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Kamchatka

Kamchatka (peninsula in the far east of Russia) was born of fire, like the Earth itself. Kamchatka has never seen quiet - its history is one of continuous, violent rebirth. It is the most active area of our planet where volcanic activity manifests itself in all its beauty. Almost everywhere the skyline is contoured with volcanoes. It composed of more than 160 volcanoes, 29 of which are still active. In addition there is a multitude of thermal and mineral springs, geysers and other phenomena of active volcanism. The volcanic area of Kamchatka has been declared since 1996 a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Kamchatka is no doubt one of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen in your life.

Dangling across from Alaska between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea, the 1000km-long Kamchatka Peninsula (also known as Kamchatskaya oblast) is without doubt one of Russia's - and possibly the world's - most beautiful regions. A 'mini-Alaska, ' Kamchatka is more often called, accurately, the 'land of fire and ice'.

The territory of the Kamchatka area and all Kamchatka is one of the richest in the world on natural and recreational resources. Thermal and mineral sources on the Kamchatka, volcanoes and the glaciers, a well-known Valley of geysers, various, in the majority of places the flora is not touched with a civilization and fauna, create the big opportunities for development of ecological tourism, sports fishing, mountain-skiing tourism, mountaineering.

In the Kamchatka area are 2 national parks, 17 state animal areas, and 169 unique natural objects, including nature sanctuaries, 5 natural parks. 27% territories of Kamchatka area are referred to a category protected. Five natural territories on the Kamchatka are included by UNESCO in the List of the World cultural and natural heritage, incorporated under the general name "Volcanoes of Kamchatka ".

Such natural phenomena concern to recreational potential on the Kamchatka, exotic objects and features of area, as grandiose mountain tops with an abundance extinct or active volcanoes, set of hot and cold mineral sources, geysers, located, as a rule, in the picturesque valleys surrounded with mountains with tops raised to the sky, the eternal snows covered, with the slopes overgrown with violent greens and the Alpine meadows, first of all.

Kamchatka is extraordinary rich in water resources: about 14000 rivers and springs, about 100000 big and small lakes, 414 glaciers with the area of 871,1km2 in total. In territory of Kamchatka are 29 working and about 150 extinct volcanoes, 274 mineral sources, 160 from which are hot, it is totaled 37 kinds of wild animals, all kinds of a Pacific salmon. Woods are rich in berry, a ramson, the glutton, beavers live in wild places and otters, set of a fur animal and game a lynx.

Coast of peninsula gives unforgettable impressions, abruptly breaking rocks in foamed waves of the sea, parting with the most beautiful bays and gulfs, the rivers with crystal-clear water, hundred thousand sea birds on ledges of rocks and eagles. On set stony islands have a rest numerous seals, and in coastal waters play dolphins and white whales, float majestic whales. Kamchatka

A plenty of the nature sanctuaries representing unique sources on the Kamchatka, falls, rocks, volcanoes, islands with colonies of birds, lakes and fjords, hills and natural boundaries, fish and animal areas and close areas always will involve the tourists loving a nature. Presence of active volcanic activity, mountain tops in height more than 3000 and 4000 meters, the rough rivers and the seas, coastal waters, rich in fauna, historical monuments, still will cause interest as at cause still interest at foreign tourists, scientific, climbers, fans (amateurs) to observe of birds, animal, plants and all variety of a untouched nature.

August is the peak travel season, though winter trips are equally enticing.