Discover UNESCO Treasures in Russia’s Far East

Adventure travelers experiencing the eruption of Kamchatka's Plosky Tolbachik volcano. Photo by Denis Budkov

Adventure travelers experiencing the eruption of Kamchatka’s Plosky Tolbachik volcano. Photo by Denis Budkov

Direct flights from Anchorage on Yakutia Airlines 

Discover some of the greatest UNESCO World Heritage sites in Siberia and the Russian Far East, now accessible at your fingertips. With the resumption of Yakutia Airlines’ direct flights from Alaska to Kamchatka and Yakutsk, these great places have become easy for American travelers to explore. Kamchatka’s Geysers and Volcanoes, the Lena Pillars, the Sikhote Alin range, Lake Baikal, and Wrangel Island are all breathtaking landscapes, preserved for their unique beauty and rich untouched ecological habitats.

KAMCHATKA VOLCANOES: Kamchatka, Russia’s adventure travel capital, teems with wildlife like brown bears, the Steller sea eagle, and the world’s largest salmon, and its geysers and volcanoes form a UNESCO Heritage Site. The region contains over 300 volcanoes and calderas, 29 of them active.

The flight to Kamchatka continues on to Yakutsk, home to LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK. These picturesque cliffs reach up to 900 feet high and extend for miles along the Lena river.

Lena Pillars Nature Park. Photo: Bongiozzo

Lena Pillars Nature Park. Photo: Bongiozzo

SIKHOTE-ALIN mountain range, located in Khabarovsk and Primorsky regions, is renowned for its unique wildlife. This unusual mix of taiga forest and subtropics is a home for endangered species like the Siberian tiger, Himalayan bear, and lynx.

LAKE BAIKAL, near Irkutsk, is the largest, deepest, and oldest freshwater lake in the world that needs no introduction and will be an experience of a lifetime for any traveler. It provides countless opportunities for outdoor activities, including fishing, kayaking, rafting, wildlife watching and more.

Baikal seal (nerpa) lives only in the waters of Lake Baikal. Photo: Sergey Gabdurakhmanov

Baikal seal (nerpa) lives only in the waters of Lake Baikal. Photo: Sergey Gabdurakhmanov

WRANGEL ISLAND: Located above the Arctic Circle, was declared a federally managed nature sanctuary in 1976, and it remains one of Russia’s remotest pieces of protected wilderness. Wrangel Island is difficult to get to independently, so consider booking an expedition cruise run by Heritage Expeditions. Your adventure begins with a flight from Nome, Alaska to the remote port of Anadyr.

CONNECTIONS: If you plan to visit most of the UNESCO sites in the Russian Far East,  consider connections from Yakutia Airlines’ gateway cities of Yakutsk and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Read more…

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For more articles about travel to the Russian Far East, check our 2015 June Newsletter.

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