Best attractions in Kamchatka: Top 30

After reading this review, you will learn about the sights of Kamchatka, which made this region famous all over Russia. We will tell you about what every tourist should see in Kamchatka.

What to see in Kamchatka in the first place

It would be really long to list all the attractions of Kamchatka. Therefore, we have included in our rating only those interesting places in Kamchatka, which can be seen most often, reading reviews and recommendations for a trip to the peninsula:

1. Valley of Geysers

Panorama of the Valley of Geysers in Kamchatka in the Kronotsky State Biosphere Reserve

Like many other tours in Kamchatka, this one is held by helicopter. Tourists are dropped off at the hot springs, Uzon Volcano’s caldera and the picturesque Valley. The Valley of Geysers is also famous for its gushing geysers, a unique natural phenomenon not only in our country, but also in the world. It is recommended to take swimsuits with you on the trip: you will be able to take a dip in the healing waters of the hot springs.

2. Volcano Klyuchevskaya Sopka

Volcano Kliuchevskaya Sopka is an active volcano in the east of Kamchatka

One of the best options for what to see in Kamchatka in 1 day: the volcano, almost 350 meters deep, is active. It last erupted just a year and a half ago. From the height of the sopka you will see all the unspoiled nature of Kamchatka.

3. Avacha Bay

The cliffs of the Three Brothers at the exit to the open Avacha Bay

It is believed that Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky was founded in the 17th century by Cossacks. They built an outpost and fortress on the coast of Avacha Bay. According to experts, the second largest and the first deepest in the world, this bay is able to accommodate the entire merchant fleet of the Earth. It is also famous for its unique biome. In winter, the waters do not freeze, and more than three dozen different species of birds, including those listed in the Red Book of Russia, fly to them.

4. Stele “Here begins Russia”.

The sculptural composition "Here begins Russia" at the entrance to the town of Yelizovo in Kamchatka kuhnmi

Tour guides in Kamchatka often recommend that you begin your tour of the Kamchatka region with this monument, which is located near the airport. The monument itself is made of natural stone and has three plaques with the inscription “Here begins Russia.” At the monument you will see animals: a bear cub and its mother, which are made in full size. The bear cub has a mouth full of red fish, called “Kamchatka gold”. The stele is not only a visiting card of Kamchatka, but also a symbol of the whole Russia.

5. Avachinskaya Sopka

View of Avachinskaya Sopka from Koryak volcano in Kamchatka Anchen Oktober

As well as many other interesting places in Kamchatka, this is located in the south of the Eastern Range. The cone-shaped volcano, over 2,700 meters high, is active. On its territory, covered with cedar shrubbery and stone birches, you can also see many holes and cracks.

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6. Karymsky volcano (Karymskaya sopka)

Volcano Karymsky (Karymskaya Sopka) is an active volcano in Kamchatka

The sight is situated at an altitude of about 1500 meters (the highest point of this active volcano) on the Eastern Ridge. The top is presented in the form of a truncated cone. Karymsky volcano last erupted four years ago. The ash from it flies for hundreds of meters.

7. Mutnovsky volcano

Landscape at the foot of Mutnovsky volcano in the southern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula

If your trip to Kamchatka is long, set aside a few days to see this volcano and its “neighbor,” the Gorelaya Sopka. The ascent to the Mutnovsky crater is considered an easy and short (about two hours) activity. You will be able to admire overhanging glaciers, mountain slopes covered with unusual flowers, mud pots and fumarole fields. Along the way you will meet a giant canyon with a waterfall, Vilyuchinsky pass, and unique Martian landscapes. In general, you will see everything, for which Kamchatka peninsula is only famous.

8. Russkaya Bay

Marine landscape in Russkaya Bay

The cove with avalanche-prone and high shores is located in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. A large number of rivers flow through its hollows. In addition to its beauty, the bay is known for its drinking water - crystal clear and healing.

9. Kronotsky Biosphere Reserve

The rapid mountain river against the background of rocky mountains in the Kronotsky Biosphere Reserve in Kamchatka
Top view of a small lake in the Kronotsky Biosphere Reserve in Kamchatka

The best option for where to go in Kamchatka with the whole family. The area is home to a huge number of animals, including many brown bears. Their neighbors include wild deer, beavers and foxes, martens and sable. Thanks to the ecologically clean and comfortable environment, even those animals that do not like the seaside climate live here: snow leopards, lynx, moose and squirrels. There are no fewer birds here, including hawk owl and waxwing. If you are interested in the best natural sights of Russia that you should visit in Kamchatka without fail, you now know.

