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After landing at the airport in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, you will go to a hotel outside the city. After the flight, you can relax in the pool with thermal water or by the fireplace in the living room, drinking red wine. Lunch and dinner will be served in the hotel restaurant. The menu offers traditional Kamchatka dishes from sea delicacies.
Park-Hotel Severniye Priklyucheniya is the best hotel on the peninsula. It is located in the Paratunskaya sanatorium-resort area, 37 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. On the territory equal to six football fields, there are seven cottages with individual pools, a building with hotel rooms, a restaurant with a wine cellar, three pools with thermal water, a sauna with an outdoor pool, a massage room and a laundry.
In addition to the cottages, there are five rooms in a separate building. The room consists of a bedroom, an entrance hall and a bathroom. Room facilities are the same as in the cottage, only without a fireplace hall, private pool and terrace. Guests staying in the rooms have free access to the common thermal pools and jacuzzi.
Before the start of the trip, we will make an individual menu for you along the entire route. The menu is based on Kamchatka crab, scallop, halibut, salmon, caviar, squid, shrimp, moose, forest berries and herbs.
The acquaintance with Kamchatka will begin with a visit to its famous places — the Valley of Geysers and the Caldera of the Uzon Volcano. You will see the eruption of geysers and mud boilers, fly by helicopter over the most active volcano of the peninsula and blue lake with hydrochloric acid. In the evening you will reach the river, where you can fish with your hands, and eat red caviar handful.
With the launch of the first volcanological station in the USSR in 1935, the study of volcanoes in Kamchatka began. The station is located at the foot of Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano, 570 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and it still works. The workers of the station examine the products of the eruption, predict the activity of volcanoes, look for ways to use the released energy and heat.
On March 30, 1956 after a millennial period of rest, a catastrophic directed explosion occurred on the Volcano Besymyanniy. It destroyed the top of the volcano and its Eastern slope. This was the first catastrophic eruption, studied in detail by the station's staff. Therefore, on March 30 in Russia is celebrated the Day of Volcanologist.
Now technologies allow to conduct distant observations. The number of workers of the station is gradually decreasing. Video recording of volcanoes and research information is transmitted for processing to the Institute of Volcanology in digital form. At this station Ekaterina Zhdanova, daughter of Svetlana Alliluyeva, granddaughter of Joseph Stalin has been working since 1977.
Karymsky is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Over the past hundred years, there have been twenty eruptions. Five kilometers from Karymsky there is another volcano — the Academii Nauk, in the caldera of which is Karymskoye Lake, an area of almost 10 km2. In January 1996, there was a simultaneous eruption of two volcanoes.
The eruption began from the top of the crater of the Karymsky Volcano and under the water of the Karymskoe Lake. Witnesses observed a continuous release of ash from a crater about a kilometer high. The slopes of the Karymsky Volcano were covered with a layer of ash. In some places ash avalanches reached five hundred meters in length. At the same time, an underwater eruption took place in the Karymsky Lake. The ice of the frozen lake instantly melted, and ten-meter waves appeared on the surface.
During the eruption, the water temperature in the lake rose to 25 °C. The chemical composition of the water changed. From the fresh water it has become slightly mineralized. At the northern shore a crater with a diameter of six hundred and a depth of sixty meters was formed. A few days later a new peninsula with an area of 700 m2 was formed. All living in the lake died. Volcanic activity in this area continues to this day.
Maliy Semyachik is a volcano in the list of natural monuments. In translation from the language of native inhabitants of Kamchatka — itelmen, “semyachik” is stone land. In the crater of volcano there is the Troickoe Lake — a pond of frosty sky color, it is one of the symbols of Kamchatka and the most photographed objects.
The diameter of the lake is six hundred meters, the depth is up to 140 meters, the temperature is 35 °C. The salt content is higher than in the sea. The water has a burning sour taste. The particles of sulfur dissolved in water makes such color of the lake. If you wish, you can go down to the lake but the effect of a luminous azure mirror disappears. It is better to look at it from the helicopter.
One day, volcanologists who examined the lake by a rubber boat, almost died. The acid corroded the aluminum blades of the oars.
The Valley of Geysers is one of the most spectacular geyser fields in the world. If you didn't see the valley of geysers — you weren't in Kamchatka. It is located in the Kronotsky State Biosphere Reserve, 180 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. At an area of 6 km2, about thirty geysers and a hundred hot springs are concentrated. More only in Yellowstone National Park. But unlike Yellowstone, Iceland and New Zealand, the Kamchatka valley is very compact.
The valley was discovered in 1941 by the geologist of the reserve Tatyana Ustinova and her guide Anisifor Krupenin.
