Kamchatka - uVisitRussia


Kamchatka (peninsula in the Far East of Russia) is a unique place, born of fire, like the Earth itself. Kamchatka has never been 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. The skyline is almost everywhere contoured with volcanoes. It is 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. Since 1996, UNESCO has declared Kamchatka volcanic area a World Heritage Site. Kamchatka is no doubt one of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen.

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 often called the 'land of fire and ice'.

The territory of the Kamchatka area and Kamchatka itself is one of the richest in the world in terms of natural and recreational resources. Thermal and mineral sources, volcanoes and glaciers, a well-known Valley of geysers, various flora and fauna untouched by civilization create great opportunities for the development of ecological tourism, sport fishing, mountain-skiing tourism, mountaineering.

In Kamchatka area there are 2 national parks and 169 unique natural objects, including nature sanctuaries, 5 natural parks. 27% of Kamchatka territory is a protected area. UNESCO has also included this territory in the List of the World cultural and natural heritage under the name ‘Volcanoes of Kamchatka’.

Kamchatka exotic objects and features such as an abundance of extinct or active volcanoes, mineral water springs, geysers located in picturesque valleys surrounded by snow-covered mountains and slopes covered with green and Alpine meadows create a natural phenomenon and Kamchatka recreational potential. Region water resources are also extraordinary:  about 14000 rivers and springs, about 100000 lakes, 414 glaciers covering the area of 871,1 km2 in total, not to mention 37 kinds of wild animals and all kinds of Pacific salmon, inhabiting the area. Woods are rich in berry, a ramson (wild garlic), beavers, otters, fur animals and even lynx live in wild places.

The peninsula coastal line gives an unforgettable impression with foaming waves crashing onto the rocks, beautiful bays and gulfs, crystal-clear rivers and seabirds and eagles on rock ledges. Seals rest on stony islands while dolphins play in coastal waters and majestic white whales lazily float in the open seas.

This natural diversity, from falls, rocks, volcanoes, lakes, hills and natural boundaries to birds colonies, fish and thousands animals representing Kamchatka unique sources will always attract tourists who admire nature. Thus, active volcanoes, mountain tops more than 3000 and 4000 meters high, rough rivers and seas as well as historical monuments still cause an interest due to which thousands foreign tourists, climbers, scientists and geologists long to visit this place to see an untouched nature.

August is the peak travel season, though winter trips are no any less enticing.