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The wild Kamchatka Peninsula, between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean, is home to an abundance of wildlife. Due to the presence of some 160 volcanoes, it is known as the 'Land of Fire and Ice'.

The Kamchatka brown bear, a larger subspecies of the European brown bear, is abundant along the coast, particularly on the Govena Peninsula. Other mammal highlights of the region include the Eurasian forest reindeer, elk, moose, wolf, and mountain sheep that are found at higher elevations. Off the coast of Kamchatka, northern fur seal, sea otter and many whale species including grey, minke, beluga, bowhead, and humpback whales can be seen in the Pacific Ocean.

In the north of Kamchatka, one of the world’s most critically endangered waders, the spectacular spoon-billed sandpiper, breeds in the extensive area of wetlands, while further south, the iconic Steller’s sea eagle nests along the banks of the Zhupanova River.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, Steller’s sea eagle, spoon-billed sandpiper, sea otter, Kittlitz’s murrelet
  • Where: Russian Far East, Russia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Kamchatka Whale Watch with Mark Carwardine

This unique voyage in the Russian Far East takes us from Sakhalin to the Shantar Islands and across the Sea of Okhotsk, through the northern Kuril Islands, then along the Kamchatka Peninsula and across the Bering Sea to the incredibly remote Commander Islands to see a wealth of cetacean life.

  • When to go: Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 20 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £12,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Kamchatka’s Forgotten Coast

Explore the diverse assemblage of wildlife and habitats of Kamchatka, home to one of the world’s most endangered waders: the spoon-billed sandpiper. This 13-night cruise aboard the Spirit of Enderby explores the stunning volcanic landscapes, coastlines and remote wilderness of the Commander Islands.

  • When to go: Jun
  • Duration exc. flights: 14 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £7,132 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Spirit of Enderby

The ice-strengthened Spirit of Enderby accommodates a maximum of 50 passengers in comfortable twin cabins, all of which have an outside view. She makes an ideal expedition vessel for visiting remote locations such as the Kamchatka Peninsula or the South Pacific in search of wildlife.