Get our newsletter!
Garantierte Reisen
30. Jul - 13. Aug 2021: Farben von Island: Feuer, Erde, Eis und Wasser - Island
7.-15. Mai 2022: Feuerberge Siziliens - vom Stromboli zum Ätna - Äolische Inseln + Ätna
: Plätze frei / : garantiert / : Wenig freie Plätze / : Ausgebucht

Kundengeldabsicherung mit Travelsafe
VolcanoDiscovery's Hauptseite

Kamchatka volcano tour Sep 2017 - tour diary

During 3-18 Sep 2017, Tom and 10 participants went on our first pilot tour to Kamchatka. Overall, the tour was fantastic!
Highlights included a 3 days stay at remote Karymsky volcano, exceptionally good weather conditions for Gorely, Mutnovsky, Uzon and Valley of Geysers, Klyuchevskoy volcano, a large explosion from Sheveluch, great company and lots of fun! The following is a quick first impression of the tour in pictures sorted chronologically.
2 Sep 2017: The longest domestic flight in the world, Moscow-Petropavlowsk (7-8 hours), is almost over as the plane is descending in brilliant weather to the airport: we pass south of the majestic stratovolcano of Koryaksky looming over the Avachinsky Bay where the capital is located. In the background, the Zhupanowsky volcano complex, and (far left corner), Karymsky volcano with a small plume are visible as well. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
2 Sep 2017: The longest domestic flight in the world, Moscow-Petropavlowsk (7-8 hours), is almost ov... [info]
(1357 Treffer)
Koryaksky's neighbor volcano, Avachinsky follows a few moments later to the left. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Koryaksky's neighbor volcano, Avachinsky follows a few moments later to the left. (Photo: Tom Pfeiff... [info]
(1134 Treffer)
After the plane turned 180 deg into the western landing approach path, another volcano comes into the sight from the left windows: Vilyuchik stratovolcano at the edge of the southern plateau. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
After the plane turned 180 deg into the western landing approach path, another volcano comes into th... [info]
(1149 Treffer)
The flatlands of the Avacha river delta with the southern plateau. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The flatlands of the Avacha river delta with the southern plateau. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(766 Treffer)
Meandering arms and swamps of the Avacha river. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Meandering arms and swamps of the Avacha river. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(710 Treffer)
Arrived! People leave the small luggage delivery room of the airport and are greeted by unusually good weather with snow-capped Koryaksky volcano behind. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Arrived! People leave the small luggage delivery room of the airport and are greeted by unusually go... [info]
(973 Treffer)
View of my simple, but comfortable hotel room. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of my simple, but comfortable hotel room. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(846 Treffer)
3 Sep: the group has all gathered and we decide to leave already today to Karymsky as a small Pacific cyclon with very bad weather is announced to hit over the next day, probably making flights impossible then. We load our luggage onto Sasha's 4x4 truck. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
3 Sep: the group has all gathered and we decide to leave already today to Karymsky as a small Pacifi... [info]
(928 Treffer)
After a short drive, we change our transportation vehicle... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
After a short drive, we change our transportation vehicle... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(880 Treffer)
Everybody on board (almost)! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Everybody on board (almost)! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(803 Treffer)
The Russian helicopter inside is surprisingly spacious. We have everything we need and more for 3 days out in the wilderness with us. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The Russian helicopter inside is surprisingly spacious. We have everything we need and more for 3 da... [info]
(994 Treffer)
View of some tundra-covered low mountains during the flight towards ... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of some tundra-covered low mountains during the flight towards ... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(945 Treffer)
Karymsky volcano! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Karymsky volcano! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(951 Treffer)
The helicopter keeps the engine running while we unload everything to return as soon as possible, before the weather worsens; fortunately, the rotor blades are at safe height. Karymsky volcano in the background emits a dense steam plume, while the sky is already covered with dense clouds. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The helicopter keeps the engine running while we unload everything to return as soon as possible, be... [info]
(1670 Treffer)
The helicopter leaves. The cozy volcanologists' hut where we will spend the next days is visible in the right. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The helicopter leaves. The cozy volcanologists'hut where we will spend the next days is visible in t... [info]
(1062 Treffer)
Beautiful dark red wild flowers grow on the fields with steaming Karymsky volcano behind. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Beautiful dark red wild flowers grow on the fields with steaming Karymsky volcano behind. (Photo: To... [info]
(1422 Treffer)
Volcanologist Dimitris from the Volcanological Institute has come with us to take spectroscopic gas measurements of Karymsky. He soon tells us that SO2 emissions are elevated. Will we see some eruptions? (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Volcanologist Dimitris from the Volcanological Institute has come with us to take spectroscopic gas ... [info]
(1103 Treffer)
Volcanologist Alexei Ozerov from the Institute also has joined us and is giving a lecture about Kamchatka's volcanoes and eruption dynamics during tea time. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Volcanologist Alexei Ozerov from the Institute also has joined us and is giving a lecture about Kamc... [info]
