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Discovering a Remote Corner of the Far East

Kamchatka, Russia.

Never heard of it? Well, you’re probably not alone… but for those in Asia looking for a truly wild and less predictable travel experience, this is a Far East destination to do some research on.

Kamchatka is an absolutely massive peninsula which makes up part of the larger region labelled the “Russian Far East”. Like much of Japan, it a region peppered with volcanoes—many among these still erupting regularly.

With dozens of active volcanoes here, along with geysers and other dramatic natural features, large portions of the area are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site—collectively known as Volcanoes of Kamchatka.

Kamchatka Russia volcanoes aerial view

Over on the east coast of Kamchatka, the expansive Kronotsky Nature Reserve is also one of the most popular places for visitors, home to the second largest concentration of geysers in the world. The strikingly beautiful conical volcano, Kronotsky, is yet another amazing sight to take in here.

The peninsula is also home to notably large populations of brown bear, fox, reindeer, eagles and other wildlife too numerous to list here. Given the harsh climate, lack of roads (and very little development in general), much of the wildlife has thrived.

Access to the region is more expensive than some other travel options, especially because certain areas around the peninsula require booking a seat on a helicopter. Still, it is a one-of-a-kind corner of the earth that will no doubt draw increasing numbers of visitors over the coming years.

Have a look at some great Kamchatka volcano hikes in the video below: