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Mutnovsky volcano is an active volcano (2322 meters) located in the southern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula, 80 km south of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

The area around the volcano is one of the toughest in Kamchatka. Most of the year powerful cyclones are raging here, bringing huge amounts of snow. Snow depth sometimes reaches 15 meters, and summer lasts for less than 2 months.

Mutnovsky volcano, Kamchatka, Russia, photo 1

take a walk on the volcano

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Tolbachik is a volcanic complex located in the east of Kamchatka. It is a stunningly beautiful place – a lifeless valley covered with volcanic ash with many cracks and cones shrouded in clouds of acid gases.

The area around the volcano resembles landscapes of distant planets from science fiction movies. This is how Tolbachik plateau looks today – after several major eruptions happened in recent years. Photos by: Andrey Grachev.

Alien landscapes of Tolbachik, Kamchatka, Russia, photo 1

fantastic scenery

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About two years ago, we published a post with beautiful photos of an amazing natural phenomenon – snow caves formed near Mutnovsky volcano in Kamchatka.

Last year, access to the cave was blocked with snow, but this year things were better and we can again see this beauty. Mutnovsky volcano on Google Maps. The photos were taken by Denis Budkov.

Snow caves, Kamchatka, Russia, photo 1

let’s get into the cave




Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky covered with deep snow

Last week, the southern part of Kamchatka was hit by a cyclone that brought sleet and storm wind. The capital of the region, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky city, was covered with deep snow, and three snow avalanches added even more snow.

Let’s see how the city looks after this snow apocalypse. The photos were taken by Alex Spiridonov.

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky snow apocalypse, Russia, photo 1

snow, snow everywhere!

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Klyuchevskaya Sopka is an active volcano located in the east of Kamchatka. It is the highest active volcano in Eurasia. The height of the volcano varies from 4750 to 4850 meters above sea level.

It is also the highest peak in Russia outside the Caucasus. January 1, 2015, the regular eruption of Klyuchevskaya Sopka began. Klyuchevskaya Sopka on Google Maps. The photos were taken by Denis Budkov.

Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano eruption, Kamchatka, Russia, photo 1

look at the volcanic eruption closer




Kamchatka – the land of bears

Kurilskoye Lake, located in the southern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula, on the territory of the South Kamchatka Federal Preserve, is the place with the highest density of bears in Russia.

The lake area is about 77 square kilometers (the third largest lake of Kamchatka), the average depth is 195 meters, the maximum depth is 316 meters.

Kurilskoye Lake bears, Kamchatka, Russia, photo 1

bears, they are everywhere


South Kamchatka Reserve, located in the south of the Kamchatka Peninsula, is a part of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve.

According to the author of these photos Igor Shpilenok: “Kamchatka is the most bearish place in Russia. And South Kamchatka Reserve is the most bearish place of Kamchatka.” It’s easy to believe in it looking at these beautiful pictures.

South Kamchatka Reserve bears, Russia, photo 1

paradise for bears




The variety of landscapes of Kamchatka

Kamchatka is a peninsula located in the north-eastern part of Eurasia in Russia. It stretches from north-east to south-west for 1200 km.

In general, the landscapes and nature of Kamchatka are very similar to the open spaces of southern Siberia, the main difference – volcanoes. And another big difference is climate.

The variety of landscapes of Kamchatka, Russia, photo 1

beautiful land

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Summer in Kamchatka

Summer doesn’t come to Kamchatka every year, but this year it has happened and we can enjoy this beautiful view. Photo by Igor Shpilenok

Summer in Kamchatka, Russia

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Real window into hell in Kamchatka

In this photo made not far from Udina volcano (Kamchatka krai), you can see the lava tube window. If you look into this truly hellish pit, you can watch the lava river. Photo by Denis Budkov

Window to hell, Kamchatka, Russia