(1166 Treffer)
Dinner in the hut: (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Dinner in the hut: (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(1075 Treffer)
The food is plenty and tasty, especially if one likes sea food and fish: Caviar, smoked and fresh salmon, fruit, dark bread, smoked bacon and hearty soups are standard ingredients. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The food is plenty and tasty, especially if one likes sea food and fish: Caviar, smoked and fresh sa... [info]
(972 Treffer)
5 Sep: after the announced cyclon which brought heavy winds and constant rain from the evening of 3 until the morning of 5 Sep, the sky has cleared up again. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
5 Sep: after the announced cyclon which brought heavy winds and constant rain from the evening of 3 ... [info]
(1020 Treffer)
Ronny examines a rather fresh bear's footprint on the ash plain. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ronny examines a rather fresh bear's footprint on the ash plain. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(982 Treffer)
We take a hike (about 6 km one way) through the caldera towards the crater lake of Akademia Nauk. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
We take a hike (about 6 km one way) through the caldera towards the crater lake of Akademia Nauk. (P... [info]
(998 Treffer)
The crater lake of Akademia Nauk from the southern shore. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The crater lake of Akademia Nauk from the southern shore. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(882 Treffer)
Warm springs in a natural hot pool at the small river near the hut provide an excellent way to warm up and relax. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Warm springs in a natural hot pool at the small river near the hut provide an excellent way to warm ... [info]
(808 Treffer)
Our superb team's core are our guide Andrey and the cook Alena. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Our superb team's core are our guide Andrey and the cook Alena. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(914 Treffer)
Karymsky during the night: although it had intermittent explosions during the months before, the volcano decided to stay calm during out stay. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Karymsky during the night: although it had intermittent explosions during the months before, the vol... [info]
(967 Treffer)
6 Sep: nevertheless, we had a fantastic time in this unique and remote place. Group photo. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
6 Sep: nevertheless, we had a fantastic time in this unique and remote place. Group photo. (Photo: T... [info]
(976 Treffer)
The gas plume from the volcano is more or less drifting over us today as dry high-pressure weather has started to set in. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The gas plume from the volcano is more or less drifting over us today as dry high-pressure weather h... [info]
(920 Treffer)
View of the small river and Karaymsky in the background from a hill near the hut. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of the small river and Karaymsky in the background from a hill near the hut. (Photo: Tom Pfeiff... [info]
(846 Treffer)
3 days have passed quickly: it's time to pack luggage, clean the hut and prepare for our departure. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
3 days have passed quickly: it's time to pack luggage, clean the hut and prepare for our departure. ... [info]
(806 Treffer)
Back in the helicopter, we have spectacular aerial views today: this is the crater lake of Akademia Nauk, where we had been on foot yesterday, a neighboring active caldera. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Back in the helicopter, we have spectacular aerial views today: this is the crater lake of Akademia ... [info]
(856 Treffer)
On our request, the helicopter pilots agree to fly a round over Karymsky's steep and deep crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
On our request, the helicopter pilots agree to fly a round over Karymsky's steep and deep crater. (P... [info]
(1018 Treffer)
The summit cone of Karymsky with parts of the Karymsky caldera walls behind. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The summit cone of Karymsky with parts of the Karymsky caldera walls behind. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(1515 Treffer)
The active caldera lake of Akademia Nauk volcano southeast of Karymsky seen from the helicopter. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The active caldera lake of Akademia Nauk volcano southeast of Karymsky seen from the helicopter. (Ph... [info]
(1263 Treffer)
We pass snow-covered Zhupanovsky volcano as we fly southwards. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
We pass snow-covered Zhupanovsky volcano as we fly southwards. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(1020 Treffer)
Foothills of Zhupanovsky massiv. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Foothills of Zhupanovsky massiv. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(881 Treffer)
Tundra and rocky mountain tops. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Tundra and rocky mountain tops. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(714 Treffer)
We approach the chain of Avachinsky and Koryaksky volcanoes. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
We approach the chain of Avachinsky and Koryaksky volcanoes. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(742 Treffer)
Koryaksky volcano from the SW. Thanks to the past rain storm, the snow cover has grown considerably. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Koryaksky volcano from the SW. Thanks to the past rain storm, the snow cover has grown considerably.... [info]
(1025 Treffer)
Koryaksky looming over the plain, seen shortly before landing again at the heliport near Elizovo town. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Koryaksky looming over the plain, seen shortly before landing again at the heliport near Elizovo tow... [info]
