Summer in Kamchatka
Our three week expedition to Kamchatka (Map) in June/July 2013 during their so-called summer was characterised by extreme bad luck regarding the weather, yet extreme good luck regarding the volcanoes. Apart from exploring the culture in the Kamchatka capital of Petroplavlovsk, these active volcanoes were the main focus of our expedition:
Shiveluch, the most northern active volcano: the Shiveluch area was completely destroyed by a pyroclastic flow in 2005 and looks very dramatic as a result. We witnessed a night time eruption and subsequent glowing dome. Furthermore, shortly before our departure a rare pyroclastic flow occurred right in front of our eyes – unbelievable!
The absolute highlight of the expedition was the exhausting 9 day trek to the Tolbachik volcano. The trek itself was marked by a cyclone resulting in rain, strong winds and a snowstorm, however, at the Tolbachik site we were able to look into the crater with its very rare lava lake on several occasions. The spectacular atmospheric evenings with glowing skies and fascinating strombolian eruptions were worth all the effort.
This area, as indeed the entire country, is one of Earth’s extreme hot spots and it holds a truly magical attraction.
Galleries: Best of Gallery
Publications: Outdoor Magazin (in German)