Russian Far East destination research – start planning your trip to witness spectacular scenery and wildlife.
Discover the easternmost part of Russia, bordering Mongolia and China to the south, North Korea and Japan to the southeast, and Alaska to the northeast. The Russian Far East is very different from popular conceptions of the country and is extraordinarily far from the major European centers (Moscow is 5,700 miles away). It is mountainous and offers a spectacular Pacific coastline. The remoteness makes this area one of the world’s least-explored and remarkable destinations for untouched forests, pristine tundra and vast amounts of wildlife.
The Russian Far East is home to jewels, such as the volcano land of Kamchatka and the port city of Vladivostok. The nutrient-rich waters support vast populations of fish, and countless numbers of whales, dolphins, sea lions and fur seals. The large number of live volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula and along the Kuril Islands has earned this region the reputation of the Pacific’s ‘Ring of Fire.’ This is a land of stunning bays and snow-capped volcanoes whose alpine meadows and lowland forests support a great diversity of wildlife. The seas washing these isolated coasts are equally rich in life – they are among the most productive in the world, teeming with birds and marine mammals. Huge bird colonies dot the cliffs and large seal rookeries are scattered along the coast. This area of the world a photographer’s dream.
When to Visit
The best time to visit is July to September. During summer in the northern hemisphere, plan an adventure to the remote, wildlife-rich, and spectacular Russian Far East.
How to Choose a Trip
The best way to explore this part of the world is aboard a small ship expedition vessel. Expedition Easy can help discuss the different itineraries and find the trip for your interests.
What to Expect
To truly enjoy the adventure of traveling to the Russian Far East, we suggest choosing a small ship expedition. Expert naturalists guide you on zodiac cruising, hikes, birding, and daily shore excursions to visit local villages and towns. Expect a moderate amount of walking – sometimes on uneven and slippery terrain, as well as the occasional wet landing.