Rejser til Rusland (Kamchatka)
Kamchatka tilbyder enestående muligheder for et eventyr, der bryder med alle de traditionelle forestillinger om, hvad en ferie skal være. Dette enorme og gådefulde område er en uberørt vildmark.
Her er overjordiske gejsere og rygende vulkaner, men Kamchatka er også hjemsted for fascinerende etniske grupper, et fantastisk dyreliv, og det giver dig mulighed for at opleve den rå magt som naturen har her i modsætning til mange andre steder.
Kamchatka tilbyder et fantastisk udvalg af meget specielle aktiviteter og oplevelser – ideelt for dem, der søger efter noget ud over det sædvanlige.
Kamchatka halvøen er en af de sidste vildmarker, man kan rejse til for at få en autentisk oplevelse. Dette fantastiske landskab er anerkendt som UNESCOs verdensarv.
Her kan du vandre op på vulkaner, tilbringe nætter i smukke naturlige omgivelser og tage en tur på tømmerflåde ned ad Bystraya floden og møde nogle af de mennesker, der kalder dette afsides sted for deres hjem.
Grupperejse 1 ► Rusland - På opdagelse i Kamchatka
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Kamchatka is a vast wilderness perched on Russia’s far eastern frontier, jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. Renowned for its unspoilt landscapes, its fantastic wildlife and its spectacular natural phenomena, it represents one of the most untouched, and certainly least visited, places on our planet. On this trip we take in the very best of the region, with opportunities to visit the breathtaking Valley of the Geysers, climb up active volcanoes, and meet some of Kamchatka’s original inhabitants, the Even. Kamchatka is one of the last frontiers of travel. Explore it now.
Fitness***** | Adventure***** | Culture** | History*** | Wildlife****
Day 1 – Petropavlovsk - Kamchatsky
Arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax after your long flight. Overnight Geyser Hotel or similar.(D)
The improbably named Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the main settlement of the Kamchatka region, and was founded in 1741 by the Russian explorer Vitus Bering. The name ‘Petropavlovsk’ means ‘Peter and Paul’, the city being named after Bering’s two ships, the St Peter and St Paul. The city itself consists of typical Soviet style architecture and is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, which periodically erupt. During the Crimean War, this far flung outpost of the Russian Empire was attacked by Anglo-French forces, but never fell. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the second largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road after Iquitos, Peru. Today its source of wealth comes mainly from the fishing industry.
Day 2 – Avachinskaya Bay - Mutnovsky Volcano
We take boats into Avachinskaya Bay with excellent opportunities for spotting sea mammals including whales, dolphins and seals. Later we drive to Mutnovsky Volcano, considered the most impressive in the area and permanently active. Overnight camping. (BLD)
Day 3 – Mutnovsky Volcano
We ascend the crater of Mutnovsky volcano (2.322 m), entering its crater with its powerful gas and steam spurts and boiling mud cauldrons. Overnight in tents. (BLD)
Day 4 – Gorely Volcano
Ascend Gorely volcano (1.829 m) with its acid and freshwater crater lakes, before heading to Paratunka to spend the night. Overnight Helios Lodge or similar. (BLD)
Day 5 – Paratunka - Optional Valley of the Geysers excursion
Free day to relax or take an optional helicopter excursion over the jaw-droppingly impressive Valley of the Geysers. In the evening we transfer to Malki Hot Springs. Overnight in camp (BD)
Valley of the Geysers
The helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers includes a flight around Karymsky (1.486m) and Maly Semyachik (1.560m) volcanoes, as well as a walking excursion through the valley itself. This valley cannot be compared with any other places in the world, with more than twenty large geysers in the vicinity. Some geysers gush forth every 10-12 minutes, while others may erupt once in 4-5 hours. The plumes of steam, fountains of boiling water, incredible colours of slopes, hot water streaming along them and profuse vegetation create an enchanting spectacle. Lunch is served in the valley.
Helicopter Excursion – RUB33000 payable locally
The helicopter is only bookable and payable locally. It is subject to the weather conditions on the day and the minimum numbers of passengers. We are aware that this is a lot of money and carrying this around with you is not very practical. Despite our best efforts we have not been able to come to an alternative arrangement.
If you choose not to go to the Valley of Geysers (or it is unavailable) you may take an optional half-day trip (to be booked on the eve of the day and paid in RUB cash only on the spot) by car along the Avacha Bay shores to the Pacific Ocean or a guided city tour and/or a visit to the Local Lore museum displaying an interesting ethnography exhibition.
Day 6 – Great Tolbachik Fissure - Lunokhodchik
A long day’s drive by 6WD bus towards the Klyuchevskaya volcano group, stopping for a lunch in Milkovo settlement. We cross the Kamchatka river by ferry and continue off-road to the foothill of one of the most beautiful and majestic volcano ranges – Ploski Tolbachik and Ostry Tolbachik. In the evening, we visit the site of the Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption, which took place in 1975-76 and gives an idea of the real scale of a volcano eruption. Its impressive after effects include immense ash fields, amazing multi-coloured volcanic cones with hot summits, hardened lava streams, and ash-burned forest. Overnight in tents at Lunokhodchik camp, so called because the first Soviet lunar vehicles were tested here. (BD)
Day 7 – Ploski Tolbachik Volcano
Observing the consequences of the 2013 eruption The young cone, the wide fresh lava underground flows, caves and tunnels – “lavovody”, the stone sculptures and the heaps of hardened lava. Overnight in tents. (BLD)
Day 8 – Tolbachik region
Trip by off-road vehicle to the Northern cones, a collection of miniature fuming volcanoes boasting incredible colours. See the Dead Forest killed by the ash and stones in 1975. Overnight in tents. (BLD)
Day 9 – Kozirevsk
Drive to Kozirevsk, which is situated on the shore of the River Kamchatka. Take a walking excursion to one of the oldest Kamchatka settlements, founded on the burg of Itelmens – aboriginals of Kamchatka in the 18th century. Visit the national crafts workshop and enjoy the panorama from the viewing platform. Overnight local tourist houses. (BLD)
The Even people, closely related to the similarly named Evenki, are the original inhabitants of this land. Their traditional way of living was centred largely around reindeers – the Even are famed reindeer herders, and Even traditional religion is based upon shamanism. Numbering only around 17,000, they lived largely nomadic lives, following the reindeer which were their source of meat, clothes and many other day to day items. Like most smaller ethnic groups, their customs and culture are being gradually eroded in today’s Russia.
Day 10 – Malki settlement
After breakfast, we travel by 6WD bus towards Malki with a stop for lunch in Milkovo. On arrival you will start the rafting part of the journey that takes place among the mountain ranges. The river Bystraya is rather quiet and has a few insignificant rapids, which are safe for total beginners. Set the tent camp on the shore of the river. Dinner cooked over the fire, night in tents. (BD)
Day 11 – Rafting along the Bystraya river
Continue rafting along the Bystraya river including the passage of 2 rapids. There is a high probability of seeing bears and salmon. During stops on the river shores you can fish (every raft will have 1 fishing rod), pick some mushrooms and berries, and watch seagulls, wild ducks, and other animals. If you are lucky you may spot a brown bear ashore or a Steller’s eagle. Dinner cooked over the fire, night in tents. (BLD)
Day 12 – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Our last morning of rafting along the Bystraya river. We then transfer back to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and check in to our hotel for the night. (B)
Day 13 – Departure
After breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport. If there is time on the way we will visit the local fish market.
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