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:
Take Yakutia Airlines’ flight from Alaska to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky! Russia’s Kamchatka is just a 4.5 hour flight from Anchorageб and just 3 hours further lies Yakutsk. Check out schedules and fares. At Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, passengers can make connections to fly to other cities in the Russian Far East.
Adventure Travel & UNESCO Heritage Sites
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.
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.
Wilderness & 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.
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.
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 diverse ethnic restaurants. From Anadyr to Yakutsk to Vladivostok, you’ll experience the richness of this region’s cultures.
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.
Useful Links & Resources:
- Alaska – Russian Far East Flights: Direct, non-stop air service between Alaska and Kamchatka on Yakutia Airlines.
- Everything You Need to Know About Russian Visas.
- Check Kamchatka Travel Portal. It provides a wealth of information about many local activities, restaurants, hotels, and more.