Amazing and hardly comparable to all others adventure to Pacific Russian islands - Sakhalin, Iturup and Kunashir. Spirited islands with unique history, rich with a huge variety of animals, bays and capes, volcanoes and hot springs will find a place at your heart for a long time.
Sakhalin – the wonderful place with amazing capes, quiet bays and mysterious lighthouses. Taste sea delicacies and conquer mountain peaks. Everybody would be able to accomplish a feat or make a discovery here.
The uniqueness of Sakhalin is, first of all, its remoteness from central regions of Russia, thus visiting Sakhalin is quite an achievement.
This is hard to find someone who was disappointed after meeting this enchanting piece of land. The island is famous for its huge variety of plants, rare animals, birds and fish. Not mentioning the especial charming atmosphere that is impossible to be captured even with the best and brightest photos and videos.
Sakhalin – mysterious and unpredictable world
During the travel tourists will find about Japanese period in the life of Sakhalin people and military events that took place on its territory. The guests will also see the main attractions of the island.
Tikhaya (quiet) Bay, which shores are covered with rare herbs and flowers, was named Tikhaya by famous seaman Ivan Fyodorovich Kruzenshtern. This is a rocky inaccessible island, inhabited primarily by loud sea gulls. Only their calls break a drowsy silence of this corner of paradise.
Velikan (Giant) Cape and Ptichiy (Bird) Cape are known not only by their unusual names. The nature created the whole natural assembly out of these two magnificent “brothers”. The majority of stone sculptures with unique view appeared due to the efforts of the strong winds and sea waves. Unusual laced rock arcs and pillars became a place for living for colonies of birds. The huge rock, that looks like a bogatyr (hero of folk Russian legends) from afar, is the pride of this composition. You will absotively make amazing photos of Sakhalin nature!
Iturup – is one of many islands of Kurils, the biggest one and has the widest range of attractions. One of them is Baranskiy volcano, which height is over 1000 meters. There are a lot of mud pools, hot lakes and mineral streams at its bottom.
Excursions to White cliffs and Kasatka Bay on Iturup island will acquaint you with geographical and historical knowledge, linked with ancient period and war events of different years. The same interest as White cliffs and Kasatka Bay hold Velikan Cape and Lyagushka (Frog) butte, that are located on Sakhalin.
Yankito plateau is one of those places that are interesting by the way they appeared. Solidified black lava in combination with green grass and bright flowers looks very unusual. And there is the info that the evidences that people used to live here during neolithic age have been found.
Are you aware of the fact that there is a huge variety of hot springs at Iturup? If you choose to travel to Iturup Island with us, you will have an opportunity to visit 3 hot springs resorts. You can swim in acidulous springs near Baranskiy volcano, take radon bath at "Vannochki" resort and enter sulfur springs at "Zharkiye Vody" ("Hot Waters" in English) resort. But you must be very careful before visiting hot springs and consult with specialuist before doing so.
In order to find more about Kunashir Island, you need to get acquinted with its main attractions.
Stolbchatiy Cape. It is impossible to leave the island without visiting this amazing place. Its name bears the meaning that it consists of columns ("stolby" in Russian), which stand close to each other and form vertical walls. The most wonderful thing is that these columns are formed with solidified basaltic lava as a result of volcano eruption.
Caldera of Golovnin volcano. The volcano was named after brave russian traveller, who was digesting the Kuril Islands at the beginning of the XIX century and made 2 trips around the world. His name was Vasiliy Golovnin. The Caldera looks like a cavity with 4 km diameter, which has formed as a result of volcano's collapse at the bottom of the ocean. Two lakes appeared inside the cavity and gas, wet steam and hot water erupt from them.
Fumarole field of Mendeleev volcano. Fumaroles are cracks, through which volcano gases get to the surface with loud pops. They consist of sulfur, which crystallizes and forms yellow lacelike patterns. Incredible and spectaculare view, which is hard to stop looking at!