The Russian Far East

7 000 km away from Moscow, at the far East end of Asia, is a vast region; the Russian Far East. Unknown and far away from any normal itineraries, this 7 millions km2 region, extends from the Chukotka region to North of Japan and the Kuril Islands. This fascinating region will blow your mind!

Our selection of voyages to the Russian Far East…

Map of the Russian Far East

Kamchatka:

The 1200 km volcanic peninsula of Kamchatka, extends from the North of the Kuril Islands, to the Chuktki region. Situated on the Ring of Fire, Kamchatka is one of these places classified by UNESCO because of the 300 volcanoes (including 29 actives), geysers and hot springs we can find there. A very preserved nature, home of the Brown Bear, salmons, and the beautiful and vast taiga forest. It’s indigenous people (Itelmen, Evens, Koriaks…) are some of the most authentic and lived from reindeers, salmons, and others resources of the difficult environment.
Most of the voyages take place between June and September. This month is probably the most interesting cause the weather is usually stable, there are no more mosquitos, and during the autumn season, the colours of the forest are beautiful from yellow, to red-orange, giving to landscape a quiet and peaceful atmosphere.

☞ Highlights: brown bear, salmons, taiga forest, volcanoes, indigenous people, hikes
☞ Contrasting high lights: tourism infrastructures are basics but confortable except one or two hotel, it’s necessary to travel with someone (guide) who speaks Russian

Our selection of voyages to Kamchatka…

Volcano Indigenous people
Brown Bear Taiga forest

The Kuril Islands:

The Kuril Islands formed a 1 200 km long archipelago extends from the southern tip of the Kamchatka peninsula to the North of Japan. This archipelago situated just between two tectonic plates is composed by about 40 islands and more than 60 volcanoes. These islands still claimed by Japan, is now a Russian territory, administrated from Sakhalin Island. So very interesting history there from the Aïnus people, to the war between Japan and Russian, and then the Cold War. On an ecologic aspect, these islands are home of more than 2 000 sea otters, 900 brown bears, foxes, Steller Sea Lions, birds… The best season to travel there and discovered them, is between May and August.

☞ Highlights: high biodiversity (birds and mammals), sea otters, volcanoes, history, hikes opportunities…
☞ Contrasting high lights: fogy region sometimes and strong storms in September/October

Our selection of voyages to the Kuril Islands…

Sea Otter Landscape
Volcano Tufted Puffin

The Sea of Okhotsk:

The Sea of Okhotsk is located on the western site of the Kamchatka peninsula and the East coast of Sakhalin Island. It is probably the most productive sea in the world thanks to important number of upwellings. This is the reason why there are up to 20 species of marines mammals, thousands of birds including Yamski and Talan Islands, the biggest sea birds colony in the world!
Under the influence of cold current and wind coming from the Arctic, the Sea of Okhotsk is frozen in winter and even sometimes a little bit in summer time. On this sea ice lives the beautiful Ribbon Seal.
Only one expedition cruise is organised every year, including the visit of two cities: Okhotsk and Magadan, well know because of the history linked to the gulag system. A journey to the Sea of Okhotsk is a fantastic voyage for wildlife, history, and diversity of natural habitats. An excursion to the Sea of Okhotsk will fulfil for sure your expectation regarding nature!

☞ Highlights: birds, seals, brown bears, cetaceans, history, taiga forest and sea ice
☞ Contrasting high lights: fogy region sometimes

Our selection of voyages to the Sea of Okhotsk…

Ribbon Seal on sea ice Gulag monument
Bird cliff Steller Sea Lions

Chukotka:

The Chukotka region is the located North of the Kamchatka peninsula and the far East of the Asian continent. This region, open on the North Pacific Ocean and the Arctic Ocean was more and more known after Wrangel, Bering and Cook’s expeditions. Nowadays, the two main settlements are Anadyr and Providenia, but a lot of people still depend on nature to survive (walrus and whale hunters, reindeer hurdlers…)
On many places, you can realise how nature is still untouched there, and make good observation regarding wildlife. The highlight of a journey in Chukotka at sea, is to access to the natural reserve of Wrangel and Herald Islands, where the highest density of polar bears in Russia is located, plus other animals like Muskox, Snowy Owl, Arctic Fox, geese, guillemots, puffins, auklets…
There are between 2 to 3 voyages organised to Wrangel Island and in Chukotka every summer in July, August and September, which is the perfect time for wildlife observation.

☞ > Highlights: birds (snowy owl, geese, divers, auks…) and mammals (whales, polar bear, seals, walrus, fox, muskox…), history, sea ice, Bering Strait, Cap Dejnev, opportunities for hikes
☞ Contrasting high lights: weather conditions can be difficult on the Bering Sea

Our selection of voyages to Chukotka…

Landscape Snowy Owl
Horned Puffins Polar Bear on ice

Our selection of voyages to the Russian Far East…
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