(686 Treffer)
Kamchatka's famous stone birch trees. Their wood is unusually strong and hard, which explains their name. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Kamchatka's famous stone birch trees. Their wood is unusually strong and hard, which explains their ... [info]
(665 Treffer)
7 Nov: we're inside our truck on our way to the southern plateau. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
7 Nov: we're inside our truck on our way to the southern plateau. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(782 Treffer)
View from a bridge over a river. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View from a bridge over a river. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(689 Treffer)
View towards Vilyuchik volcano from the south. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View towards Vilyuchik volcano from the south. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(1001 Treffer)
The weather could not be better for landscape photography. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The weather could not be better for landscape photography. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(700 Treffer)
Campsite in the caldera of Gorely volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Campsite in the caldera of Gorely volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(660 Treffer)
Vilyuchik volcano is always visible behind as we decide to climb Gorely in the afternoon. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Vilyuchik volcano is always visible behind as we decide to climb Gorely in the afternoon. (Photo: To... [info]
(1017 Treffer)
The trail over old lava flow fields of Gorely is easy to walk, gently climbing for about 8 km and 800 m total gain from the base to the summit area. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The trail over old lava flow fields of Gorely is easy to walk, gently climbing for about 8 km and 80... [info]
(685 Treffer)
View towards Vilyuchik volcano from the lava fields of Gorely. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View towards Vilyuchik volcano from the lava fields of Gorely. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(709 Treffer)
Stefan on the last, a bit steeper part of the trail below the summit. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Stefan on the last, a bit steeper part of the trail below the summit. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(643 Treffer)
View over Gorely's SE summit crater towards the SE, where the summit of neighboring Mutnovsky volcano is seen. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View over Gorely's SE summit crater towards the SE, where the summit of neighboring Mutnovsky volcan... [info]
(1120 Treffer)
The crater lake of the central summit crater of Gorely is partially frozen. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The crater lake of the central summit crater of Gorely is partially frozen. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(1202 Treffer)
Lava layers from effusive and explosive eruptions of Gorely's crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lava layers from effusive and explosive eruptions of Gorely's crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(657 Treffer)
The NW crater of Gorely, site of the most recent episode of unrest at the volcano during 2013-14 when a vent next to the small acid lake was emitting a hot jet of incandescent gas (at 900 deg temperatures). Now, it is calm again, but for how long? (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The NW crater of Gorely, site of the most recent episode of unrest at the volcano during 2013-14 whe... [info]
(1107 Treffer)
Wider view of the NW crater of Gorely. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Wider view of the NW crater of Gorely. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(913 Treffer)
Last sunlight paints the inner crater walls with red light. Note the silhouettes of some hikers for scale. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Last sunlight paints the inner crater walls with red light. Note the silhouettes of some hikers for ... [info]
(862 Treffer)
A cinder cone on Gorely's NE flank. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A cinder cone on Gorely's NE flank. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(849 Treffer)
A brilliant orange moonrise over the eastern horizon's mountain peaks. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A brilliant orange moonrise over the eastern horizon's mountain peaks. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(611 Treffer)
8 Sep: we hike to the crater of Mutnovsky volcano.. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
8 Sep: we hike to the crater of Mutnovsky volcano.. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(548 Treffer)
The trail is mostly over glacial moraine and debris avalanche ground through the large valley that breaches the summit area towards the NE. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The trail is mostly over glacial moraine and debris avalanche ground through the large valley that b... [info]
(601 Treffer)
After some time walking, we realize that we are actually on the glacier. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
After some time walking, we realize that we are actually on the glacier. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(547 Treffer)
Zoom onto the meltwater flow at the bottom of the glacier. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Zoom onto the meltwater flow at the bottom of the glacier. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(583 Treffer)
As we are close to the central crater area, Markus takes pictures from a viewpoint. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
As we are close to the central crater area, Markus takes pictures from a viewpoint. (Photo: Tom Pfei... [info]
(563 Treffer)
The last section of the trail before reaching the summit crater floor. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The last section of the trail before reaching the summit crater floor. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(514 Treffer)
