During three hundred years within Russia Kamchatka is one of the least populated, least described, largest peninsula one of the richest regions of the world in natural and recreational resources. Being discovered by Cossacks after more than one year travel to reach, this jewel was first described only in 18th century. After establishing Peter and Paul fortress at Avacha gulf Kamchatka turned into a keystone port in exploring northern lands with any famous explorers visiting it, such as La Perouse for example.
For many years this region was impossible to visit even for ordinary Russian people, with first foreigners reaching this beautiful land only in the 90ies of the XX century. No doubts this land still keeps a lot of its mysteries to unravel. Lucky we’re that it’s now possible and rather easy to get there and enjoy wildlife, beautiful volcanoes, sceneries and unique flora and fauna.
Besides being difficult to reach and sparse populated, deliberate attempts to conserve this region were taken and resulted in success offering you plenty of natural places of interest, such as thermal and mineral springs, active volcanoes and the glaciers, a well-known Valley of geysers, untouched with a civilization flora and fauna.
I can accept that it sounds as an unbelievable mixture, but enjoying skiing or trekking, you will see 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, slopes overgrown with violent greens and the Alpine meadows, may be bear paths.
If you go for coastal experience the cold and unfriendly Pacific ocean will share its natural richness and besides getting unforgettable impressions of abruptly breaking rocks in foamed waves of the sea, parting with the most beautiful bays and gulfs, where go the rivers with crystal-clear water, you will see hundred thousand sea birds, or meet rare sea eagles. Some nearby islands or shores give a rest to numerous seals, with dolphins and white whales playing in the shallow waters.
It doesn’t matter how much time you spend at Kamchatka, or how many times you come. I bet that each time will be unforgettable starting with meeting the Klyuchevskaya Sopka (4750 m, the largest active volcano in the Northern Hemisphere) straight in the airport. I know that sometimes people start feeling that volcanoes are teasing them, no wonder as there more than 160 volcanoes in the central part of Kamchatka, 29 amongst are still active, and I saw pictures of that “teasing” – red tongues of lava, giving surreal impressions and amazing colors at night, enjoying rare flowers, meeting wild animals.
This is our first, welcoming word Kamchatka, an indescribable region, as we will try to give a thorough list of places to go, discoveries to make and share some of our impressions, besides facts and numbers.