"Ust-Kamchatskiy Region" Kamchatskaya Oblast' Things to Do Tip by Ilya_Andriy

Kamchatskaya Oblast' Things to Do: 12 reviews and 12 photos

  Viliuchinkiy Volcano
by Ilya_Andriy

The main water artery of this region is the Kamchatka river. It crosses almost the entire peninsula. But, in this region, supported by many tributaries, it becomes large and navigable and slowly moves into the Pacific ocean. Today as it has throughout history, the economy of the region depends on this river. Travelling along this river Cossacks discovered Kamchatka and built the first settlements and forts. There are two special features of this region. Divided in two halves by the river this region includes two very different parts of Kamchatka: central and northern. Even simpler: forest and tundra, warmth and cold ocean winds. The second distinct feature of this region is the Klyuchevskaya group of volcanoes, the largest group of volcanoes in kamchatka, which are located in the southeast. The administrative center of the region is the settlement of Ust-Kamchatsk. You can come here by plane or by boat from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky or on the river cutter from Milkovo. In the approximate center of the region, also on the bank of the Kamchatka river are the city of Klychi and the settlement of Kozyrevsk. Klychi was founded in 1741 by Russian migrant farmers. Today its main enterprise is a timber company and its main attraction is a volcano station that has been operating since 1935. Farmers and hunters live in the settlement of Kozyrevsk. In both of them you will find acceptable conditions. The most important thing is that from here all roads to the natural richness of the region are opened before you. It is best to visit Tolbachinsky Valley with the tourists firms from the vulcanology institutes. Some of the smoke holes still excrete toxic gas. That is why you need an experienced guide who knows these places and the safety rules well. You are coming for the pleasure and not for the risk.

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  • Written Jul 11, 2003
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