AirRussia attended the Travel and Adventure Show in the Bay Area on 16-17 February, 2013 to promote air travel and tourism to the Kamchatka Peninsula and Russia’s Far East. We discovered two things: we were likely the most exotic destination at the show and the excitement about air service to this remote region was overwhelming.
It was equally striking the number of people that have Kamchatka on their ‘bucket list.’ And once everyone heard the news that Kamchatka–the gateway to Russia’s Far East–is just an easy four-and-a-half hour flight from Anchorage, the questions started flying. The top three burning queries: What is it like? What is there to do? Where do I stay?
We thought we would put it in writing and recap our answers here.
What’s it like? Truthfully, like no other place on earth. And while it’s easy for us to say this–we’ve been there–we’ll give you some basic facts about the peninsula so you can conjure up an image that is on point. The peninsula is roughly the size of the state of California with a fraction of the population, which is mostly clustered in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the capital of the region which sits on the Pacific Ocean’s Avacha Bay, and Yelizovo, a charming suburb set along the Avacha River. There are more than 300 volcanoes dotting landscape, thirty of which are active. The Volcanoes of Kamchatka, a UNESCO world heritage site, is made up of six distinct regions: Bystrinsky Nature Park, Kronotsky Nature Reserve, Nalychevo Nature Park, Southern Kamchatka Nature Park, Southern Kamchatka State Nature Preserve and Kluchevskoy Nature Park. If you like nature and the wild, Kamchatka is a natural and wildlife paradise.
Trekkers on Avacha Volcano take a break to view Koryaksky Volcano. Photo: JATM
Kamchatka percolates with geothermal activity. World famous Valley of Geysers.
What is there to do? This is a tough question to answer because of the diversity in the region. But here’s our best ‘in a nutshell’ stab at it: go fish, hike, bike, kayak, raft, camp and backpack; take a helicopter tour; board a boat for a circumnavigation of Avacha Bay; enjoy the culture of the native peoples; visit a museum; and take a dip at one of the many hot-spring resorts. To view 2013 TOURS to Kamchatka, click here.
Observing Gorely Volcano’s Crater Lake. Photo: Barry Stone.
Helicopter Tour: on the shoreline of Schtubelya crater lake inside Ksudach volcano. Photo: Barry Stone
From volcano climbing, fishing, and kayaking, to wildlife viewing and visiting native villages, Kamchatka has it all. Photo: Tim Kennedy
Where do I stay? I think this question posed the biggest concern. The good news: it shouldn’t. The bad news: there are so many choices and levels of accommodations to choose from. Kamchatka offers lodging for every taste, from camping and remote cabins with the bare essentials to bed-and-breakfast-style homestays and hot-springs resorts, to hotel rooms featuring all the amenities one might expect. For accommodation options, contact our tour operator partners or visit Kamchatka Travel Portal.
We have so much more to say about ‘why Kamchatka and why now’ that we will be featuring more specific locations, activities and services in the coming weeks. The kind of information that will be helpful in planning a trip to Kamchatka and understanding what it’s like once you land and are on the ground. And, of course, if you have any questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com.