|Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky center port.
City at a glance
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky — the capital of Kamchatka region located 6766 km from Moscow and the only relatively big town on the peninsula. Kamchatka peninsula is quite deserted — about 359 thousand people living there, with nearly 200 thousand residents of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
The town is situated on high hills and surrounded by volcanoes. In fact, the horizon cannot be seen clearly from any point of town as volcanoes and mountains are everywhere.
Rybachiy Nuclear Submarine Base in Avacha Bay, established during Soviet times, is still in use by the Russian Navy.
The best time to go to Kamchatka is a period from July to September. Temperatures in winter are milder than in Siberia — a typical January day averages −7.3 °C, while in summer 15 °C constitutes an average August maximum. The weather is very changeable, so one has to be prepared to any weather conditions. Nights are cold even in the summer time. It’s better to discuss the list of necessary equipment at the Intourist office, while reserving a tour.
Kamchatka has no ground connection with the mainland, there are no railways or roads lead to peninsula from the rest of Russia. The seaport of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is used by Navy and fishermen. There are no regular passenger ferries to anywhere from this port. The only possibility to get to Kamchatka or leave it is the air flight. The Elyzovo airport is located 20 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, with daily flights to Moscow (about 9 hours for direct flight), several flights a week to Siberia, Saint Petersburg and Alaska.