August 28, 2020

Kamchatka or Bust



Kamchatka or Bust
What our Alaskan readers see off their front porches. Козинцев, Wikimedia Commons

Now's your chance to check out a part of Russia you might only know from a game of Risk.

Kamchatka, a peninsula in the Pacific ocean, is set to become the next big ecotourism hotspot. Russian authorities are making plans to revamp roads, ports, and other infrastructure to draw tourists to this area, along with stringent environmental protections for tourist-magnet natural wonders.

Reportedly, ecotourism currently makes up only 2 percent of Russia's tourism sector. Kamchatka, and its Alaska-like scenery, could be Russia's ticket to environmental fame. Sights like Three Volcanoes Park and Avacha Bay have already seen some development.

Somehow, though, we just don't see ziplines, nighttime jungle tours, and rural hostels taking off.

The Battle for Kamchatka
  • December 01, 1995

The Battle for Kamchatka

Alaska Airlines has been serving the Russian Far East for 20 years, but lately it has faced some new difficulties.
Kamchatka: Where the River Runs Hot
  • August 01, 1996

Kamchatka: Where the River Runs Hot

The wilderness of Kamchatka provided Andrew Tarica with stunning volcanic scenery and a lifetime best day of fishing. In this issue's Travel Journal, he tells the story.
Kayaking Kamchatka
  • March 01, 2001

Kayaking Kamchatka

Remote, wild and pristine, the Kamchatka peninsula is an adventure traveler's dream. We join Christine Seashore and her husband while they kayak the coast of this amazing region.
Duck Devil and Little Wolf
  • January 01, 2002

Duck Devil and Little Wolf

It's not every day one is invited on a pilgrimage by a Siberian shaman. Which is how Christine Seashore and John Turk ended up roaming Kamchatka's frozen tundra in search of an elusive pack of reindeer. Oh, and then there is the interesting bit about the mountain bikes...
The Lure of Kunashir
  • July 01, 2003

The Lure of Kunashir

Off limits for eight decades, the Kurile islands are a treasure trove of natural history and geological wonders. We travel to the southernmost island, which is just a stone's throw from Japan.
The Wonders of Kamchatka
  • July 01, 2006

The Wonders of Kamchatka

In the first of a two-part series, we explore the villages, geysers, volcanoes, flora and fauna of Russia’s wildest peninsula.
Bears in the Mist
  • November 01, 2006

Bears in the Mist

Exploring the wilds of Kamchatka, home to an amazing concentration of bears, geysers and natural beauty.
Realm of the Sacred Raven
  • November 01, 2003

Realm of the Sacred Raven

In the second installment of Ilya Stogoff's travels in the Russian Far East, the author explores the steamy side of Kamchatka.
Koryak Cultural Loss
  • March 01, 2013

Koryak Cultural Loss

At the furthest edge of the Russian Far East, in a quiet bay near the very top of the Kamchatka Peninsula, a tiny community of Koryaks struggles with the loss of its traditional culture.
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