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Islands of Fire and Whales

- 14-days sailing expedition to the northern Kuriles Islands -

Atlasov Island with its volcano
Atlasov Island with its volcano
Our expedition vessel (18m long / 4.5 m wide schooner) which comfortably carries 8 passengers plus crew
Our expedition vessel (18m long / 4.5 m wide schooner) which comfortably carries 8 passengers plus crew
Planned itinerary of the Kurile Islands cruise
Planned itinerary of the Kurile Islands cruise
Ebeko volcano eruption (photo: L Kotenko)
Ebeko volcano eruption (photo: L Kotenko)
Seal
Seal
Fumarole
Fumarole
Kurile Islands panorama
Kurile Islands panorama
Interior of our boat
Interior of our boat
Boat
Boat
Pilot tour 14-28 July 2019 - booked out
The Kurile Islands stretching from Japan to Kamchatka are formed by very active volcanoes, which however are rarely visited by people.
We plan to charter a small expedition vessel that accommodates up to 8 people and spend 12 days sailing between the northern group of volcanoes, and try to approach and observe some of the most active volcanoes in the chain.
  • Visit some of the world's most active and rarely visited volcanoes
  • Very small group size
  • Amazing wildernesses and breathtaking land- and seascapes
  • Untouched volcanic features from close
  • Large calderas and impressive stratovolcanoes
  • Abundant sea and bird life
  • Expedition style
  • Accompanying Russian and German volcanologist team

Kurile Islands expedition

Noot:
The exact itinerary during the expedition might need to be adjusted depending on weather, sea, volcanic and other unexpected conditions as well as the time-table of the public ferry from Petropavlovsk to Severo-Kurilsk.
Dag 1: (17 July 2020) Arrival in Petropavlovsk
Arrival at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Elizovo airport), pickup and transfer to our guesthouse. Time to relax, enjoy great views. Final preparations, shopping, visit the city center. Dinner and briefing in the evening.
Acc.: guesthouse (L, D)
Dag 2: (18 Jul 2020) Spare day in Petropavlovsk
Spare day in Kamchatka. Optional: city tour to Petropavlovsk and visit of the Volcanarium museum to hear a lecture about volcanoes or the helicopter excursion to Valley of Geysers (extra).
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Dag 3-6: (19-22 Jul) 5 days sailing expedition
Day 3-7: (19-23 July) 5 days sailing expedition along the eastern coast of Kamchatka and Kurile
Day 3 Boarding, start sailing. Starichkov islands, Vilyuchinskaia bay, russian bay
Day 4 Sail to Severo-Kurilsk.
Day 5 Sail Alaid volcano. Taketomi
Day 6 Sail Shumshu, birds islands
If the weather permits days 5-7 can be used for going to Alaid, than Onekotan, caldera Black lake and than further sailing around Paramushir)
Acc.: shared cabins on board (B, L, D)
Dag 7: Arrival to Severo-Kurilsk
Spare day on the boat. In the evening arrival to Severo-Kurilsk
Acc.: hostel (B, L, D)
Dag 8: Climb Ebeko volcano
(24 Jul) Climb Ebeko
Acc.: tents (B, L, D)
Dag 9: (25 Jul) Exploration Ebeko volcanic fields
Exploration Ebeko volcanic fields - fumaroles, crater lake, hot springs. In the evening visit of volcano observation place.
Acc.: tents
Dag 10: (26 Jul) Day in Severo-Kurilsk
Go down to Severo-Kurilsk. Visit museum, walk along the beach. Overnight hostel
Acc.: hostel (B, L, D)
Dag 11: (27 Jul) Trekking to glacier lakes
trekking to glacier lakes
Acc.: as
Dag 12: (28 July) Departure with Gipanis to Petropavlovsk
Ferry back from Severo-Kurilsk to Petropavlovsk (over night)
Acc.: night on ferry (B, L, D)
Dag 13: (29 Jul) Arrival to Petropavlovsk, farewell dinner
Arrival to Petropavlovsk, transfer to Elizovo. Accommodation in guesthouse, farewell dinner.
Acc.: guesthouse (B, L, D)
Dag 14: Departure, extension program in Kamchatka
Departure, extension program in Kamchatka

Aankomst info:

The tour starts and ends in Petropavlovsk (Kamchatka).

Tour code:RUS_KUR
Soort reis: Expedition: geologie - fotografie - avontuur
Moeilijkheidsgraad:Aangepaste (variabele)
Group size:5-6
Duur: 15 days / 14 nights

Datums:

geen geplande datums, gegevens op dit moment

Prijs (pp): 5900 EUR (if 6 part.) / 6300 EUR (if 5 part.)

Inbegrepen:

  • All transfers to / from Petropavlovsk
  • Boat charter for 9 days / 8 nights
  • Boat crew incl. cook
  • Full board incl. drinking water, tea, coffee
  • Camping & safety gear (incl. satellite phone)
  • Accompanying volcanologist from the Institute of Volcanology in Petropavlovsk specialist for the Kurile Islands
  • Accompanying volcanologist from our team (Dr. Tom Pfeiffer)

Tour guide:

Normally, volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer accompanies this tour. Tom has been traveling to volcanoes and documenting volcanic activity for over 20 years. His science background includes a PhD thesis about Santorini and Vesuvius volcano and he has worked at the Hawai'i and Vesuvius volcano observatories before founding VolcanoDiscovery in 2004 and the new brand Volcano-Adventures in 2015.
Tom speaks German, English, Italian, French, Greek and Danish fluently as well as some Spanish where needed.
Volcanologist Dr. Tom Pfeiffer on Santorini

Important note:

- Returning customers of VolcanoDiscovery will have priority on this expedition.
- Deposit payment modalities: by end of Oct, we will need to ask for a 3000 EUR deposit, as we will then need to pay a deposit for the boat charter. Rest payment is then due by 2 month prior to the trip.
- In case of cancellation from YOUR side, our refund policy on this trip is changed: until 1 Mar 2019: 10%, until 30 April: 50%, after and including 1 May: 90% cancellation fee. If you or we can find another traveler to take your spot then, we can waive the cancellation fee to a service fee of 100 EUR.
- The indicated per person price at 5 (6) participants is based on 480,000 (450,000) RUB at an exchange rate of 76 RUB/EUR. If by 2 months prior to the tour, the RUB/EUR exchange rate has deviated more than 5% from this value, the per person EUR price will be be adjusted accordingly to recalculate the final payment due.
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