Beautiful parallel volcanic dykes cutting the altered tuff and lava layers of the crater walls. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Beautiful parallel volcanic dykes cutting the altered tuff and lava layers of the crater walls. (Pho... [info]
(548 Treffer)
Thanks to intense hydrothermal activity, much of the exposed rocks from the crater walls and the ground are heavily altered; many contain horizons with pure sulfur. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Thanks to intense hydrothermal activity, much of the exposed rocks from the crater walls and the gro... [info]
(651 Treffer)
View of a strong fumarole in the crater wall beneath the massive glacier occupying the southern part of the crater visible in the background. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of a strong fumarole in the crater wall beneath the massive glacier occupying the southern part... [info]
(619 Treffer)
Altered volcanic rocks (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Altered volcanic rocks (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(594 Treffer)
Steam plume and crevasses of the glacier behind. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Steam plume and crevasses of the glacier behind. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(523 Treffer)
Gas escaping from a sulfur-covered fumarole. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Gas escaping from a sulfur-covered fumarole. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(538 Treffer)
Abstract shapes and lines from fine-grained mud deposits near a fumarole. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Abstract shapes and lines from fine-grained mud deposits near a fumarole. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(544 Treffer)
Hot mud ponds are found in many spots in the alien crater area of Mutnovsky. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Hot mud ponds are found in many spots in the alien crater area of Mutnovsky. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(552 Treffer)
On our way to  the southwestern crater we have to pass a tongue of ice from the crater glacier. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
On our way to the southwestern crater we have to pass a tongue of ice from the crater glacier. (Pho... [info]
(578 Treffer)
Bizarre landscape of altered rocks and ice fields. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Bizarre landscape of altered rocks and ice fields. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(518 Treffer)
Almost reaching the SW end of the crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Almost reaching the SW end of the crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(508 Treffer)
The site of the last eruption in 2000 is now only a shallow depression occupied by ice. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The site of the last eruption in 2000 is now only a shallow depression occupied by ice. (Photo: Tom ... [info]
(529 Treffer)
Ropes help ascending the wall between the central and SW crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Ropes help ascending the wall between the central and SW crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(625 Treffer)
Wide-angle view into the SW crater with the strongest fumarole emitting a dense steam plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Wide-angle view into the SW crater with the strongest fumarole emitting a dense steam plume. (Photo:... [info]
(520 Treffer)
Gypsum crystals and sulfur deposits that have formed by the fumarolic activity abound everywhere. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Gypsum crystals and sulfur deposits that have formed by the fumarolic activity abound everywhere. (P... [info]
(493 Treffer)
Steam vents. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Steam vents. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(474 Treffer)
Gray-bluish hot pool (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Gray-bluish hot pool (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(568 Treffer)
Small pond reflecting a fumarole's steam plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Small pond reflecting a fumarole's steam plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(482 Treffer)
A vigorously boiling mud pool. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A vigorously boiling mud pool. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(486 Treffer)
The mud fountain boiling in the middle of the pond is about 1-2 meters high. Taking pictures of the various mud formations with short exposure times can be fun, but takes patience to catch the right moment. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The mud fountain boiling in the middle of the pond is about 1-2 meters high. Taking pictures of the ... [info]
(447 Treffer)
Elemental sulfur deposits form by sublimation around a fumarole. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Elemental sulfur deposits form by sublimation around a fumarole. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(609 Treffer)
View of dykes cutting the altered volcanic layers of the crater walls. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of dykes cutting the altered volcanic layers of the crater walls. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(466 Treffer)
Zoom onto ice layers of the glacier's tongue filling the NW valley. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Zoom onto ice layers of the glacier's tongue filling the NW valley. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(463 Treffer)
View over Gorely shield volcano in the evening light. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View over Gorely shield volcano in the evening light. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(478 Treffer)
A deep canyon ("dangerous canyon") with vertical walls and a waterfall about 50 m tall is formed by the meltwater flow from the crater at the NW slopes of Mutnowsky. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A deep canyon ("dangerous canyon") with vertical walls and a waterfall about 50 m tall is formed by ... [info]
(448 Treffer)
