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All Aboard the Silver Explorer for a Remote Russian Adventure
#Patropavlosk might not be the most popular destination in Russia but it is definitely worth going there. I was so lucky that I got the chance to #explore some of the #Kamchatka area. I went #fishing, I saw more #bears that I thought I could see, and I ate some delicious local fish soup. However, I have to say: If you go there, don't forget to bring some warm clothes!
Last August I was invited to travel with my husband to Kamtchatka… yep you heard right, this is one of the most remote areas of the world and actually the trip was going to become even more remote once we boarded the Silver Explorer in Petropavlosk , a beautiful exploration ship owned and managed by Silversea Cruises.
one of the most remote areas of the world
The remoteness of the area was immediately understood when we boarded the direct flight Moscow to Petropavlosk and discovered it would be almost 10 hrs long!
Patropavlosk is the most important city is southern Kamtchatka and is built around Avacha Bay. This natural port is famous because it is the largest submarine base of Russia and by spending a day boating on the bay it becomes clear very fast that the center of the activities are around military events.
Petropavlosk is the ideal starting point to visit the active volcano area in the north and Kurilskoye Lake in the south. The first problem you will encounter with travelling around Kamtchatka is that there are no roads, so most of the travelling is done through huge (and very well maintained) Russian Helicopters!
The second problem you will face is the weather; remember this is an area which is famous for the copious snowfall in winter, and abundant rains in summer. The locals are called “digging digging” because digging your path out of snow every morning is really the main activity during the week. The issue with this weather is that your helicopter ride will probably be cancelled at least one day of your stay for fog, but don’t despair as there are plenty of other activities to do in Petropavlosk.
Remember this is an area which is famous for the copious snowfall in winter
Below is what I would suggest to do to see this beautiful area:
Contact a great guide who will meet you at the airport and make sure you get the best of the area, to get a really great guide contact and she will organize guide and driver to pick you up at airport and take care of you. Guide car and driver for a day will be approx. $320
Stay at the Hotel Dolce Vita this is the best hotel in the area but forget Wi-Fi… in the whole city reception is very spotty.
Hotel Dolce Vita
Contact Andrey Travel Kamchatka they are a great local operator and can organize for you to see the best of the area.
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Spend one day in Avacha Bay, you can rent a boat and eat Ukha the local fish soup as well as sea urchins which the mate of the boat will fish directly from the bay. It is very interesting to be out on the water as you can see the city and the military action around the bay. Just make sure to bring rain gear as well as some warm clothing as the weather can change very fast. The bay is very protected, don’t worry about waves!
You will also get to fish a local flounder and it is a real fun activity, with our guide fishing with us, see below how many flounders we caught! They day on the boat including lunch will cost $135 per person and Pacific Network can organize it.
Then I would suggest to fly to Kurilskoye Lake which is the area with the highest number of bears per square meter in the world. This piece of the trip was amazing!! You get very close to the bears and it is incredible to see them fishing.. but exactly because you get very close… you are escorted by an armed guide.
Remember to bring a nice camera to shoot amazing pictures of the animals such as these ones!
The other amazing thing to do (but because of the weather conditions we didn’t get there) is to fly to the Valley of the Geysers.
From Petropavlosk we boarded the ship and I would need to write a separate story to tell you about all of the amazing things we did cruising the Kuril Islands and arriving in Sakhalin. I will just give you a preview with some pictures of the wildlife we encountered.
It was an amazing journey!