Kamchatka: A Journal & Guide to Russia's Land of Ice and Fire

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Odyssey Publications, Limited, 2007 - Travel - 311 pages
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Why go to Kamchatka? There are no luxury hotels or international spas;no jolly pubs or swanky wine bars and even if there were glamourousbeach resorts there are almost no roads to get to them. Although thereis a plethora of fish, nowhere can you find it more wonderfully cookedthan on a Kamchatkan campfire! This extraordinary country is not forthe faint-hearted.

But it has some of the most stunning and dramaticvolcanic scenery in the world and an inordinate amount of wildlife. Tosit on a berry-covered hill and watch reindeer floating down a valleyagainst a backdrop of volcanoes, to go fly-fishing on the ParatunkaRiver or sit in a boat on Lake Kurilskoye and discover a brown bearonly yards away; to climb an active volcano and peer down into thedepths of its crater are all privileges not afforded to many.Gleadhill's diary account of two Irish ladies "d'un Certain Age" inRussia's Far East draws us into this magnificent landscape.

Includes features on:
  • Volcanoes, vodka and 'vildlife' in Russia's Far East
  • Historical background to Kamchatka, its early explorers and indigenous peoples
  • World Heritage site
  • Geography and geology
  • Birds, bears and big horn sheep
  • Economy, environment and the future
  • Flora and fauna
  • Sport fishing and other adventure activities
  • Where to stay
  • How to get there

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About the author (2007)

Diana Gleadhill worked as a professional librarian before becoming a graphic artist. Driven by her natural curiosity and sense of adventure, she has explored places as diverse as Kenya, South America, Central Asia and the Kamchatka Peninsula. She lives in County Down, Ireland.

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