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The Ring of Fire

Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
13 Days
May - June
Highlights
  • Animal observation
  • Possibility to go kayaking in the open ocean
  • Seeing rare animals and plants
  • Relaxation in hot thermal springs
  • Islands exploration
  • Pristine nature
Tour Overview

The name of the cruise speaks for itself. The temperature of this journey tends to be high. It сan be said that the expedition is on fire. You will navigate through the territory where the volcanoes are on every step (129 volcanoes officially counted in Kamchatka where a quarter of them are being active). They form an uninterrupted volcanic chain, which stretches along the eastern coast of the peninsula.Besides, during the trip you will see brown bears and a lot of different birds. And if luck is on the side of the tourists you will observe local marine animals: dolphins, porpoises, minke and different kinds of whales: the sperm whale, killer whale, beaked whale, sea whale, fin whale, humpback whale, the Japanese whale and etc.You will feel like a pioneer discovering this uninvestigated region. It’s unique nature and fauna will not leave indifferent even the most demanding and sophisticated travellers.

The cruise is held on board of the ship "Spirit of Enderby"

Technical description: year built - 1984, length - 71,6 m, width - 12,8 m, maximum speed - 12 knots (2 engines), cabins - 28, accommodation - 50 berths expedition.

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Arrival to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
    Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
  • Day 2
    Start of the navigation
    Bering Sea
  • Day 3
    Commander island
    Bering Sea — Commander islands
  • Day 4
    Everyday life of the region
    Commander island
  • Day 5
    Up to the Zhupanova river
    Zhupanova river
  • Day 6
    Mutnovsky volcano
    Russkaya bay
  • Day 7
    Atlasova island and Nemo volcano
    Russkaya Bay — Atlasova island
  • Day 8
    Bird-watching
    Ekarma Island
  • Day 9
    The most hard-to-get islands
    Yankicha island — Simushit island
  • Day 10
    Active volcanoes of the Kuril islands
    Kuril Islands
  • Day 11
    Thermal hot springs
    Iturup island
  • Day 12
    Black island
    Kunashir island
  • Day 13
    Return to Sakhalin
    Kunashir island — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • 10:00
    Transfer hotel/airport - port
  • 11:00
    Embarkation on boat
    Once on board you will be shown the cabins and given the time to unpack and explore the vessel. After we start sailing towards the Sea of Okhotsk there will be briefings and introductions to the ship from its crew and staff.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 15:00
    Departure
    There is also some good birding as we leave the shoreline behind.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Navigation
    A day at sea as we cruise towards the Commander Islands. It is also a good time to be on deck as the birding is good with Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel and Red-legged Kittiwake amongst the likely sightings.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Entertainment program
    Enjoy several lectures and briefings as we prepare for the days ahead - about local animals and history of the region.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Bering Sea
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Visit of the islands
    There are two main islands in the Commander group, Bering and Medny, and during our two days we will explore several sites combining the best of the natural and cultural history. There is an excellent chance of finding Rock Sandpiper, Mongolian Plover, Pechora Pipit and Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch, as well as the endemic subspecies of Arctic Fox.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the excursion
    Zodiac cruising can be extremely rewarding here with several species of auklets as well as the Red-legged Kittiwake. The area is also extremely rich in marine mammals. Potential species include Sperm, Humpback, Northern Minke and Baird’s Beaked-Whales, as well as Orcas, Steller Sea Lions, Northern Fur Seals and Sea Otters.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Bering Sea — Commander islands
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Excursion to the Nikolskoye village
    We include a visit to the small settlement of Nikolskoye and the local museum and if weather permits Commander Bay, where Vitus Bering was shipwrecked and is buried.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the cruise
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Commander island
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Navigation on the Zhupanova River
    We will spend several hours in the Zodiacs cruising on the scenic Zhupanova River where we should get great looks at Steller’s Sea Eagles as the birds often perch in the trees adjacent to the river. Other highlights could include Pacific Diver, Far Eastern Curlew, Glaucous-winged Gull, Aleutian Tern and Yellow-breasted Bunting. There is also a major salmon fishery on the river which we can visit.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Return on board and departure
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Zhupanova river
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Walking on the Russian bay beach
    In this bay you'll have a possibility to see a lot of birds. From the bay there is an admirable vue on the Mutnovsky volcano (2322 meters).
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the cruise
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Russkaya bay
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Debarkation on the Atlasova island
    Very early in the morning we will pass through Second Kuril Strait which has one of the highest densities of Sea Otters in the Kuril Islands. Our landing on Atlasova Island is great for birders and non birders alike. There are the remains of a Gulag to explore and numerous species to see.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 15:00
    Visit of the Black lake
    This evening on Onekotan Island we can stretch our legs through an amazing field of wild flowers as we walk to Black Lake. We will see the Nemo volcano.
  • 18:00
