Kamchatka: The Wildest Russian Outpost

On November 16, 2013 by Tim Newman

Kamchatka - Volcano

The Kamchatka Peninsula sits in the far east of Russia and runs for about 800 miles. It covers around 100,000 square miles and lies between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west.

The peninsula contains the volcanoes of Kamchatka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The peninsula is an outpost of pure pristine wilderness, sparsely inhabited by humans and bursting with life.

Kamchatka - Bears Fishing]

Kamchatka has no trains and only a couple of actual roads. They’re dusty and badly maintained but you’ll have to deal with that, or commission a small plane or a 4×4.

Kamchatka - Bears

Russia’s far east is geologically bustling, the Kamchatka River and the surrounding central side valley are flanked by large volcanic belts. These belts contain around 160 volcanoes, 29 of which are still active.

Kamchatka - Blue ice

Kamchatka is actually about the same latitude as the UK, but the Siberian winds whipping through keep it substantially cooler most of the year.

Kamchatka - Crater of Mutnovsky volcano


Kamchatka - Dead Forest

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