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  Extraordinary Landscapes Of Kamchatka

Extraordinary Landscapes Of Kamchatka 

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Kamchatka is one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. A 1250 km long peninsula in the Russian far East washed by Bering sea and Okhotsk Sea of Pacific ocean, it seems to be untouched by human civilization. Wild nature and prehistorical geological landscapes makes Kamchatka a true phenomenon. Kamchatka is known as the magic land of volcanoes and geysers which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are 28 active volcanoes and about 160 extinct ones. Images of volcanoes are on the flag and coat-of-arms of Kamchatka region. There are about 200 mineral water springs and 160 of them are the hot water springs. Most of the volcanoes, hot water springs and geysers are located at the eastern part of the peninsula. There are about 400 glaciers at Kamchatka. Most of them are located in the mountains and accessible by the helicopters only.

The fauna of Kamchatka is typical for this type of climate. The bobcat, sables, minks, wolfs, foxes, brown bears and many other animals can be found at Kamchatka. The sandpipers, seagulls and other typical birds of northern territories can be met there. The ocean is full of cods, flounders and different types of crabs as greatest diversity of salmon fish dominate in the rivers. The flora which is quite usual for northern territories, boasts a phenomenon of giant plants in the area of volcanoes and hot springs. The usual plants here remain all the same, but the size is multiplied to gigantic.

Fishing bear.

The reasons for visiting Kamchatka vary, but they are all about relations of man and nature. Kamchatka is only the place on the planet with a unique mixture of lakes and fjords, geysers and volcanoes, mountains of over 3000 meters and beautiful coastal waters, salmon and crabs, bears and whales. Plenty of natural reserves on Kamchatka make it a perfect destination for ecotourism and anyone who loves untouched and wild nature. Some go there for fishing, some for hunting, and some for rafting or passing the alpinist routes, others are coming to see famous volcanoes and geysers.
Active volcano.

Kamchatka was closed for tourists for a long time as it was Soviet military zone. Kamchatka remained closed to Russians until 1989 and to foreigners until 1990. Now the main tourist sights are open for visiting; however half of the territory of the peninsula is still controlled by the Russian army. Most of the Kamchatka people work for the Army or employed in the fishing industry. It is hard to get around Kamchatka by yourself because of military or ecological restrictions. Most of Kamchatka including volcanoes and geysers is either closed or secured area, so special permissions are required. Intourist will help to provide the permissions within its tours, so there’s no need to bother about them.

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