This summer, the Russian Far East is more accessible to US travelers than ever before. Here are just a few reasons why you should discover this intriguing land for yourself:
It’s Close. Kamchatka is just a 4.5 hour flight from Anchorage, and just 3 hours further lies Khabarovsk. Round trip air fare to Kamchatka starts at $1048 (incl. taxes), and to Khabarovsk at the new reduced price of $1214 (incl. taxes). At Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, passengers can make the convenient 2 hour connection to fly to Yakutsk or Magadan.
Adventure Travel. Eastern Russia is home to many world class adventure travel destinations, including the UNESCO Heritage Sites Kamchatka volcanoes and geysers, Lake Baikal, Lena Pillars Nature Park, and the Sikhote-Alin range, habitat of the Amur tiger.
Kamchatka percolates with geothermal activity. World famous Valley of Geysers. Photo: Yakutia Airlines
Opportunity. The business climate in Russia has greatly stabilized since the turbulent 1990’s. Foreign and American businessmen are successfully doing business in Russia in ever greater numbers. The Russian federal government considers development of the Far East to be one of its highest priorities, and great economic growth is anticipated. The region is also well placed to be a transit and logistics hub for exporting Russian natural resources to other countries and importing consumer goods deeper into Russia.
AirRussia.US is offering a special one-week travel package, September 12-19, built around the upcoming September 17-18 Russian-American Pacific Partnership meeting (RAPP) in Vladivostok, Russia, with convenient departure and return through Anchorage, Alaska. Click here for details. Photo: Council for US-Russia Relations
Wilderness and Wildlife. Population density in the Russian Far East is slightly more than one person per square kilometer. This means most of the region is wilderness – untamed, untouched wilderness, rare to find anywhere else in the world. Kamchatka’s brown bears are some of the largest bears on the planet. It’s also a home to 50% of world’s population of Stellar’s Sea Eagle, the largest eagle on Earth. The Russian Far East is a fisherman’s paradise – Kamchatka is the spawning ground of one-quarter of the world’s Pacific salmon, and the Siberian taimen, the world’s largest trout, is found in the Lena and Amur rivers.
The Russian Far East is a fisherman’s paradise – Kamchatka is the spawning ground of one-quarter of the world’s Pacific salmon. Photo: The Fly Shop
Connections. Eastern Russia and the West Coast of the US have long been linked by multiple sister city relationships, business ties, educational and cultural exchanges. A friendly contact in the Russian Far East may be just the catalyst you need to create a new connection or rekindle an old friendship.
Culture. The cultural traditions of Russia, its indigenous peoples, and its Asian neighbors all overlap in Russia’s Far East. Take part in a dance performance, visit a Russian orthodox church, explore museums, or try out some of Vladivostok’s diverse ethnic restaurants. From Anadyr to Yakutsk to Vladivostok, you’ll experience the richness of this region’s cultures.
Native boys in Kamchatka playing traditional musical instruments. Photo: Kamchatintour
Trains, Planes, and Helicopters. There are many ways to get to Eastern Russia’s most interesting places. Plan a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway between Vladivostok and Lake Baikal, take a cruise on the Amur or Lena rivers, or visit Kamchatka’s Uzon Caldera and Valley of Geysers by helicopter.
Plan a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway between Vladivostok and Lake Baikal to enjoy the views of old Russian villages, scenic pastures, panoramic vistas, and surging rivers. Photo: JATM