    Return on board, continuation of the navigation
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Russkaya Bay — Atlasova island
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Visit of ilsands
    During an early morning Zodiac cruise at Ekarma Island we should see various alcids, with close looks at Tufted Puffin and Whiskered Auklet
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 15:00
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Ekarma Island
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Yankicha island
    Our visit to Yankicha Island is likely to be one of the highlights of the voyage as the number of alcids which breed here is incredible, with spectacular concentrations of Crested and Whiskered Auklets.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Simushir Island
    We will enter a flooded caldera at the northern end of Simushir Island where a once top secret Soviet submarine base lies abandoned. In the surrounding area look for the Siberian Rubythroat, Eurasian Nutcracker, Pine Grosbeak and Japanese Grey Bunting.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Yankicha island — Simushit island
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Chirpoy Island
    This morning depending on weather we will either Zodiac cruise or land on Chirpoy Island where there are some dramatic volcanic landscapes and headlands covered in breeding seabirds.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Visit of the Urup Island
    This afternoons landing on Urup Island is a chance to stretch you legs on an extended walk, beachcomb and look for Sea Otters or birds in the forest behind the beach.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Kuril Islands
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Bus excursion
    This morning we land at the small settlement of Kurilsk from where local buses/trucks will take us into the volcanic highlands to thermal hot pools where you can enjoy a soak or go birding. Possible species include Brown Dipper, Arctic Warbler, Japanese Robin, Pine Grosbeak and Japanese Grey Bunting.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the cruise
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Iturup island
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Excursion to the Kunashir island
    Kunashir is the largest island in the Kuril chain. We plan a landing in the Kurilsky Reserve and will explore an extensive area of woodland, where there are some good walks and birding. This afternoon while we are at sea there is a chance for birding and an opportunity to recap and pack.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Kunashir island
Accommodation
Accommodation in the cabin Spirit of enderby
Triple standard cabin
  • 08:00
    Breakfast on board
  • 09:00
    Arrival to the port. Debarkation.
  • 10:00
    Transfer port - airport/hotel
    End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Kunashir island — Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Detailed description
Departures
May, 28 2019
Start
-
June, 09 2019
End
Available: 4+
Status
7,650 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
Price does not include
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Kayak and equipment rental
  • Beverages
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price is given for the Main Deck Triple / for 1 person(one upper and 2 lower berths, simple comfort accommodation, toilet and shower outdoors. The cabin has one bunk (one upper and one lower) and one lower berth, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and wash basin). Port charges - 500 $. Kayaking - 1025 $ (the price of the 2018). To book the others categories, the following supplement is applied: + 1 275 $ for the Standard Twin Cabin with simple comfort accommodation, toilet and shower outdoors. The cabin has one bunk (one upper and one lower) and one lower berth, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and wash basin. + 2 010 $ for the Superior Cabin (bunks (an upper and lower berth), wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows. + 2 640 $ for the Superior Plus Cabin (two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, desk, a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows. + 3 050 $ for the Mini Suite Cabin (a separate bedroom with a double bed and a single bed or a sofa in the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin). The Mini Suites have windows. + 3 900 $ for the Capitan Luxe Deck (a large lounge area, a separate bedroom with double bed, a single bed in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers). There is a private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. There are large forward and side facing windows to allow great views.

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Laurence
From 7 August 2018 to 19 August 2018
Destination: Kamchatka
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Très beau voyages, des volcans, et des ours !!
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Jean-Pierre
From 22 August 2018 to 3 April 2018
Destination: Kamchatka
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Très bien ! J'ai fait un super tour avec une très bonne organisation. A recommander !
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Cyril
From 14 July 2018 to 23 July 2018
Destination: Kamchatka
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Nous avons beaucoup aprécié ce tour, l'endroit de l'observation des ours est excellent, et c'était notre but premier. Notre guide Roman a vraiment été excellent, très attentionné, et a fait vraiment son possible pour nous rendre le tour agréable.
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Marco
From 30 July 2018 to 18 August 2018
Destination: Kamchatka
Custom tourGrand Tour to Kamchatka: Classic Kamchatka + Active Volcanoes
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Actually I'm fully satisfied and I think we will meet again in the future
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Fabienne
From 7 August 2017 to 19 August 2017
Destination: Kamchatka
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joli voyage. Des choses peuvent être améliorées au niveau de l'organisation sur place, transmission d'informations sur la région de la part du guide, repas dans les hôtels (mauvais)
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