Eroded old volcanic dyke in the foothills of Mutnovsky. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Eroded old volcanic dyke in the foothills of Mutnovsky. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(464 Treffer)
9 Sep: before returning to Elizovo, we explore a lava tube from Gorely volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
9 Sep: before returning to Elizovo, we explore a lava tube from Gorely volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer... [info]
(497 Treffer)
A small glacier occupies parts of the 20 m wide tube. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A small glacier occupies parts of the 20 m wide tube. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(818 Treffer)
A ladder is conveniently placed to descend from the tube's glacier into its deeper parts. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A ladder is conveniently placed to descend from the tube's glacier into its deeper parts. (Photo: To... [info]
(693 Treffer)
Glassy formations of lavasickles cover much of the walls: when active, the walls of the tube were covered with molten glass that started to drip down onto the floor, generating thousands of small lava stalactites. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Glassy formations of lavasickles cover much of the walls: when active, the walls of the tube were co... [info]
(470 Treffer)
10 Sep: the exceptionally good weather from the past days is gone, but today is only a long transfer (500 km) to the north. Sokoch village on the road is a convenient stop for a coffee or snack. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
10 Sep: the exceptionally good weather from the past days is gone, but today is only a long transfer... [info]
(505 Treffer)
Local delicacies on offer inside one of the many small shops. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Local delicacies on offer inside one of the many small shops. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(491 Treffer)
Rusted waste somewhere along the long road to Kozyrevsk. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Rusted waste somewhere along the long road to Kozyrevsk. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(478 Treffer)
In Milkovo town, about half way, we briefly stop at Elena's (our cook's) parents' home to stock up on fresh potatoes and vegetables. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
In Milkovo town, about half way, we briefly stop at Elena's (our cook's) parents'home to stock up on... [info]
(513 Treffer)
Soviet-style appartment blocks in Milkovo. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Soviet-style appartment blocks in Milkovo. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(460 Treffer)
A small fountain near the center of the town waits for visitors. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A small fountain near the center of the town waits for visitors. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(430 Treffer)
Textures and colors are amazing. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Textures and colors are amazing. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(428 Treffer)
Rust and faded wall posts. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Rust and faded wall posts. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(437 Treffer)
Green wood (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Green wood (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(417 Treffer)
Autumn leaves (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Autumn leaves (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(407 Treffer)
The second part of the long transfer suddenly becomes much more fun when a bottle of Vodka appears from the back seat rows... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The second part of the long transfer suddenly becomes much more fun when a bottle of Vodka appears f... [info]
(483 Treffer)
The long gravel road towards the north, though seemingly endless forests. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The long gravel road towards the north, though seemingly endless forests. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(462 Treffer)
View of my cozy cabin of the guesthouse. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of my cozy cabin of the guesthouse. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(475 Treffer)
Finally, we've arrived in the guesthouse in the Siberian village of Kozyrevsk. It is very comfortable here, with a Banya to warm up and wooden cabins. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Finally, we've arrived in the guesthouse in the Siberian village of Kozyrevsk. It is very comfortabl... [info]
(476 Treffer)
11 Sep: we're on our way towards the western flank of Tolbachik volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
11 Sep: we're on our way towards the western flank of Tolbachik volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(448 Treffer)
Red and yellow colors mix with various shades of green. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Red and yellow colors mix with various shades of green. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(454 Treffer)
The drive takes about 2 hours through beautiful autumn-colored forest. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The drive takes about 2 hours through beautiful autumn-colored forest. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(440 Treffer)
After the forest, we reach the tundra - glowing red and yellow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
After the forest, we reach the tundra - glowing red and yellow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(410 Treffer)
Karl is excited about the colors and takes picture after picture. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Karl is excited about the colors and takes picture after picture. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(458 Treffer)
A small erosion gully exposes the youngest volcanic layers from Tolbachik: different ash and pumice layers can be recognized. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A small erosion gully exposes the youngest volcanic layers from Tolbachik: different ash and pumice ... [info]
(500 Treffer)
