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Touchdown in Kamchatka | Kamchatkan wonderland | Kuril Islands | Commander Islands

Kamchatkan wonderland

Kamchatka's convoluted terrain, its brown bears and bubbling geysers are the show-stoppers of the Russian Far East. These ranks of smouldering, snow-capped volcanoes form a link in the Pacific 'Ring of Fire'.

In this Wild West frontier region, off-limits to travellers until recent years, travel is undertaken on an epic scale, whether by six-wheel-drive truck, 22-seater military-style helicopter or by inflatable rubber boat. Ironically, much of the region remains protected by strict nature reserves reserved in Soviet times.

These images were taken with Nikon D200 (10 mpx) using RAW format, and are available for licensing. Please visit www.travelgame.org.

Volcano views
Volcano views
Volcano views
Volcano views
Koryatsky Volcano
Koryatsky Volcano
6-wheel-drive excursion truck at the Avachinsky Volcano base camp
6-wheel-drive excursion truck at the Avachinsky Volcano base camp
Flowers on the flank of Avachinsky Volcano
Flowers on the flank of Avachinsky Volcano
Poppies colonising a volcanic scree slope
Poppies colonising a volcanic scree slope
Arctic squirrel, Nalychevo Nature Park
Arctic squirrel, Nalychevo Nature Park
Ice mounds at the foot of Avachinsky Volcano
Ice mounds at the foot of Avachinsky Volcano
MI-8 helicopter in Nalychevo Nature Park
MI-8 helicopter in Nalychevo Nature Park
Inside the MI-8 helicopter
Inside the MI-8 helicopter
Views from the helicopter
Views from the helicopter
Views from the helicopter
Views from the helicopter
Hot springs in Uzon Caldera
Hot springs in Uzon Caldera
Geothermal mud pools, Uzon Caldera
Geothermal mud pools, Uzon Caldera
Geothermal mud pools
Geothermal mud pools
Wild iris
Wild iris
Exploring the head of Russkaya Bay
Exploring the head of Russkaya Bay
Steller's sea eagle
Steller's sea eagle
Steller's sea lion
Steller's sea lion
Colony of sea lions
Colony of sea lions
Vilyuchinsky Volcano
Vilyuchinsky Volcano
Snowmelt waterfall, Vilyuchinsky Volcano
Snowmelt waterfall, Vilyuchinsky Volcano
Upper Paratunka Springs
Upper Paratunka Springs
Olga Bay, Kronotsky Reserve
Olga Bay, Kronotsky Reserve
Ranger station at Olga Bay, Kronotsky Reserve
Ranger station at Olga Bay, Kronotsky Reserve
Brown bear, Olga Bay
Brown bear, Olga Bay
Brown bear, Olga Bay
Brown bear, Olga Bay
Brown bear, Olga Bay
Brown bear, Olga Bay
Red fox near Olga Bay
Red fox near Olga Bay
Kronotskaya Volcano, Olga Bay
Kronotskaya Volcano, Olga Bay
'Spirit of Enderby' off southern Kamchatka
'Spirit of Enderby' off southern Kamchatka
Fluke of an Orca or killer whale
Fluke of an Orca or killer whale
Salmon fishing, Zhupanova River
Salmon fishing, Zhupanova River
Fishermen, Zhupanova River
Fishermen, Zhupanova River
Mother & daughter cooks, Russian Far East
Mother & daughter cooks, Russian Far East
Dusk settles over the Kamchatkan coast
Dusk settles over the Kamchatkan coast