popular among cyclists – more than 20 thousand of them every year visit this deadly place to test their physical and mental limits.