During a halt, I was smoking a cigarette and Tatyana Ivanovna was drinking tea with biscuits. Suddenly, on the opposite side of the river steam snorted and a stream of water rushed right at us. We clung to the rocky shore. It was a hot steam. After that, we found a crossing over the river. The water was warm. We measured temperature — it was 28 degrees! We started to find where the fountain came from. We found the gap among the rocks. The water boiled in the depths and gradually filled the cavity. Then, again, streams of water and steam burst ... It was the first geyser found in the Valley.
Anisifor Krupenin, the discoverer of the Valley of Geysers
After landing a staff member of the reserve will meet you. He'll give you all the instructions. From the helipad are laid wooden decks, which connect the observation platforms with views of the main attractions. For safety, you can only move around the valley through them. Some areas overgrown with bright green grass, there can be puddles with boiling water. Places where wormwood grows, on the contrary are safe — the plant takes root only on strong soil. You can go from the wooden path only with the permission of the guide.
Here you can see all the known forms of hydrothermal activity: geysers, thermal springs, mud lakes, boilers and volcanoes. Each geyser in the valley has its own pillar height and periodicity of functioning:
I remember the moment when in 2007 we were shown on TV as a landslide, turned the Valley of Geysers into a mud mash. It was a shame that I did not have time to see this place. I also remember the moment with the joyful faces of scientists, when in 2013 a new mudflow restored all the lost beauty. The need to go to Kamchatka became obvious.
Vladimir Nikolaev, the general producer of the 211 Company
The landslide of 2013 was one of the largest in Russia for the whole history of observations. Approximately this amount of concrete was spent on the construction of the Dam Three Gorges in China — the largest in the world. Despite this, the Valley ecosystem has recovered. Even new geysers and thermal springs have appeared.
For a walk, the reserve allocates two hours. The walk does not require any physical training and special equipment. Often visitors can see bears walking on the slope among the soaring geysers. During the year, the valley is visited by no more than two thousand people.
The caldera of the Uzon volcano is one of the largest in Kamchatka. The area is comparable with the area of Paris. Previously, there was a volcano, but after a powerful eruption, it collapsed, the earth sank under it and formed a caldera. The repeated eruption left a funnel with a diameter of one and a half kilometers. Now it is Dalnee Lake.
Caldera is located on the territory of the Kronotsky Reserve, 180 km from the capital of the peninsula. Since 1996 it has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are about a hundred hot springs and almost five hundred other hydrothermal manifestations: steam-gas jets, thermal lakes, acid rivers, mud boilers and volcanoes.
Scientists tend to get here because of the bright hydrothermal activity. The water sources contain not only rare minerals and chemical elements, but also bacteria that have adapted to life at a temperature of 98 °C.
Here, the output of the youngest oil on the planet is discovered and the mineral that nowhere else meets the Uzonite.
In the Uzon Caldera there is a lake with a double bottom — Bannoye. At a depth of 28 m there is a crust, breaking through which, scientists have discovered a tank of molten sulfur. The water temperature in the lake is 40 °C and you can swim there. Women note a beneficial effect on the skin, and men increase potency. Another attraction of the caldera is the mud pot Sculptor. Every four seconds it "sculpts" mud 3D-drawings in the form of roses. In 2008, a new geyser was formed in the caldera — Mutniy, with a water column of six meters high.
The nature of the caldera is aggressive: poisonous vapors, hot water everywhere, mud and bears. During the visit, the group will be accompanied by a reserve officer with a rifle. Just as in the Valley of Geysers, there are wooden decks.
This day you will spend in a place where the US President Jimmy Carter had a breathtaking fishing. Even if you saw the fishing rod on TV, you will 100 % take a selfie with a solid trophy. We will give you a boat and fishing tackle. An experienced instructor will show you how to pull out a five-kilogram salmon and threaten bears with a gun, which will come out to look at you. On the shore we will cook fish soup and sandwiches with red caviar. In the evening you will have banya and barbecue.
Fishing Base Kedrovaya is the most comfortable on the River Zhupanova. On its territory there is: a guest house, a dining room, banya with a swimming pool, helipad. All objects are connected with a wooden deck. In the guest house on the first floor there are two triple rooms and a small hall. On the second floor there are four triple rooms and a living room with access to the balcony. Each room has a bathroom and toilet. In the hall there is always a table with tea, coffee, mineral water, soft drinks, biscuits and sweets.
The canteen is a separate one-storey building with a kitchen and a dining room. In banya on the first floor there is a steam room, shower, swimming pool and two double comfortable rooms. On the second floor there is a billiard room.
The territory of the center is under constant armed protection.
Zhupanova is the only river in Kamchatka, rented for the organization of sport fishing. Its length is almost 250 km, it flows into the Pacific Ocean and there are no settlements on its coast. You can get to the river only by boat or helicopter. You can get to the river only by boat or helicopter.
