Kuril Islands, from North to South - 15 days

During the tour, you will visit the 15 islands of the Northern, Middle and Southern Kuriles, take walks through the volcanic landscapes, admire the marine mammals and birds, if you are lucky - you will meet whales. You will visit those places where traces of the Japanese, and then the Soviet military presence, are still well preserved. At the parking lots, everyone will be able to try their luck in halibut fishing, and Nature will give unforgettable shots to photographers.

Conditions: passengers are accommodated in 2-berth cabins on the ship. Bed linen is provided. During the day, breakfast, lunch and dinner are organized in a cozy ship saloon, in some cases, meals are organized on the route. For the delivery of tourists from the ship to the shore and boat trips, inflatable boats of the “Zodiac” type with outboard motors are used. During the maritime transitions in the cabin companies, lectures, presentations, films about the nature of Kamchatka and Kuriles are held.

Level of difficulty, limitations: the tour is designed for people with average physical skills. Children's participation is allowed only when accompanied by parents.

Program

Day 1

Arrival on the ship, accommodation, safety instructions, departure from the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in the direction of the Kuril Islands.

Day 2

Arrival at the port of Severo-Kurilsk, Paramushir island. Landing on the shore, passing the border control. Climbing Ebeko volcano.

Ebeko volcano (1156 m). This active volcano is located on the island of Paramushir, 7 km from Severo-Kurilsk. Being one of the most active in the Kuril Islands, it is interesting by the presence of several craters. In the southern part of the cone is an active crater, which appeared after the eruption in 1965. In the northern part, in the crater there is a small lake with greenish water. The North Crater known from literature was filled with slags and volcanic bombs during the last eruption. And one more - the central one - is filled with a lake, which is replenished with water from a snowfield. The lake was once hot, but later lost contact with underground heat sources. Climbing the volcano Ebeko, you can see the remains of the Japanese sulfur plant and a lot of fumarole. These are holes through which gases rise from the bowels of the earth. Each fumarole is surrounded by intricate figures of native sulfur. Among the large fumarole fields stands out the northeast field, known as “Roaring Fumaroles” or “White Key”. Return to the ship. Night trip to Onekotan island.

Day 3

Island Onekotan. The island has active volcanoes with calderas: Krenitsyn (1324 m, named after the captain of the 1st rank P. K. Krenitsyn) in the southern part and Nemo (1019 m) in the northern part. Calderas filled with the water. In the south, the Krenitsyn volcano's caldera is completely flooded with water, above which rises a modern volcanic structure. The lake has a circumference of about 15 km and, thanks to its ring-shaped form, is called the Ring. In the north, the caldera of the Nemo volcano is filled with water only in the northeast, forming Lake Chernoe more than 4 km long and about 2 km wide. The landscape is made up of thickets of cedar elfin wood, alder-cedar elfin woods with a height of 2-4 m, stone placers on a plateau in the southern part of the Soviet range and on steep slopes and ridges of mountains, marshes, heaths (bushes of mainly heather families), shrubs of shrubs alders, tall grasses in the lowlands and on the foothill plains. Berries: blueberries, cloudberries.

In the morning we land on the shore in order to climb the Ring Range. And here it is, the eighth wonder of the world - Krenitsina volcano. Unusual beauty! The ring lake in good weather is perfectly visible. The stone dome is clearly visible at the eastern slope - the consequences of the last eruption of 1952. The height of the volcano is 1324 m. The height of the lake above sea level is 400 m, The depth is 150-200 m. On the way there are beautiful fields ted with blooming irises, there are a lot of boletus mushrooms. Return to the ship. Night transition to Shiashkotan island.

Day 4

In the morning, you will see the boats from the quaint rock formations and waterfalls of Shiashkotan Island along its western coast.

The second half of the day we dedicate to the ascent of the active Kunntintar volcano. Climbing is generally not too difficult because there is no thick grass, and groups of shrubs are easy to get around in advance. The crater of the volcano is covered with sulfur and is almost invisible because of the jets of gas and steam. We look into the crater and in the evening we go down to the shore. On the way, you can meet curious black-brown foxes. In the evening, we take off the anchor and go past the rocks of the Trap to the Ushishir Archipelago.

Day 5

In the morning, the rookery of the seals on the rocks of Sredny Island from the water. There is also a rookery sea lions.

Next, go to Yankicha Island (Ushishir archipelago) and make landing in the Kraternaya bay.

Ushishir - islands of the middle group of the Great Ridge of the Kuril Islands, uninhabited. They consist of two large islands - Ryponkicha and Yankicha, and adjacent rocks. The total area of ​​about 5 km ². The islands are covered with elfin woods and ocean meadows. On the island of Yankich there is the active volcano Ushishir with a height of 388 m. There are fumaroles and thermal springs (in the past - the sacred sites of the Ainu people who lived here), geysers. “Ushishir” in the language of the Ainu natives who once inhabited the Kuril Islands means “good land”. Enthusiastic about this crater island, Captain Snow. He was especially impressed by the majestic crater bay - quiet, populated by myriads of seabirds, fenced off from the boundless ocean expanses by steep walls. Numerous bird nesting sites (guillemots, fulmars, gulls, puffins, cormorants, in the water area of ​​the Kraternaya Bay, numerous clusters of crested auklets are traditional). Arctic foxes were brought to the islands. These animals are not afraid of men and strive to drag food from the table of travelers.

