ZAGREB, 09/30/2014
Croatian National Tourist Board backs an undertaking never performed before - a balloon flight into the Mamet Cave

With the aim to further improve promotion, and especially the promotion of active tourism, the Croatian National Tourist Board has supported a unique and interesting undertaking on a global scale. Ten years after the video of the parachute jump performed by Felix Baumgartner into the Mamet Cave has been viewed across the globe, this cave of the Velebit Mountain has become the scene of another incredible adventure. Ivan Trifonov, a seventy-year-old Austrian with Croatian passport, has become the first man alive who tried and managed to accomplish a balloon flight underground. The experienced hot air balloon pilot has been registered in the Guinness book of records four times so far, for hot air ballooning over the South Pole, the North Pole, and the Mediterranean Sea, and he is also the first man who stood, dived and flew over the North Pole all within 12 hours. The descent to the bottom of the Mamet Cave, and the successful exit from it is an unprecedented venture in this sport, and Trifonov’s fifth Guinness record. Trifonov has been inspired by the novelist and visionary Jules Verne and by his book Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

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