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Kamchatka Peninsula

Listed under Volcanoes in Far Eastern Russia, Russia.

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  • Photo of Kamchatka Peninsula
  • Photo of Kamchatka Peninsula
  • Photo of Kamchatka Peninsula
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‘Land of Fire and Ice’, the Kamchatka Peninsula is one of Russia’s most spectacular natural beauties. It’s also less well known than some of Russia’s other large scale natural wonders.

Rising between the Pacific ocean and the deep gulf of the Sea of Okhotsk, this narrow strip of land has the world’s highest concentration of volcanoes - more than 160, of which 29 are active, and volcanic phenomena like geysers, earthquakes and tsunamis. Added to this natural drama is the climate which can offer surprises, unexpectedly snowing in summer, so be prepared for four seasons in one day as well as the earth to rumble.

A beautiful setting to hike, trek or fish in (you don’t need a permit yet), the vastness of the spaces makes this perfect heliskiing and cross country skiing territory - it’s remote and everything is BIG. And you can top off your day with a dip in one of the thermal springs.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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“Volcanoes of Kamchatka”

'This is one of the most outstanding volcanic regions in the world, with a high density of active volcanoes, a variety of types, and a wide range of related features. The six sites included in the serial designation group together the majority of volcan… Read more...

Written by press. UNESCO

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what tours would be available to the region? or rather, would you recomend several small organisations ?

More peaceful than it looks

Best of Russian natural beauty, see the grandness of the volcanoes, ‘friendly’ fish eating bears, teams of bird life including rarer eagles and other creatures endemic to the region. Nomadic groups still survive within this spectacular setting. Most are fishermen or reindeer herders and it is possible to visit some of them by helicopter. Kamchatka looks fearsome but the volcanoes are peaceful as are the bears, other wildlife and ethnic groups that make this place so special.

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