The Kamchatka Peninsula, the Commander Islands, and Kandinsky Island constitute the Kamchatka Krai of the Russian Federation.
The People of Kamchatka
The vast majority of the 322,079 inhabitants are ethnic Russians, but about 13,000 Koryaks (2014) live there as well. More than half of the population lives in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and nearby Yelizovo.
Things to do on the Kamchatka Peninsula
- Fishing – Almost every angler has heard epic Kamchatka fly fishing tales about giant Rainbow trout, salmon, Dolly Varden and grayling.
- Big Game Hunting – Some of the largest moose and brown bears in the world come from the Kamchatka peninsula.
- Kronotsky Nature Reserve – accessible only via helicopter, and home to the Kronotsky Volcano as well as the Valley of the Geysers.
- The Valley of the Geysers – perhaps the most well known part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, is located within the mammoth Kronotsky Nature Reserve and was the second largest geyser field in the world. Sadly it was mostly destroyed by a massive mudslide in 2007 that covered two thirds of the field.
- The Komandorsky Nature Reserve
- Nalychevo Nature Park
- Southern Kamchatka Nature Park (Yuzhno-Kamchatsky Zakaznik)
- Bystrinsky Nature Park
- Klyuchevskoy Nature Park
- Blue Lakes Nature Park (Golubye Ozera)
- Koryaksky Zapovednik – beautiful and almost impossibly remote, this reserve offers bear-watching opportunities galore.