Here we have a kind of "day of rest." We walk along the shore, admire the beauty, swim in the natural hot springs. At night, the transition to the Black Brothers Islands.

Day 6

The Black Brothers Islands group consists of two small rounded islands, Chirpoi and Brother Chirpoev, separated by the 2.2 km wide Snow Strait and surrounded, in turn, by numerous cliffs.

In the morning - a viewing from the water of the picturesque volcanoes Black and Snow on Chirpoi island. On Chirpoi island after the eruption of Snow Volcano in 2014, the residual activity in the form of gas-ash emissions is still observed. Then, landing on Brother Chirpoev Island at the sea lion rookery. Walk to the upper terrace, where the research observation point was previously located. Observation of animals. Go to Iturup Island.

Day 7

Iturup Island is the largest in area among the Kuril Islands. Located in the south of the Big Kuril ridge. The area of ​​the island is 3139 sq. Km, the length is 203 km, the maximum width is up to 46 km, in some places it narrows to 5.5 km. From the island of Kunashir in the south, Iturup Island is separated by the Catherine Strait. The relief of the island is mountainous, with several volcanic massifs and mountain ridges, connected by hilly and lowland bridges. There are 9 active volcanoes and 7 extinct volcanoes on Iturup. In the morning we disembark in the city of Kurilsk and pass through border control. Then - traditional shopping and drive by bus to the mineral springs of the Baransky volcano. Upon returning to the ship we pass in a southerly direction, observing the classic cone of Atsonupuri volcano along the way and take a boat trip with fishing in the Gulf of Good Start (Dobroye Nachalo). Night transition to Kunashir Island.

Day 8

Kunashir Island extends from the north-east to the south-west for 123 km, width from 7 to 30 km. Area - 1490 km ². The structure of Kunashir resembles the neighboring Iturup and consists of three mountain ranges. The highest peak is the volcano Tyatya (1819 m) with the correct truncated cone surmounted by a wide crater. This beautiful high volcano is located in the northeastern part of the island. Kunashir is separated by Kunashir Strait (Nemuro) from the Peninsula Siretok (Hokkaido Island). The rivers, like everywhere on the Kuriles, are short and shallow. The longest river is Tyatina, originating from the Tyatya volcano. The lakes are predominantly lagoon lakes (e.g. Sandy Lake) and caldera (e.g. Hot Lake).

In the morning disembarkation in Yuzhno-Kurilsk, loading into cars, transfer to the beginning of the ecological trail. Walking route to the coast of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, visiting the nature monument of Cape Stolbchaty. Relaxation. Sea fishing, swimming, snorkeling. Along the way - swimming in wild thermal pools. Lunch by the sea. Upon returning - inspection of the village, a visit to the pool with thermal springs the Hot Key (Goryachiy Klyuch). Night transition to Shikotan island.

Day 9

Shikotan Island extends from the north-east to the south-west for 27 km, width 5-13 km. An area of ​​225 km ². The maximum height of 412 m (mountain Shikotan). There are no active volcanoes on the island. However, the island is seismic, here tsunami are possible. On the coast of the South-Kuril Strait there are Malokurilskaya Cape (in the northern part of the island) and Krabov Cape (Crab) in the central part. The southern coast of Shikotan is subject to ocean erosion. Due to the roughness of the coastline and the presence of small convenient bays, the island received its Ainu, and then the Japanese name “the best place”.

On the island we land in the village of Malokurilskoye and on a rented vehicle we make a sightseeing tour of the village with views of the picturesque bay, and then we visit the existing lighthouse in the eastern part of the island, located on the cape with the poetic name “The Edge of the World”. When you get there, the meaning of the name immediately becomes clear. The cape is a scion of land, stretching into the sea and ending with a vertical precipice. If you are lucky with the weather, and there will be excellent visibility, then in the distance you can see the Tyatya volcano (Kunashir island) and the Berutarube volcano (Iturup island) separated from it by the Catherine Strait. The long and flat surface of the Cape of the End of the World on three sides breaks off into the ocean with 40-meter walls. From the top platform there is a breathtaking view of the vast expanses of the Pacific Ocean, and the thought that you are really on the edge of the earth involuntarily comes.

Day 10

In the morning on the ship and boats pass along the southern coast of Shikotan island, we inspect small islands from the boat with the romantic names of Grieg, Aivazovsky, Ninth Shaft, land in small cozy bays, where we swim, catch fish and crabs. For those who wish, you can arrange diving, and in the Church Bay travelers often find agates and other beautiful stones. At the end - transition to Urup island.

