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Kronotsky Nature Reserve

Kamchatsky Krai
In the Kronotsky Nature Reserve, landscapes and biological diversity of Eastern and Central Kamchatka remain in their original form. Here is the famous Valley of Geysers - one of the largest geyser fields in the world, where more than 50 geysers, hot springs, water and mud boilers with multi-colored clays are concentrated. A special attention should be paid to the caldera of the Uzon volcano - a natural laboratory in the open air. The basin was formed about 40 thousand years ago on the site of a huge volcano, destroyed by a series of eruptions. There are about 1000 thermal springs, many outlets of steam and gas jets, mud boilers and mud volcanoes, warm lakes. In the summer on the berry and thermal fields you can meet bear families, watch the birds.
8 of the 25 volcanoes of the Kronotsky Reserve are active. The top of the highest, Kronotsky (3528 m) volcano, in clear weather can be seen for tens of kilometers from the ocean and land. Its ideal cone is reflected in the smooth surface of Kronotsky Lake, the largest fresh water body in Kamchatka.
The water area of the Kronotsky Bay is inhabited by whales, seagulls and seabird colonies and seal rookeries are located on the coast and islands. Lovers of active winter recreation can enjoy snowmobile excursions along the Lazovsky section of the reserve in the center of Kamchatka.
Kronotsky Reserve is a part of the International System of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO, included in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List in the category "Volcanoes of Kamchatka".
Valley of Gaysers. Photo - Julia Oryendochko
Valley of Gaysers. Photo - Julia Oryendochko
Kronotsky volcano. Photo - Igor Shpilenok
Swans. Kronotsky reserve. Photo - Denis Budkov
Kronotsky volcano. Photo - Igor Shpilenok
Kronotsky volcano. Photo - Igor Shpilenok
The best time for visit is July-September.

What to see: Valley of Geysers, Kronotsky volcano and Kronotskoe lake, Bolshoy Semyachik volcano, large gatherings of waterfowl on the coast of the Semyachik coastal lake, sea lion rockeries on the Kamen Kozlova island, dancing forest, mud boilers and acid lakes in the Uzon volcano caldera, Death Valley, Schapisnkie spruce forests, thermal springs Kipelye.

How to get to: by plane from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, traveling time 8-9 hours. You can book tickets and see the flight schedule on the airline's website ( The territory of the reserve can be reached by helicopter (the flight takes about an hour) or by sea vessel.
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Phone: +7-4153173905, +7-4153171652