Kurilskoye Lake and Western Kamchatka: Bears, Okhotsk Seashore and Three Active Volcanoes | 16 days
Kamchatka Peninsula is an isolated, undeveloped, stunningly beautiful area with noble ranges of extinct and active volcanoes, pearls of crystal-clear blue lakes and acidic ones of inconceivable colours and shades from orange to obsidian-black; with river ribbons and emerald-green valleys, crossed by lilac-purple threads of blossoming willow-herb. The area is 1200 km long from North to South and nearly 600 km across in its widest part.
This trip includes the most interesting active volcanoes and the great amount of thermal manifestation following them, though their enormous diversity can easily leave behind the world-famous Yellowstone and New-Zealand parks; a group of balneotherapeutic health resorts, where you can rest and relax after busy and eventful day; a visit to Kurilskoye Lake where you can get acquainted with Kamchatka brown bears, their habits and manners and watch the spawning salmon; a tour to the Geothermal power station to investigate its working processes and picturesque surroundings; river and sea fishing; watching bird colonies and rookeries of sea-lions at Kekurniy cape. Your days will be full of events and experiences with no nights in tents!
4 – 19 July, 26 July – 10 August, 9 – 24 September 2022
Price: £4,375 per person
Leader: Local English speaking Russian leader
Accommodation in hotels and simple cabins with dormitories of 2-4 beds. No camping!
Fiona’s travel tipsTop fact: If you’ve sledged in Russia in winter you’re in an elite club!
Temperature: we should warn that winter dog sledging expeditions are for the hardy as it can be extremely cold!
Take with you: Dried fruit, nuts and chocolate to vary your diet.
Best time to go: June to September for summer adventures, January to March for winter activities.
“Everything was fantastic. So many bears, loads of volcanoes and spectacular views. Great company, good food, cannot fault a thing apart from a dodgy zip on the tent!”Paula Slater, Kamchatka
Sue Hynard, Arcturus Kamchatka group
“Wonderful, beyond expectations, well organised and always a Plan B if Plan A didn’t work out. Lorraine was a superb leader. Pre-departure information was thorough and clear.”
“Our local guide, Irina, was great – nothing seemed to be any trouble for her and she always seemed to have ideas about what we could do every day. We really enjoyed her company and felt that our days had good pace and rhythm about them. Irina was knowledgeable about the area and had obviously spent time developing good relationships with local people who took us about on boats and in trucks – we definitely benefited from this. We are keen birdwatchers and saw plenty including sea and great eagles, osprey and divers.”
Mr and Mrs James Nangle, Solovetskis and the White Sea
“It was truly unforgettable and, if anything, exceeded expectations. Thank you for a wonderful trip!
Chris Robb and Karen Murphy, Dog sledging with the reindeer herders and native people