Day 11

Urup Island is the fourth largest island of the Kuril Ridge, with a total length of 117 km and a width of 18 km. Its area is 1511 square kilometers. From a bird's eye view, it is clear that the island is shaped like a rectangle, which extends slightly from southwest to northeast. At the same time, the contours of the island are cut by numerous bays and capes. The relief of the island is mountainous, its basis consists of four ridges stretched out in one chain. If you look from the Sea of ​​Okhotsk, the mountains appear as a continuous line of the ridge, the ridge of which looks jagged. On the island we are planning to go sea fishing on halibut and cod, also dragging boats along the canal, we take a ride on the beautiful Tokotan Lake, where we will go fishing arctic and whitespotted chars, and in the evening we will swim in wild sulfur springs on the deserted coast of the Sea of ​​Okhotsk. Night transition to Simushir island.

Day 12

Simushir Island (Japanese. - Simusiru) is located in the middle part of the Great Kuril Ridge. It stretches from the southwest to the northeast, the length is 59 km, the width is up to 13 km. The area is 227.6 sq. Km. From the island of Ketoy in the north-east is separated by the Diana Strait, from the Black Brothers Islands in the south-west - the Bussol Strait. The coast is relatively weakly dissected in the middle part of the island, rather heavily indented in the southern and eastern parts.

The relief of the island is mountainous, only in the central part there is a small lowland. The highest peak of the island is Milna mountain (1539 m). There are several active volcanoes on the island, the largest of which is Prevo (Prevo peak) with an altitude of 1360 m. The volcano is composed of basalts. In the northeast of the island is located the deepwater bay of Bouton, which is essentially a crater of an underwater volcano. In Soviet times, it was located naval military base. At the moment it is abandoned, there is a concrete pier and buildings in the bay.

Zavaritsky Volcano is a double caldera. On the maps of Simushir Island, Zavaritsky volcano usually indicates the highest mountain (624 meters) of those that surround the double caldera. But this is a mistake. Volcanic eruptions usually occur from the bottom of the basin occupied by the lake, which is called Turquoise: in sunny weather it has an unusually beautiful, turquoise color. Sometimes on the surface of the lake there is a wonderful play of colors. This is due to the dispersion of sunlight by the water of the lake containing the smallest particles of sulfur.

At Simushir, we land on the western shore and climb the edge of the caldera of the Zavaritsky volcano. We return to the ship and, in the presence of light and good visibility, we pass to the northern part of the island and visit the Bay of Brouton. At the end - the night transition to Matua island.

Day 13

Matua Island. This is perhaps the most mysterious of all the islands of the Kuril ridge. This is due to the fact that during the Second World War on the island, the Japanese created a strong fortification. The island is literally riddled with underground tunnels and catacombs, which thousands of prisoners of war labored to create. Also on the island was an airfield, a large number of aircraft and military equipment. However, when in August 1945, Soviet troops landed on the island, they found that all equipment had disappeared without a trace. According to one version, it was hidden in underground vaults deep in the island. However, although several search expeditions were already conducted on the island, the researchers did not succeed in detecting any significant military arsenals.

We land on the island in the morning in Ainu Bay and cross the island to the east. After exploring the military fortifications and the airfield, those who wish can take a walk with the foot of the Sarychev volcano, the last powerful eruption of which occurred in 2011.

At the end - go to Raikok Island which is located in the northern part of the Middle Kuriles. The island is an overwater part of the active volcano Raikok (551 m). The shape of the island is round, about 2 km in diameter. The crater is about 60 m deep. The last major eruption occurred in 1924. Separated by the Kruzenshtern Strait from Shiashkotan Island, located 70 km to the northeast; Golovnin Strait - from the island of Matua, located 18 km south. Here we make an excursion by boat to the sea lion rookery. Nearby is the picturesque sea stacks, where you can watch the bird markets.

Then we return to the ship, go in the northeast direction to the Lovushky Rocks (Traps rocks) and take a boat trip to the Dolgaya rock, where the seals and the sea lions live together. Photograph animals and return to the ship. Night transition to Atlasov island.

Day 14

By noon - arrival on the raid of the Atlas Island. Inspection of the foot of the volcano Alaid. Visit to Alaid Bay with disembarkation and ascent to the picturesque Taketomi volcano (126 m.), Located on the Vasiliev Peninsula. The coast of the island is very picturesque, and in the adjacent water area there are constantly seals and sea otters. Under favorable weather conditions, we can approach them very closely. At the end - go in the direction of the port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Day 15

Arrival to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky by the end of the day.

The cost of the tour includes:

Accommodation in 2-beds cabins, 3 meals a day, insurance, boat work, fishing gear

Recommended equipment:

Backpack, cross-country walking shoes, high rubber boots, removable shoes, windbreaker or windbreaker, warm clothing (sweater, pants, socks, hat, gloves), cape or raincoat and splash rain, personal hygiene items, first-aid kit, bathing accessories.

Note: The route or schedule of the route may be adjusted, depending on weather conditions.

Number of days: 15
Included services:
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