This is the longest-lasting and the most unique tour to Sakhalin and Kuril islands by its components. In 16 days, you will visit 4 islands of our region to see all popular and breath-taking places – bays, capes, volcanoes and manifestations of volcanic activity. This tour is a great opportunity to take healthful baths in both civilized and wild hot springs. You will move from island to island with the sense of bitterness from parting and once again admire the places of astonishing beauty and power.
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.
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!
Bezimyannaya bay. Since 1972, when the film “The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” was shot, the bay has been called Robinson's Bay. However, this name is not popular, because the name Bezimyannaya (“Nameless”) has already taken root. According to many eyewitnesses, this bay is the most beautiful natural place on the island, along with the Tserkovnaya bay.
Krai Sveta cape (“Edge of the World”) is high, wavy and long, like a rolled scarf. Take a short walk to see the Pacific Ocean opens up in front of you. That's it, this is the end of the territory of Russia. Further, after 8 thousand km of water, there is only America. Underfoot, at the bottom of a sheer fifty-meter abyss, heavy waves beat against the stones. Strong wind makes its presence felt by almost tearing you off the place and charge you with the energy of this place.
Each bay of Shikotan Island has its own energy. No one knows the origin of the name of Snezhkov Bay. But this place is charming because of its views and the road leading to it. The opening spaces of velvet hills with overlaid embroidery from thickets of juniper attract and beckon. You can lie on a juniper “sofa” for hours, inhaling the delicate and invigorating aroma of healing pine needles and enjoying the exquisite view of the bay. But we continue our way to the bay, where we will brew the tea with wild rosemary leaves and feel like experienced travelers.
Dimitrov Bay and the peninsula of the same name got their name in honor of Dimitrov Georgy Mikhailovich, an outstanding figure of the Bulgarian labor movement and the founder of the Bulgarian People's Republic. At first sight, Dimitrov Bay doesn’t make a vivid impression. But our way lies along the bay of the Dimitrov Peninsula. The Pacific Ocean, breaking its formidable waves against the stone gates, which look like the giants of the peninsula, and the quiet harbor of the bay form an unforgettable contrast. Rugged, steep rocky shores together with a cozy smooth surface of a small lagoon, that separates the Dimitrov Peninsula and Dalniy Island, are not just impressions, but a whole palette of feelings that will stay with you forever.
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") resort. But you must be very careful before visiting hot springs and consult with specialuist before doing so.