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Kamchatka – World’s Last Unexplored Land

Kamchatka is a unique land where fire meets ice, one of the world’s last unexplored places, which is known as the ‘Land of Volcanoes’.

At first summertime glance, the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka appears to be surrounded by a lot of very beautiful mountains. But these are no ordinary “mountains” — in fact, Kamchatka has many volcanoes, some of which have been extremely active in recent years.

The many wonders of Kamchatka are still stunning whether it’s the dead of summer or beginning of a harsh winter, which makes us want to declare this the real-life land of fire and ice.

The peninsula, located in the country’s Far East, is washed by the Bering Sea in the east and by the Okhotsk Sea in the west. This marvelous piece of land has an outstanding number of interesting peculiarities.

Kamchatka is a rare spot on Earth displaying the unique phenomenon of gigantism in plants. Grass here grows as high as four meters! A lot of plants survived glaciation.

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Koryaksky volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

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The population of the Kamchatka Territory stands slightly over 300,000 people.

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Kronotsky Nature Reserve has the Valley of Geysers, the sole geyser field in Eurasia, and the Kronotsky Lake, a 140-meter-deep body of water in the form of an equilateral triangle.

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Kamchatka is the perfect place for activities and sports. Like a magnet, it attracts mountain climbers, as well as rafting, skiing and paragliding enthusiasts.

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 Kamchatka is famous for its volcanoes. They are even depicted on its coats of arms. There are between 140 and 300 volcanoes, 29 are active. Some poetically call them “stone torches.”

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There are so many brown bears there that practically every tourist can see them in their natural habitat.

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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the administrative center of the Territory. It was established in 1740 and its name was derived from “Saint Peter, the Apostle” and “Saint Paul the Apostle.”

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The peninsula’s indigenous peoples are Itelmes, the Koryaks, the Chukchi, and Evens.

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The unique nature is being protected in three nature reserves, five natural parks, and 24 wildlife sanctuaries. This provides a brilliant opportunity for eco-tourism.

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Kamchatka is bigger than Britain, Italy and Sweden.

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source:sputnik

featured image © Roberto Lopez

Kamchatka – World’s Last Unexplored Land
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