Kamchatka Bears

Kamchatka Photo Tour 2017

This Kamchatka Photo Tour will take you to a lost world where ecstasy is found, and it appears a bit like the earth’s branch of the seventh heaven.

Tour Overview

In the back of beyond, there is a wilderness that made it to UNESCO’s books ahead of travel brochures and measures as much as four European countries. Kamchatka Landscape Photography Tour will take you through virginal valley’s composed by volcanic calderas, crater lakes, mineral springs and Bears, and until 1990, if you weren’t a Russian national, you couldn’t even visit it. It is a lost world where ecstasy is found, and it appears a bit like the earth’s branch of the seventh heaven and it begs to be explored.

What’s cooking in Kamchatka? 
In the far east of Russia, the Kamchatka Peninsula hangs down into the Pacific like some giant precinct. Virtually untouched by human avarice, it represents one of the most flourishing wilderness tracts in the country, spanning a galactic 4,72,300km2.

Stunningly rich in natural resources and punctuated with glaciers and geysers, it is truly an ultimate retreat for the photographer whose itchy feet crave to tread off the beaten path and explore the extraordinary.

Flanked by the Okhotsk Sea, the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the peninsula is a flourishing hub of volcanism, seismology and floral and faunal abundance. As many as 28 active volcanoes brew in the eastern part while the number of wild animal species is close to three dozen.

With a mindboggling number of glaciers, rivers, springs and lakes big and small, the territory of Kamchatka, composed of magnificent valleys and sky-kissing, snow-capped mountains overlooking Alpine meadows, can leave the awed visitor struggling to stifle a compulsively dropping jaw.

On the picturesque coasts, the lively sea and the quaint gulfs engage in interplay of serenity, and overlooked by the formidable ledges where Eagles dare, Dolphins and Whales thrive in the waters that seem to have no horizon but an infinite depth.

Truly, Kamchatka is a place for those who ‘bear’ nothing less than the most idyllic.


21 August 2017 – 29 Aug 2017


Kamchatka, Russia


$10,448 per person

What to bring

  • A DSLR Camera with lens/lenses
  • Spare batteries, there will be a long days with plenty of shooting.
  • A sturdy tripod.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • Filters if you have them (Polarizer/Graduated/Neutral Density).
  • Good walking shoes.
  • Wet weather gear & a compact umbrella (rain will not hold us back).
  • Your creative brains.

What to wear

The weather could change very quickly, we recommend some warm clothing but as always in these places layers are best.

  • Comfortable warm clothing
  • Layering your clothing is best. Temperature can quickly change
  • Good supportive boots. Warm and waterproof would be best

Once you place your deposit through our secure booking platform your place will be reserved instantly. The team will then be in contact with you to provide you will all the information you will require and confirm your trip details. If you would prefer to make your booking with the team directly, please email bookings@fotoworkshops.com.au

Tour Overview

Day 1 – Arrival in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

We arrive in the capital of Kamchatka check in to our comfortable hotel and enjoy a welcome dinner and tour briefing.

Day 2 – Ksudach Volcano and Kurilskoye Lake

We depart by helicopter on a one-hour morning flight to the Ksudach Volcano. After landing, we take a walk inside the volcano to the crater lake of Schtubelya. We will also see the beautiful waterfall which exits the crater. Later we will visit a hot beach.

We then fly on to our picturesque wooden lodge at Grassy Point. The lodge’s remote lakeside location is a perfect fit for photographers.

Day 3 & 4 – Kurilskoye Lake

Local wardens will escort us to a nearby bear-viewing platform . We will then take longer walks to meadows and streams where bears can be found feeding on wild berries or red salmon. August is the optimal time for the salmon which attract the bears. We will be amply rewarded on these day of natural wonders.

Day 5 – Khodutka and Mutnovsky

More opportunities for bear and landscape photography and then another helicopter flight to the Khodutka River for an optional bath in Kamchatka’s largest natural hot spring. After a bit of bliss we take the helicopter on to the plateau of the Mutnovsky Volcano and arrive at the caldera. This saves a lot of walking laden with gear and allows maximum time for photography. Rather than camping overnight in tents, our helicopter will wisk us away to a warm and very comfortable lodge.

Day 6 – Mutnovsky Volcano and Caldera

Today our helicopter takes us to a different part of the Mutnovsky Volcano, just below the 20,000 year old volcanic hills of Skalisty and Dvugorby. Here we follow a trail past steaming streams and view the three volcanic peaks of Asacaha, Opala and Gorely.
Helicopter ride to the Mutnovsky Volcano. Further on we traverse a hillside, cross snowfields and reach the mouth of the caldera gorge, the snout of the western glacier, past mud pools and fumaroles and view streams emerging from icefields and flowing back under the toe of the glacier.

After a helicopter ride to 1540m we explore close to the active crater and view fumaroles. Then it is back to our hotel.

Day 7 – Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Today you can relax, explore the city and harbour or take an optional helicopter tour to the Valley of Geysers and Uzon Caldera. This may also be a possible catch-up day if weather has affected the itinerary.

Day 8 – Avacha Bay boat trip

We explore Avacha Bay by boat. This allows for photographs of the city with a towering volcano in the background and also provides opportunities to sight and photograph killer whales (Orcas), sea otters, pelagic birds and other wildlife.

Day 9 – Depart Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Today we depart for Vladivostok and our onward flights home having experienced a unique blend of sea, snow, steam, ice, lakes, volcanoes, forests, fumaroles and wonders of wildlife in one of the world’s last frontiers.

Why choose our Landscape Photography Tours?

By picking our landscape photography tours you have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned landscape photographer Glenn Mckimmin, who is also the owner of Australia’s leading print, design and framing gallery, Created for Life. Our pick of locations means depending on your preference, you can capture everything from breath-taking waterfalls, wild bears, quiet and serene sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, diverse and wonderful local people, streetscapes and ancient cultures – the list is endless.

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Fitness Level

All of our Photo Tours require a moderate level of fitness. There are no major walks but where possible we would like our guests to be able to walk for about an hour if needed. Check with your tour guide before leaving and we can give you a better idea of any special fitness requirements you may need to complete the Tour.

Private Guided Tours

If groups are not for you and you would prefer to travel by yourself or with a group of friends and family then we can accommodate your needs by customising a photography tour to suit your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests.

We also offer private one or two day photo tours and workshops in many of our locations. Please or email us for rates and information.

Travel Insurance

Keep in mind travel insurance is a compulsory part of booking any of our Landscape Photography Workshops

How To Book

Once you place your deposit through our secure booking platform your place will be reserved instantly. The team will then be in contact with you to provide you will all the information you will require and confirm your trip details. If you would prefer to make your booking with the team directly, please email bookings@fotoworkshops.com.au