Prix & Départs

Islands of Fire and Whales

12-days expedition to the southern Kuriles Islands

Pilot tour 16-30 Aug 2020
The Kurile Islands stretching from Japan to Kamchatka are formed by very active volcanoes, which however are rarely visited by people.
  • 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

South Kuriles itinerary

J 1: Flight to Yuzno-Kurilsk, visit Kurilsky Bay
Transfer to the airport, flight to Iturup. Arrival in Kurilsk. Transfer and accommodation in a hotel. Dinner. Trip to Yankito plateau. Kurilsky bay: reverberating beach is a conglomeration of rocks made of frozen volcanic lava on the seacoast. The alien scenery of mysterious shapes worry the imagination. Visit to the “Vannochki” complex – thermal mineral springs with a view of Kurilsky bay. Dinner in the hotel.
J 2: Arrival
Arrival to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Pick up at the airport, transfer to our hotel. Accommodation in a hotel. Sightseeing tour around the city.
Welcome dinner.
J 3: Baranskiy volcano
Full-day excursion to Baranskiy volcano.
J 4: Spare day
Excursion to Kasatka Bay. Visit Baranskiy volcano — one of the active volcanoes of Iturup Island.
J 5: White cliffs
Excursion to the White cliffs, waterfall wall.
J 6: Yuzhno-Kurilsk
Transfer to the port, departure to Yuzhno-Kurilsk on a ferry.
J 7: Arrival to Yuzhno-Kurilsk
Arrival in Yuzhno-Kurilsk. Transfer to hotel.
J 8: Caldera of the volcano Golovnin, lake Kipyashyee.
Excursion to Caldera of the volcano Golovnin, lake Kipyashyee.
J 9: Sea trip to Tyatya volcano
Transfer to the pier. Sea trip to point Rubezhny where Tyatya volcano is located. Make a camp near the crater “Otvazhny”.
J 10: Tyatya volcano
Day 10
Ascent of the Tyatya volcano (4 hrs). Descent to the sea. Journey back on boats (if the weather is good; if not – with the quads)
Hotel “Iceberg", dbl
J 11: Fumaroles of Mendeleev volcano
Excursion to fumaroles of Mendeleev volcano. Trekking to the Stolbchaty.
J 12: Flight to Yuzhny-Sakhalinsk
Flight to Yuzhny-Sakhalinsk.
J 13: Departure
Transfer to the airport. Flight back home or own extension.

Point de départ:

The tour starts and ends in Petropavlovsk (Kamchatka).

Thème: Expédition: Géologie & Volcanisme - Photographie - Aventure
Difficulté: Variable (dépendant de l'itinéraire choisi et vos préférences)
Groupe: 5-6
Durée: 12 days / 11 nights


Aug 2020

Prix (p. p.): 5900 EUR (if 6 part.) / 6300 EUR (if 5 part.)

Le prix comprend:

  • All transfers to / from Sachalin
  • 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
  • Accompagnement par un volcanologue de notre équipe


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

Info importante:

- 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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