Photography Workshop and expdition bears & vulcanoes
Animal and landscape photography
Kamchatka is an extremely remote destination for us Western Europeans.
From Moscow we take the world's longest domestic flight to Petropavlovsk which takes approximately 8 hours and 35 minutes!
The remoteness of the Russian peninsula attracts with a unique combination of volcanic landscapes and animals, in particular the great Kamchatka brown bear.
Approximately 16,000 brown bears live there! Kamchatka has the world's largest concentration of bears ever encountered.
Those bears are everywhere. Even on volcanoes, far away from rivers and streams.
The landscape offers besides the salmon-filled rivers and lakes also huge berry diversity as a food source. With this rich food supply the possibility to see bears is very high. The Kuril Lake with its salmon in the south of the peninsula is a magnet for the bears and perfect for bear-watching. With a little bit of luck you can observe and photograph bears from a few meters distance.
The plan is to spend a few days at the beginning of the journey at the Kuril Lake just for Bear Photography.
Tourism in Kamchatka is very complicated and partly tedious plus time consuming but very, very rewarding!
The streets or driveways, if it has any, are extremely bumpy. Our vehicles are therefore 6x6 trucks – really big whoppers! We won’t be able to do the trip without them. This is a real expedition!
The weather is also an important factor on this trip!
It is often rainy, sometimes it rains for days. However, it can also be that it will be beautiful for an entire week... snow on the volcanoes is nothing unusual! It is essential that you bring good and rain resistant clothes with you.
Accommodations are, if there are any, very simple and single rooms are basically nonexistent. If there are twin rooms or simple dormitory rooms available in the wild nature that is considered pure luxury! Who wants to see the interesting volcanoes has to camp!
There are 180 volcanoes in Kamchatka, of which are about 30 active!
A program change due to an outbreak can therefore always be necessary or useful!
Whoever wants to travel without trucks and prefers a more luxurious option of a helicopter, must reckon with costs of around CHF 1,000 per flight plus additional costs of accommodation and guiding. If the weather conditions are bad we will not be able to fly! Thus, an outbound flight or a return flight can drag on! The program can thus change massively! A trip to Kamchatka is therefore only for patient, flexible and weatherproof people! They will then be rewarded with unforgettable impressions and images.
Either way Kamchatka is not a cheap travel destination, if you want to have just a bit of comfort.
Our journey is really fantastic and offers a lot of great photographic highlights!
For landscape freaks the areas around the volcano, and of course the volcanoes themselves are incredibly beautiful!
For fans of bears will the Kuril Lake be an experience you will not forget!
- Getting there via Moscow to Petropavlovsk
- Flight from Petropavlovsk to Kurile Lake and back with helicopters Mi8
- 4 nights / 3 full days plus the arrival and departure day approximately 1/2 day at the Kuril Lake for Bear Photography
- Daily trips to see the bears, depending on weather, even without returning to the camp at the afternoon. We can take the lunch with us and save travel time to spend the time outside with the bears.
- During bad weather patience is a must!
- Visit the volcano Tolbachik and its surroundings (very photogenic!)
- Visit the volcano Mutnovsky
* It may be necessary that the program has to be changed because of a Volcano eruption or bad weather conditions.
Difficulty of travel: medium (walks on unpaved paths)