A photographic journey through the 'land of fire and ice'
Inaccessible even to Russian citizens until the 1990s, the Kamchatka Peninsula encompasses an area of pristine wilderness larger than the British Isles. With the highest concentration of active volcanoes of anywhere in the world, this remote region of Far East Russia is a literal hotspot of geothermal activity, earning it the moniker of the ‘land of fire and ice’. The 1,200km long peninsula is also a haven for wildlife, including Kamchatkan brown bears – there are more bears than people in Kamchatka – sea otters and a variety of seabird species.
Despite, or perhaps because of, its hard-to-reach location, Kamchatka has drawn in travellers seeking adventure and the opportunity to capture the areas beautifully rugged landscapes on camera. Two highly respected photographers who have spent many years leading photographic tours of the Russian Far East are Daniel Kordan and Anton Agarkov. Anton will be leading the Volcanoes of Kamchatka Photographic Safari in August, giving you the opportunity to experience this untamed wilderness for yourself. Below, we have selected a few of Daniel and Anton’s images to give you a taste of what you can expect from a Kamchatkan photographic safari.
These images really capture the vast and unique landscapes of Kamchatka, from smouldering volcanoes to colourful PATCHWORK tundra.