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10. Holy Trinity Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Holy Life-Giving Trinity in the Old Russian style in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Asya
The territory of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

The construction of the church, which stretched over many years, began in 2001. A capsule with the remains of several great martyrs was placed in the foundation of the building. The cathedral was consecrated in 2010 by Patriarch Kirill himself. During the renovation, necessary due to a major fire in 2012, the iconostasis and icons were restored and the wooden ceilings restored.

Official website: http://pravkamchatka

11. Kamchatka Svyato-Panteleimon Monastery

Kamchatka St. Panteleimon Monastery on the shore of Avacha Bay Obitel.pravkamchatka
Interior of Kamchatka St. Panteleimon Monastery

The most eastern monastery in Russia. Erected on the Sopka Svyazi. A few years after the completion of construction work, one of the icons began to myrrh (on the surface appeared oily moisture).

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12. Monument to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

The monument to the holy apostles Peter and Paul on Lenin Square in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Sqshooter

Not only can you find the best hotels in Kamchatka, but also this famous monument to the patrons of the peninsula on the city’s waterfront. The names of Paul and Peter in former years were awarded to ships.

13. Monument to Vitus Bering

Monument to navigator Vitus Bering in the public garden of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky NadezhdaKhaustova

Symbolic monumental composition in the form of a gun barrel, arranged vertically. On top of the trunk is a lotus flower, on the plinths of the monument are wreaths of laurel.

14. Nikolskaya Sopka and the monuments of the defense of 1854

View of Nikolskaya Sopka, Kultuchnoe Lake and Avacha Bay from Mishennaya Sopka Rost.galis
"Chapel" in honor of the successful defense of Petropavlovsk from the attack of the Anglo-French squadron in 1854
Monument "Glory" on Nikolskaya Sopka Макшанов Евгений Сергеевич

Coming to the city center, you can see the best sights of Kamchatka, including the bay, from the strategic height of Nikolskaya Sopka. This area was the site of a battle with Anglo-French troops during the Crimean War in 1854. In memory of the heroic defense of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky a necropolis and a chapel of stone were built. The site is surrounded by a fence, designed in the form of cannons.

15. Kamchatka Regional United Museum

Kamchatka Krai United Museum in the city's oldest building Макшанов Евгений Сергеевич

The museum complex began its work back in 1911. The exhibits (documents, books, art and household items) demonstrate the history of the local population and the Kamchatka Territory itself. The separate exposition is devoted to nature.

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16. Paratunka

Church of the resort village Paratunka in the Yelizovsky district of Kamchatka Krai Moreorless

When listing the main sights of Kamchatka, this resort village is also worth mentioning briefly. It is worth visiting Paratunka, for example, for its mineral thermal springs. There are several health resorts, hotels and a huge sanatorium with the same name as the village.

17. Hot springs of Kamchatka

Hot spring in Nalychevskaya valley of Kamchatka Peninsula Natalia Kollegova
One of the 150 large popular and visited hot springs of Kamchatka Gistereziz

Located in the southern part of the peninsula, and gushes out of the ground, filling natural baths for bathing. The maximum recorded temperature of the liquids was over 85 gr. Celsius. All the hot springs (about 20 pieces) have their own composition of water. You can stay for a vacation in a hotel or in a tent. The area of about 6 hectares is protected by UNESCO.

18. Acid Lakes of Kamchatka

Acid lake, located in the main crater of Maly Semyachik volcano zarmel

Ten years ago, there were several beautiful acid lakes on the peninsula. However, one of them has lost its color. The waters of the other still have a toxic blue hue, and spill out onto a rich black beach. Despite the fact that both acid lakes are located on mountain peaks covered with snow, they do not freeze even in winter.

19. Dead Forest

Dead forest near Tolbachik volcano in Kamchatka kuhnmi

The landmark appeared during the eruption of the volcano Tolbachik. Emissions of ash and lava turned a blooming 40-square-meter area into a scorched desert. The ground here is still mixed with slag and ash, and the tree trunks are lifeless.

20. The valley of death

View of the mysterious Death Valley at the foot of Kikhpinych volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula

A mysterious place where not only birds and animals, but people die. For what reason? This terrible mystery has not been discovered yet, despite numerous attempts. The reserve, developed in the mid-20th century, has several geysers. There are hiking trails along it. In 1975, biologists, conducting a study of the area, found more than two hundred bodies of fauna, including the remains of eagles, foxes, bears, small rodents. The list continues to grow today.

Sights of Kamchatka. What else can I visit in Kamchatka?

