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Islands of Fire and Whales

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

Ebeko volcano eruption
Ebeko volcano eruption
Atlasov Island with its volcano
Atlasov Island with its volcano
Kurile Islands panorama
Kurile Islands panorama
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 nice expedition vessel that accommodates up to 8 people and spend 5 days sailing along the eastern cost of Kamchatka to Northern Kurile islands, between the northern group of volcanoes, and try to approach and observe some of the most active volcanoes in the chain. After we arrive in Severo-Kurilsk, we will explore the island Paramushir, spend 2 days at the most active volcano - Ebeco, observe its active volcanic fields and hope to enjoy an eruption.
  • 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 volcanologist

Kurile Islands expedition

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.
Day 1: (17 July 2020) Arrival in Petropavlovsk
Arrival at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Elizovo airport), pickup and transfer to the guesthouse. Time to relax and enjoy the views. Final preparations, shopping, visiting the city centre. Dinner and briefing in the evening.
Acc.: guesthouse (L, D)
Day 2: (18 Jul 2020) Day in Petropavlovsk
A city tour in Petropavlovsk, a visit to the Volcanarium museum, a lecture about volcanoes. This day may also be used for the helicopter excursion to the Valley of Geysers or Kuril Lake to watch bears (extra cost).
Acc.: as before (B, D)
Day 3-7: (19-23 Jul) 5 days sailing expedition to Northern Kurile Islands
Beginning of the sailing expedition along the east coast of Kamchatka.
Visits to Starichkov islands, Vilyuchinskaia Bay, Russian Bay. Possibility to see orcas along the way.
During the next days: visits to Alaid volcano, Taketomi, Shumshu, bird islands, Onekotan, Paramushir.
Please note: the exact itinerary might need to be adjusted depending on the weather and other conditions.
23 Jul (in the evening): arrival to Severo-Kurilsk, accommodation in a simple hotel.
Acc.: shared cabins on board (B, L, D)
Day 8: (24 Jul) Climb Ebeko volcano
Climbing Ebeko Volcano. Camping. Night observations of Ebeco's activity.
Acc.: tents (B, L, D)
Day 9: (25 Jul) Exploration Ebeko volcanic fields
Exploration Ebeko volcanic fields: fumaroles, crater lake, hot springs. Night observation of Ebeco activity.
Acc.: as before (B, L, D)
Day 10: (26 Jul) Day in Severo-Kurilsk
Return to Severo-Kurilsk. A visit to a museum, a walk along the beach.
Acc.: simple hotel (B, L, D)
Day 11: (27 Jul) Full day hiking excursion on Paramushir.
A full-day hiking excursion to Paramushir Island.
Acc.: as before (B, L, D)
Day 12: (28 July) Departure with Gipanis to Petropavlovsk
Gipanis ferry back from Severo-Kurilsk to Petropavlovsk (overnight).
Acc.: night on ferry (B, L, D)
Day 13: (29 Jul) Arrival to Petropavlovsk, farewell dinner
Arrival to Petropavlovsk, transfer to Elizovo. Accommodation in a guesthouse, farewell dinner with Kamchatka's delicious foods and drinks.
Acc.: guesthouse (B, L, D)
Day 14: (30 Jul) Departure, extension program in Kamchatka
Departure, extension program in Kamchatka

Arrival info:

The tour starts and ends in Petropavlovsk (Kamchatka).

Tour code: RUS_KUR
Tour type: Expedition: geology & volcanism - photography - adventure
Difficulty: Custom (variable)
Group size: 4-6
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights


17-30 Jul 2020

Price (p.p.): 4900 EUR (if 4 part.) / 4700 EUR (if 5-6 part.)


  • Transfers from / to airport Elizovo
  • Boat charter for 5 days / 4 nights
  • Ferry Tickets to Gipanis (Severo-Kurilsk - Petrpavlovsk)
  • Accommodation in a cozy guesthouse in Elizovo
  • Accommodation in a small nice hotel Severo-Kurilsk
  • Boat crew incl. cook
  • Full board incl. drinking water, tea, coffee
  • Camping & safety gear
  • Accompanying local guide - specialist for the Kurile Islands
  • Accompanying volcanologist from our team

Tour guide:

The expedition will be guided by a local volcanologist from Severo-Kurilsk or Petropavlovsk and accompanied by one of our team.

Important note:

- Returning customers of VolcanoDiscovery will have priority on this expedition.
- A decision whether the tour can run or not must be made till the end of December 2019. If you're interested in joining, we ask you to contact us as soon as possible
- Deposit modalities: We will first ask you a small deposit of 500 EUR at time of sign-up; by end of Dec, we will need to ask for an additional 2500 EUR deposit, as we will then need to pay a deposit for the boat charter. At this stage,
your deposit becomes non-refundable unless there is someone else willing to take your spot.
-The indicated per person price is based on an exchange rate of 70-75 RUB/EUR. If this exchange rate falls above / below this window, the per person EUR price
will be be adjusted accordingly.
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