Kamchatka is more often called, accurately, the ‘land of fire and ice’ and is without doubt one of Russia’s most beautiful regions. The Kamchatka Peninsula is located in the far East Russia, between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk, revealing its many wonders: volcano geysers, majestic, cone-shaped mountains, crater lakes, boundless glaciers, immense forests, rivers filled with salmon and parks with wild animals.
Kamchatka is simply an adventure traveller’s dream, from ski-treks in virgin snows to hikes into pristine wilderness, unforgettable heliskiing, wilderness travel and local indigenous cultures.
The remote Kamchatka peninsula, located in the Russian Far East and surrounded by seas of Okhotsk and Bering is a gift for the senses and for nature lovers. Kamchatka contains one of the largest volcanic chains in the world (World Heritage Site by UNESCO) with more than 160 volcanoes, 30 of which are still active, which is explained because the peninsula lies in the so-called Ring of Fire of the Pacific, the most volcanically active area in our planet.
Kamchatka also has a varied fauna including notably the grizzly bear, with an estimated population of 1,400 individuals whose habitat spreads throughout the peninsula. Other terrestrial mammals in Kamchatka are: red fox, moose, wolverine, weasel and several species of squirrels. Notable among the birds is the Steller Eagle, the largest of the eagles that inhabit the planet. Kamchatka is also the area of the world that has a greater variety of salmon species that in summertime attract the attention of bears in search of their favorite food.
As for cetaceans, the waters around Kamchatka are the habitat of several species such as the humpback whale, the sperm whale or fin whale.Kamchatka’s wildlife
The amazing diversity of Kamchatka’s wildlife has a diverse range of numerous species: brown bear, fox, polar fox, hare, sable, mink, lynx, wolverine, squirrel, elk, northern reindeer, snow-ram, otter, musk-rat and others. Among the sea animals we distinguish whales, seals, sea otters, and also crabs, clams, sea urchins and others.
Kamchatka is one of the best places in the world to observe the brown bear in its natural habitat.
The local indigenous tribes (Itelmens, Koryaks and Evens) still maintain its nomadic way of life. As rain deer herders they can be found in the central part of the peninsula wearing traditional animal skins and carrying collapsible ger-a-like houses. Most of the Evens lived along the northern Sea of Okhotsk coastline. They came to Kamchatka about 150 years ago.
Places to visit
Bystrinsky Nature Park – Comprises some of the most dramatic mountains, high tundra and birch forests on Kamchatka.
Anavgai and Esso villages – They are located within the Bystrinsky Park boundaries. The preservation of the traditions of these aboriginal people is the park’s primary goal.
Klyuchevskoy Natural Park – It was established in December 1999 and called to fill in the missing and most striking element of the World Heritage site of Kamchatka’s volcanoes.
Kronotsky Reserve – Is a multi-faceted jewel covering 1,007,134 hectares of land, as well as a 3-mile zone of 152 miles of shoreline. The reserve’s mountains, glaciers, active and extinct volcanoes, rivers, lakes, islands, beaches, and rugged shoreline shows its variety of ecosystems and remarkable biodiversity.
Who travels with us to Kamchatka?
Kamchatka is the preferential destination for adventure seekers who are looking for a personal connection with nature, wilderness and locals.