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Why go to Kamchatka now?

Interpacific Aviation & Marketing Inc. (AirRussia.US) attended the Travel and Adventure Show in the Bay Area some time ago 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 on Yakutia Airlines, 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. The majority 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.

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Panoramic view of the city Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Koryaksky Volcano. Photo: B.V. Fedorenko

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.

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Kamchatka percolates with geothermal activity. Valley of Geysers. Photo credit: Alexey Perelygin

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 and board a boat for a circumnavigation of Avacha Bay. Enjoy the culture of the native peoples and visit a museum. And take a dip at one of the many hot-spring resorts. To view Tours to Kamchatka, click here

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Fumarole field of the Mutnovsky Volcano. Photo: A. Vasiliev

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.

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Hot Springs Nalychevo Nature Park. Photo: A. Tereschenko

Conclusion

We have so much more to say about “why Kamchatka and why now” and we have already discussed some of it on our Blog. We will be featuring more specific locations, activities and services in the coming months. 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 sales@airrussia.us.

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