There are seven species of Pacific salmon: sockeye, chinook, pink salmon, chum salmon, coho salmon, mikizha (rainbow trout), kunja. Mikizha (rainbow trout) is the main object of fishing, the weight of some fish can be 6–8 kg and length — 70–80 cm.
From the Fishing Base Kedrovaya you can move by water-jet boats and upstream and down to the Pacific Ocean.
The water area of the river is diverse: rifts, whirlpools, chutes, reaches and streams. There is a wide space with calm water and the narrowing in the swift current. You can catch salmon fly fishing and with spinning. We provide all the necessary fishing tackle. The export of fish from the river is prohibited, fishing on the principle of “caught-released”. But for the fish soup and sandwiches with caviar, you can take. This is one of the few places where 100 % of the catch is guaranteed.
During the fishing, the guests are accompanied by instructors and an armed huntsman. A large number of fish attracts not only fishermen, but also brown bears.
By the fifth day most likely that you have already seen bears. But after visiting the Kurilskoye Lake you will begin to treat them as domestic cats. They will surround you everywhere. You can take a picture of how brown bears catch salmon, fool around and pout their lips. After dinner, you will see pumice rocks, from the air resembling the mouth of piranhas and visit the hot beach with thermal springs. In the evening you will return to civilization, to the plasma TV and smoked venison under cowberry sauce.
Kurilskoye Lake is the second largest freshwater lake in Kamchatka after Kronotskoe. Bears are the main feature of this place. They eat sockeye salmon in the Kurilskoye Lake in the middle of summer, when about six million fish go to spawn. This is the largest spawning migration in Eurasia. From the middle of July, the fish begin to ascend from the Sea of Okhotsk along the Ozernaya River, the only one flowing from the Kurilskoye Lake. At the source of the river, there is a hospital of the research institute of fisheries and oceanography.
Spawning lasts almost six months, because of this, in the summer up to 250 brown bears come to the lake. Because of the big amount of fish bears are indifferent to people. You can take pictures of them from 20–30 meters.
From the shore of the Kurilskoye Lake a panorama of the snow-covered cone of the Ilyinsky Volcano opens. As a result of the eruption, lava islands formed on the lake: Chayachiy, Niskiy, Serdtse Adelaida and Samang archipelago. Here lives one of the largest colonies of the Pacific gull in fifteen hundred pairs. There are coastal exits of hot springs with a water temperature of up to 45 °C. Four kilometers from the source of the Ozernaya River, there is another attraction of Kamchatka — Kutkhini Baty.
Visiting tourists to the Kurilskoye Lake is limited by the quotas allocated by the reserve. The visit must be agreed in advance.
Ksudach is a volcano, in the caldera of which there are three lakes: Klyuchevoye, Nizhnee and Shtyubelya. Along the edge of the shore of the Lake Klyuchevoye, there are hot springs which form a hot beach. With the help of hands and shovels, you can build a small pool in the sand. The thermal spring water mixes with the cold water of the lake and cools to a comfortable 35 °C. After that you can swim.
The last eruption of Ksudach occurred in 1907. As a result, a hole formed, which filled with water, forming the Lake Shtyubelya. It was named after a German volcanologist, who had never been in Kamchatka. After bathing in hot baths you can watch the panorama from the air on two lakes of the caldera.
Kutkhini Baty is a canyon with white pumice rocks in the form of vertically standing canoe. Kukht for local people is a god in the form of the raven and bat is a fishing boat. Literally, Kutkhini Baty is the boat of the god Kutkha.
A hundred-meter-high rocks are formed as a result of a volcanic eruption. Lava mass due to the high content of gases foamed and froze in a porous state. Then, under the influence of wind and water flows, the rocks turned to the forms that can be observed today. Especially impressive pumice canyon looks from the helicopter.
The phrase, “I have been to Kamchatka” makes any person from beach-tourist to an experienced traveler. And if a person says, “I went out into the Pacific Ocean!” he can be considered as a very adventurous person. Returning home, you can say the first and the second. From dawn to dusk you will dissect on a pleasure yacht the water surface. First the largest Bay in the world, and then the Pacific Ocean. You will see rocks resembling a fragment from the film about Harry Potter and a colony of ten thousand birds. You will be served a lunch of freshly caught fish and sea delicacies. If you are lucky, you will meet the sea lions and orcas.
Avacha Bay is the largest bay in the world. Teachers of geography in the Kamchatka schools tell that in its water area the whole fleet of the planet can hide or the French city of Marseilles can be located. Its area is 215 km2, and it can accept even a passenger liner Queen Mary 2.
On the shore of the bay there are two cities — Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Vilyuchinsk. The first is the capital of the peninsula, the second is a closed city where the nuclear submarine base is located. The entrance to the bay is between two capes, its width is only three kilometers. A small distance of the gate protects cities and ships from storms in the Pacific Ocean.
A boat trip along the Avacha Bay is interesting for four reasons:
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