Russian Far East


Trace the Pacific Ring of Fire from Alaska to Chukotka, south along Kamchatka Peninsula, to the Kuril Islands. Delight in spectacular landscapes forged by plate tectonics, punctuated by active volcanos capped with ice and swathed in tundra, taiga and exquisite forests.
In Chukotka, cruise magnificent fjords to some of the world’s most remote wilderness where Chukchi reindeer herders roam. Enjoy walks to stunning alpine lakes and across colourful tundra, feasting on crowberries, bilberries and exquisite cloudberries, and Zodiac cruise to soaring bird cliffs, where bears and foxes scavenge for eggs. 
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Reindeer in Tundra

Kamchatka boasts more than 120 volcanoes, many active, with hot springs for soaking and rivers replete with spawning salmon that sustain brown bears, Steller’s sea eagles and Koryak fishermen keen to share their songs, dance and food with us.

Just off Kamchatka Peninsula discover the Commander Islands, an extension of Alaska’s Aleutian chain, and remote Nikolskoye, Russia’s only Aleut settlement. Considered the ‘South Georgia of the North Pacific’, Commander Islands host vast colonies of Steller sea lions, northern fur seals and seabirds including cormorants, puffins and red-legged kittiwakes. Land on Bering Island and visit the grave of Vitus Bering, renowned Danish explorer who, while in Russia’s service, proved Asia and North America weren’t connected while mapping some of Alaska’s coast.
Sea Lions,  kamchatka peninsula
In the Kuril Islands, detect an air of intrigue as your Discovery Team historian reveals abandoned listening posts and submarine bases, Soviet era fish processing plants and Japanese WW II fortresses. Hike through megaherb forests, visit the remains of Ainu villages and delight in close encounters with largha (spotted) and harbour seals, and sea otters swimming with pups on their chests. Zodiac cruise, kayak and stand-up paddle board in waters aflutter with whiskered auks, puffins, guillemots and kittiwakes as you traverse one of the world’s greatest bird migration flyways.
Onekotan Island, Russia
Whether you choose to experience the wonders of Chukotka, Kamchatka (including the Commander Islands), the Kuril Islands or the coast of Japan, or combine them all in one fantastic exploration of the Pacific Ring of Fire, you’ll finish with memories you’ll treasure forever.

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