Russia

Russia

Overview:

Jutting into the Pacific Ocean in Russia’s far east, the Kamchatka Peninsula boasts some of the country’s most spellbinding scenery. This isolated volcanic region is a place of untamed natural splendor, where mighty rivers carve through ancient valleys and steamy hot springs support a huge diversity of wildlife. Brown bears lumber through birch forests filled with berries, while salmon fight their way upstream in a bid to spawn.

Getting to the Kamchatka Peninsula is an odyssey in itself, involving multiple flights just to reach the regional capital of Petropavlovsk. From there, intrepid travelers can embark on our Kamchatka multisport adventures to experience a fragment of the Earth that remains wildly untamed. Whether you’re kayaking, sailing, or skiing through its remote terrain, the Kamchatka Peninsula is a place to inspire awe in every traveler.

Highlights:

  • Kayak beneath snow-capped volcanic peaks, towering cliff walls, and untouched beaches while enjoying some of Russia’s most spectacular scenery
  • Gain unique insights into Russian culture during authentic encounters with locals (and with the help of our Russian guide’s interpretation)
  • Witness Eurasia’s largest population of brown bears, together with sea lions, sea otters and migratory whales
  • Ski wide open bowls, steep faces, and couloirs on virgin descents that will take you from mountain summits to the Bering Sea
  • camp on deserted white sand beaches while sea birds soar above, whales feed alongside the beach, and the vast bering sea extends as far as the eye can see.
  • Cruise the rugged coastline of Kamchatka in a comfortable yacht, with nights spent anchored in protected bays

Weather:

Kamchatka’s weather is as diverse as its landscapes, with an extraordinary array of climatic zones across the peninsula. Along the coasts, you’ll find a moderate, maritime climate with cool, foggy summers and mild winters while the inland areas experience a more pronounced continental climate. Arctic conditions predominate in the north of Kamchatka and geothermal activity creates warm microclimates within the peninsula’s isolated valleys.

This tremendous climatic variation allows for an incredible diversity of experiences within a single trip – you could be hiking through sunny meadows one day and skiing through snowy forests the next. In the summertime, expect highs of around 20°C (68°F) while in winter, this dips to -10°C (14°F). Summer and fall remain the most popular times to visit, although the growing popularity of winter sports keeps visitors coming year-round.

Nature & Wildlife:

Due to its remote setting and climatic diversity, the Kamchatka Peninsula is a haven for an astonishing diversity of wildlife. Eurasia’s largest population of brown bears (estimated at over 10,000 individuals) inhabits Kamchatka’s dense forests and river valleys, feasting on the bountiful salmon that return every year to spawn in the area’s pristine waterways. As a result of this protein-rich diet, Kamchatka boasts some of the largest brown bears on Earth.

Significant populations of Steller sea lions and northern fur seals can be found along the peninsula’s coastal rookeries while the nutrient-rich seas support healthy numbers of humpback, gray, and orca whales. Together with endangered North Pacific right whales, these cetaceans migrate annually to Kamchatka’s cool, productive waters to feed on fish and krill.