Nature Wonders of Kamchatka
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The Kamchatka Peninsula lies in the north-east of the Russian Far East and is washed by the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea. It is famous for its beautiful nature - Volcanoes of Kamchatka are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and many people also dream to see the Valley of Geysers - the second largest concentration of geysers in the world. The Valley was under the threat of being destroyed by a massive mudflow in 2007 but most springs have survived the flood and are active again now!
I was on the Kamchatka Peninsula in 2005 and would love to go again - such an incredible place to enjoy winter: skiing, skating, a lot of snow, tolerably cold ;), beautiful volcanoes! But what impressed me most of all was swimming in open-air hot springs.
Cross-country skiing in the woods was also memorable for an unusual silence of the enchanted winter forest, bright color on my cheeks from crispy air and exercise, and this cheerful, satisfied state of mind after a few hours of outdoor sports :) I also tried downhill skiing for the first time in Kamchatka, and just to give you the general idea of the fun I had I will say that I fell down from the rope tow (don't know the right name for this terrible lifting device) in the middle of a very long way up the hill and, having stumbled few meters up in heavy skiing boots, decided to ski back to the bottom along an uncleared slope separating the ski run from the lift.
I'd like to mention though that Kamchatka is a part of my dear wild motherland so you won't find extra-class service or much comfort there. But you'll get heaps of bright impressions for sure (let me just mention that hard snowfalls make getting to or out of the peninsula a mission sometimes, and your plane can end up waiting a whole day in Magadan for the weather to get suitable for flying again). And red caviar for breakfast will turn into just a unimaginative routine ;)