These are some of Russia’s most exotic islands, and the first of the Aleutians. Home to the naturally unafraid Blue Fox, who will try his best to steal your lunch. Covered with mushrooms and berries and teeming with colonies of sea lions, seals, sea otters and hovering seabirds, this is a truly memorable trip.
The Komandorsky Islands are the most Western of the volcanic Aleutian islands, although they are included in Kamchatka state territory. They consist of two large islands - Bering Island, (named after the famous explorer of the same name who perished and lies buried here), and Medny Island- and several smaller satellites. From Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky the islands are generally reached by airplane or helicopter. There are abundant rookeries of sea lions, seals and sea otters; some 7,800 sea mammals inhabit the North rookery of Bering Island from April through November. The bird colonies on the island coasts include seagulls, guillemot, cormorants, and puffins. These islands are carpeted in shaggy rainbow shades of tundra - a boundless heathland that invites the visitor to ramble and discover. You may however, come across dwarf birch or aspen trees.
Beginning in the middle of August the tundra becomes sprinkled with edible mushrooms: white, brown and orange cap boletus. A smorgasbord of berries grow here too - great for snacking on the run. Many different species of salmon (red salmon, pink salmon) fill the rivers and streams of the islands during spawning season; from the middle of June till the middle of October. In Sarannoe Lake on Bering Island you can witness a massive sockeye spawning-ground, which takes place from the middle of July up to the middle of September. Air temperature on the Komandorsky islands in summer is rarely higher than 12 C (55 F), and weather changes are never very far away.
9 DAY ITINERARY
Day 1. Arrive in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Transfer
from the airport to a hotel. Preparing for the trip. Welcome dinner
in a city restaurant.
Cost EUR3400 per person.
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