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Helicopter Excursion to the Valley of the Geysers

The Valley of Geysers  is a geyser field on Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, and has the second largest concentration of geysers in the world. This 6 km long basin with approximately 90 geysers and many hot springs is situated on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, predominantly on the left bank of the ever-deepening Geysernaya River, into which geothermal waters flow from a relatively young stratovolcano, Kikhpinych. Temperatures have been found to be 250 °C, 500 m below the caldera ground. It is part of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve, which, in turn, is incorporated into the World Heritage Site "Volcanoes of Kamchatka". The valley is difficult to reach, with helicopters providing the only feasible means of transport.

We suggest you bring the following:
• Warm clothes (weather can be   changeable)
• Suitable walking/ hiking shoes
• Sunglasses and sunscreen
• Swimsuit & towel (optional)
• Insect Repellent
• Binoculars/ Camera

Departures
Includes:

Picnic Lunch , Transfer (Pick up and drop off at hotel),
Helicopter flight, Services of guides/ interpreters.


Excludes:

Alcoholic beverages


Helicopter Excursion to the Valley of the Geysers itinerary:

The Valley of Geysers
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the helicopter pad near Elizovo. It takes over an hour to get to The Valley of the Geysers by helicopter; during this time you will be able to enjoy aerial views of active and extinct volcanoes, mountain ranges, taiga, rivers and lakes. The flight will take you over the most interesting volcanoes –including Karymsky (1486m, it is a very active volcano and if you are lucky you might even see a small eruption) and Maly Semyachik (1560m) volcano with an acid lake in its crater. After landing in the Valley of the Geysers you will have a guided walk. The Valley cannot be compared with any other natural wonder in the world - it is unique. There are more than 20 big geysers in the valley including Velican (Giant), Zhemchuzhny (Pearly), Fontan (Fountain), Shchel (Split). These geysers gush every 10-12 minutes, while others may erupt once in 4-5 hours. In June 2007 a massive mudflow covered. Valley of the Geysers blocking a small river, which caused a thermal lake to form in the valley. Since then waters have receded somewhat, exposing some of the submerged features. Velikan (Giant) Geyser, one of the field’s largest, was not buried in the slide and has recently been observed to be active. The extent of permanent change is not yet clear, but may be less than was originally thought. Valley of the Geysers looks a lot different now, but it remains one of the natural wonders of Russia. The columns of steam, fountains of boiling water, incredible colours of slopes, hot water streaming along them and profuse greenery of grasses and trees create an enchanting spectacle. There is a range of walking options in the valley.

Excursions

Excursions

Just Russia Travel offer a number of day excursions in many cities and towns to complement your time in Russia. Choose from rafting, helicopter day trips, Brown Bear viewing, dacha (traditional summer house) visits and much more. These day trips are just a selection of what is available. If you would like a personalised itinerary tailored to your interests for example bird watching, snow sports, history and culture etc please contact our office.