Russian Far East

This collection of pictures is from the Kamchatka Peninsula, Commander Islands, Kuril Islands, and Sakhalin. Kamchatka lies between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. This 1,250 km long peninsula has 160 volcanoes, 29 still active so it has perhaps the highest density of volcanoes in the world. Kamchatka also boasts diverse wildlife.

The Commander Islands were named after Vitus Bering who died of scurvy there in 1741. The only small town on the islands is Nikolskoye which is still inhabited by both Russians and Aleuts. The Kuril Island chain is known for its foggy weather and it held true to form. In about ten days we had only one clear day. A few other days the weather cleared for parts of the day.