In addition to the above attractions and sites, you should see:

21. Vilyuchinsky waterfall

Vilyuchinsky waterfall on the northwest slope of Vilyuchinsky volcano in the southern part of the peninsula

Located in the south of Kamchatka, on a volcanic slope. The waterfall appeared as a result of a melting glacier. Its current height is about four tens of meters. Be prepared for the fact that to get to the waterfall is partly on foot - on a low, but sometimes dense thickets of the forest. The trip is rather difficult for unprepared person.

22. Karaginsky Island

Morphens on Karaginsky Island in Karaginsky Bay in the Bering Sea off the eastern coast of Kamchatka

A landmark in the Bering Sea, separated from the east of the peninsula by a beautiful strait. Karaginsky Island, known for its unspoiled beauty, was named by the local basalt rocks and cliffs.

23. Commander islands

Bering Island is the largest in the Commander Islands

The total area of the 65 islands is about 3.5 million hectares. The area is home to all kinds of flora and fauna, including the most rare: the gyrfalcon, white-fronted goose and others. On one of the islands there are the remains of the famous traveler Bering.

24. Kuril lake

Brown bears on the shores of Kuril Lake on the territory of the South Kamchatka Federal Wildlife Refuge

If you want to see brown bears (guided by an experienced inspector for safety) from a distance of several meters, come to Kuril Lake. During the spawning season, several hundred animals gather here. Helicopter tours are offered to the site: in addition to the lake, you can visit the thermal springs and swim in them, as well as the caldera of the volcano Xudach.

25. Natural parks of Kamchatka

The landscape of a mountain valley in one of the natural parks of Kamchatka
Hot springs at the foot of Priemysh volcano in a natural park in Kamchatka

There are several natural park zones on the territory of Kamchatka. For example, the eastern Kluchevsky park. There are more than 20 volcanoes of different origin, one of them is the most active on the planet. Fauna is not numerous, and vegetation is low. The Bystrinsky Nature Park, which is protected by UNESCO, also has a dozen volcanoes. Guests are offered rafting on the river, horseback riding, travel through meadows. There is a museum of history on the territory. There is no economic activity in the South Kamchatka Park, and you cannot drive through it on vehicles. The forests of the park zone are different types of vegetation. Due to the absence of “man”, the number of animals, such as bears, is high here.

Official website: http://www.vulcanikamchatki.

26. Pimchach ethnographic complex

Traditional national dance of the indigenous people of Kamchatka

When you come to Kamchatka, you can learn about how the indigenous peoples of the peninsula lived for many years. Tours of national villages, which include the Pimchah Eco-Park, are offered everywhere. The complex of international level is a giant outdoor museum, and is located a few tens of kilometers from the city: the territory reproduces the buildings of 500 years ago. The staff of the park tells about the ancient customs and life of the natives.

27. Koryaksky reserve

Part of the Koryaksky reserve on the Goven Peninsula Igor Shpilenok

The complex includes three diverse objects at once: a bay, a cape and a dol. If you want to admire all the richness and grandeur of nature, you will not find a better option. On the rocks year-round nesting birds. It is recommended to visit the site with a companion.

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28. Esso village

Panorama of Esso village - Kamchatka Switzerland Denis Anisimov

The village was founded about 80 years ago, and is located in a beautiful valley. The indigenous inhabitants of the settlement are the Evenks. When you come here, you can visit the museum of ethnography, learn more about the life of the people, look at their traditional dwellings, objects of art (carved figures on the themes of mythology). The outdoor museum is open all year round. You should spend at least a day to get to know the territory.

29. Beringia

Participant musher running a dog sled in the annual race Beringia in Kamchatka
A section of the route of the traditional Kamchatka dog sled race - Beringia

Beringia is the name of a traditional Kamchatka entertainment and a beautiful area where dog sled races are held every year. “Athletes” - people and animals, overcome hundreds of kilometers: the mushers are driven by special sleds (narts). During the whole month, while the races are going on, there is an incredible atmosphere of fun. The mushers must show strategic skills: correctly place animals in the sled. Distance varies every year: on average, it is about 2 thousand kilometers. The first competitions were held about 30 years ago.

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30. Cape Lopatka

A space view of Cape Lopatka of the Kamchatka Peninsula NASA WorldWind

The southernmost tundra part of Kamchatka, home to a weather station and a border outpost. Settlements that used to be inhabited are now in disrepair. The number of sunny days is minimal. When choosing clothing for a trip to Lopatka, be prepared for the fact that the cape is constantly raining and the strongest winds are blowing.

We hope that the attractions of Kamchatka, the photos with names and descriptions of which we have given, will help you to compose the best tour itinerary.