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Alaskan’s Adventures in Kamchatka: Interview with Scott McMurren

Yakutia Airlines’ direct summer flights from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on the Kamchatka Peninsula opens up more opportunities for Alaskans to visit Russia’s most exotic places with endless opportunities to explore dramatic landscapes, unique wildlife, native cultures and hospitality. We are interviewing Alaska travel expert and travel blogger Scott McMurren, who shares his recent experience traveling to Kamchatka. Q: Tell our …

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Kamchatka Celebrates Its ‘Volcano Day’

Volcano Day in Kamchatka, August 19-21, 2016 Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula hosts 300 volcanoes, 30 of which are active. The Day of the Volcano is an official holiday in Kamchatka gathering annually several thousand locals and visitors at the foot of Avacha Volcano. The main event is the climb to the top of the Avacha volcano (2700 meters/6562 feet). Approximate time …

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Faces of Russia

Travel is not only about the places you visit, but also about people we meet while traveling. So much of a person, and of a place, is written on the face. A smile from a child in Yakutia village, a gap-toothed grin from a babushka in Kamchatka, or a solemn frown from a pedestrian in downtown – we want to …

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Kuril Lake

The splendor and unique qualities of Kuril Lake rival many beautiful lakes on earth. It is located in Kamchatka’s utmost south and is the second largest after Kronotskoye Lake. Wild rocky shores, impassable scrub, remoteness from the peninsula’s capital make the lake hard to reach. However, thanks to helicopter excursions people can admire this glittering diamond of Kamchatka nature at …

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Yakutia Airlines Launches Japan-Sakhalin Service

On May 1, 2016 Yakutia Airlines will inaugurate weekly scheduled service between Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (UUS) and Tokyo (Narita – NRT). The flights will operate on Sundays utilizing Sukhoi Superjet aircraft configured with Economy and Premium Economy service. Yakutia’s schedule is coordinated with those of major carriers operating into Tokyo (NRT) from the US to allow for convenient connections. In addition, a  …

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How Was Your Trip to Kamchatka? Traveler Janet Read Answers Our Questions

Alaskan Janet Read traveled to Kamchatka this past summer; here she shares her impressions and advice. Last Spring she attended travel blogger Scott McMurren’s special event, “Travel Secrets Revealed” in Anchorage and was the winner of a prize sponsored by AirRussia.US: round-trip tickets to Kamchatka, Russia. Q: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself. I am the very Lucky …

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Questions with Martha Madsen: Adventure Travel Specialist on Kamchatka, Russia

Who doesn’t want to travel the world, discover dramatic landscapes and unique wildlife, experience local cultures and food? We are interviewing American Martha Madsen – hailing from Homer, Alaska – owner of  the Explore Kamchatka Guest House, a woman behind many exciting adventure tours in Kamchatka, who has lived on the peninsula for 21 years. Q: You run an adventure …

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Kamchatka’s Hot Springs

Second only to Kamchatka’s volcanoes for visitor attractions, are thermal springs finding their way to the surface from the bosom of the earth. The peninsula abounds in hundreds of springs, many are accessible, others more challenging to reach. Some springs are on the territory of nature reserves, while others are out of reach in the mountains. Here is described the …

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Discover and Book Unique Travel Experiences in Yakutia

Yakutia is one of the rare places on Earth where vast wild spaces have been left completely untouched by civilization. The resumption of Anchorage – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky – Yakutsk flights makes travel to and from Yakutsk convenient and comfortable. We have assembled the list of unique tours for you to consider this summer: LENA RIVER CRUISES. Cruise along the Lena River …

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FROM KAMCHATKA EXPLORER MAGAZINE: The Volcanoes of Kamchatka: Southern Group

Vilyuchinsky Volcano’s regular cone, visible across Avacha Bay from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, even from a distance stirs ones imagination with its majesty and splendor. Dazzling white in winter or grey and white from alternate lines of rock edges and snow paths in summer, Viluchinsky is a true gem of Avacha Bay. Its view is set off by steam pillars, produced by two …