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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

About Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is an important port, the main city and the administrative, industrial, scientific, and cultural center of Kamchatsky Krai. It is located at the southeast part of Kamchatka peninsula, at the Avachinsky bay of Pacific Ocean. The population: 194,9 (2008), ethnic Russians and Ukrainians make up majority of population. Distance from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskij to Moscow is 8200 km. The city is situated on high hills and surrounded by volcanoes. In fact, the horizon cannot be seen clearly from any point of town as volcanoes and mountains are everywhere. 

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is one of oldest cities of Far East, it was founded by explorer Vitus Bering. Bering reached Avacha Bay in 1740 and laid the foundation stone for the harbor town. He named the new place "Petropavlovsk" (Peter + Paul) after his two ships, the St. Peter and the St. Paul, built in Okhotsk for his second expedition. During the 1854–1855 Crimean War, the city's fortress held out during the siege by the Anglo-French forces and never fell.

The city has developed a tourist infrastructure. About twenty large tourism companies offer a wide range of services from bear hunting to paragliding. No roads connect the Kamchatka Peninsula to the rest of the world. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the second largest city in the world that cannot be reached by road after Iquitos, Peru. Travel to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is growing in popularity because of the remarkable scenery throughout the peninsula. The city is served by Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport.

Petropalovsk-Kamchatsky is located in the Kamchatka peninsula, one of the most spectacular region in Russia. It occupies the area of 470,000 sq. km, which equals the size of France, Belgium and Luxembourg combined, and separates the Sea of Okhotsk from the Pacific Ocean. There are more than 160 volcanoes on the peninsula (29 of them are active), which is due to the fact that it lies on the Great Pacific "ring of fire". Volcanoes and volcanic peaks, cyclones and underground heat created here a mixture of twenty climate zones and a great variety of flora and fauna. The indigenous peoples of Kamchatka living in the northern part of the peninsula - Chukchi and Eveni still keep their culture and traditional lifestyles, which is another reason why one of the most remote regions is visited by so many people every year. 

We invite you to visit Kamchatsky peninsula and Petropalovsk-Kamchatsky city, to explore the beautiful nature, the hot mineral springs, the land of geysers, the active volcanoes, to get acquainted with history of Petropalovsk-Kamchatsky city and with culture of indigenous people of Kamchatka peninsula.

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Gallery

Excursions in Kamchatka

City tour of Petropalovsk-Kamchatsky, 2 hours

During the city tour the guide will tell you about the history of Petropalovsk foundation. You`ll see main historical monuments of the city, you`ll visit Lennin Square with government buildings, theaters and museums, the monument to Vitus Bering – the founder of Petropalovsk, the monument to Charles Clark -  the famous explorer and navigator, the memorial complexe `The Chapel`, the obelisk to the deliverers of Kuriles Island, the observation platform on the Nikolsky hill.

Boat excursion on Avachinskaya bay, 3 hours

Avachinskaya Bay is situated on the Pacific coast of the peninsula.  It cuts into the land for 20 km and is considered to be one of the largest and the most beautiful harbours in the world because of rocks, hills and magnificient views to Petropalovsk-Kamchatsky and  the Koryak, Avachinsky, Viljuchinsky volcanoes. Avachinskaya Bay is vast, well protected from dangerous seas and weather, but also convenient for travel to and from the open seas of the North Pacific.

Excursion to the Paratunka – valley of hot spring, 4 hours

Paratunka is located  60 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the beautiful valley of the Paratunka River. The mild climate in this area, in both summer and winter, offers the visitor a pleasant excursion from Petropavlovsk. There are three groups of thermal springs to choose from: Nizhne-Paratunskiye, Sredne-Paratunskiye and Verkhne-Paratunskiye. One of these natural thermal springs, Nizhne-Paratunskiye is located close to the settlement of Paratunka and is much favored by the local populace.

Helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers, 6 hours

You will fly to a canyon with unique and fabulous nature attracting tourists and researches from all over the world. Your voyage into this magical place will begin with a breathtaking helicopter tour of massive peaks and cliffs, mountain ranges and taiga stretches, rivers and lakes. You’ll enjoy the beauty and greatness of active and extinct volcanoes. Don’t forget to watch for bears in the valley below.

Excursion to the crater of Mutnovsky volcano, 7 hours

Excursion will begin on board of the helicopter MI-8, from which you can observe water area of the Avacha bay, mountain ranges and slopes of the Viluchinsky volcano, and also the Gorely volcano. After the landing of the helicopter at the height of 1400 meters above sea level,a fascinating trip to " the heart of the volcano" to its crater will begin.

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