The tundra at this time of year is full of berries (cranberries and blueberries)... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The tundra at this time of year is full of berries (cranberries and blueberries)... (Photo: Tom Pfei... [info]
(427 Treffer)
Unfortunately, the weather stays foggy. But our moods are lit up by a campfire and more... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Unfortunately, the weather stays foggy. But our moods are lit up by a campfire and more... (Photo: T... [info]
(428 Treffer)
The massive northern flank of Tolbachik volcano briefly comes into sight from our position at Stolik hut. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The massive northern flank of Tolbachik volcano briefly comes into sight from our position at Stolik... [info]
(442 Treffer)
12 Sep: as the weather forecast is promising an improvement, we directly go to Sheveluch volcano, approaching it from the southeast. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
12 Sep: as the weather forecast is promising an improvement, we directly go to Sheveluch volcano, ap... [info]
(404 Treffer)
Setting up camp in the pyroclastic flow field at about 10 km distance from the lava dome. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Setting up camp in the pyroclastic flow field at about 10 km distance from the lava dome. (Photo: To... [info]
(408 Treffer)
Campfire at night while waiting for clear skies. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Campfire at night while waiting for clear skies. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(483 Treffer)
13 Sep: A large explosion occurrs in the morning, producing a towering ash column that rises 7-8 km above the dome. Unfortunately, the dome itself remains covered by clouds. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
13 Sep: A large explosion occurrs in the morning, producing a towering ash column that rises 7-8 km ... [info]
(535 Treffer)
View towards the summit of Sheveluch and its lava dome, both remaining hidden in clouds, unfortunately. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View towards the summit of Sheveluch and its lava dome, both remaining hidden in clouds, unfortunate... [info]
(492 Treffer)
View of the southern rims of the older Sheveluch volcano's collapse crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of the southern rims of the older Sheveluch volcano's collapse crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(447 Treffer)
Skeletons of trees killed by pyroclastic flows about 3-5 years ago remind us that it's not a good idea to stay very long at this place. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Skeletons of trees killed by pyroclastic flows about 3-5 years ago remind us that it's not a good id... [info]
(595 Treffer)
New life grows on the devastation area. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
New life grows on the devastation area. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(435 Treffer)
On our way to Klyuchevskoy volcano we stop in Klyuchi village. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
On our way to Klyuchevskoy volcano we stop in Klyuchi village. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(436 Treffer)
Colorful decoration of a street light. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Colorful decoration of a street light. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(418 Treffer)
Evening view of majestic Klyuchevskoy volcano: rising to more than 4800 m elevation from almost sea level, it is the largest free-standing stratovolcano in the world and one of its most active ones, too. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Evening view of majestic Klyuchevskoy volcano: rising to more than 4800 m elevation from almost sea ... [info]
(502 Treffer)
Evening view of the small volcanologists' mountain hut. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Evening view of the small volcanologists'mountain hut. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(398 Treffer)
14 Sep: morning view of snow-covered Klyuchevskoy volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
14 Sep: morning view of snow-covered Klyuchevskoy volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(447 Treffer)
Some put their tents on the ridge formed by an old, large eruptive fissure. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Some put their tents on the ridge formed by an old, large eruptive fissure. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(427 Treffer)
View back towards Sheveluch volcano emitting a steam plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View back towards Sheveluch volcano emitting a steam plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(439 Treffer)
We have hiked about 2 hours to reach the "Konus D" cinder cone on the NE flank, where volcanologists are installing a new GPS station. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
We have hiked about 2 hours to reach the "Konus D" cinder cone on the NE flank, where volcanologists... [info]
(442 Treffer)
Night-time view of Klyuchevsky volcano. No lava is visible this time. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Night-time view of Klyuchevsky volcano. No lava is visible this time. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(416 Treffer)
15 Sep: Winter greeting: over night, a snow front passed, letting temperatures drop to minus 5-10, challenging our sleeping bags. All were fine. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
15 Sep: Winter greeting: over night, a snow front passed, letting temperatures drop to minus 5-10, c... [info]
(429 Treffer)
Now, the snow also covered the cones we climbed yesterday. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Now, the snow also covered the cones we climbed yesterday. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(398 Treffer)
Back to our comfortable guesthouse in  Kozyrevsk village. Karl finds a new friend. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Back to our comfortable guesthouse in Kozyrevsk village. Karl finds a new friend. (Photo: Tom Pfeif... [info]
(451 Treffer)
Moment of peace and happiness. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Moment of peace and happiness. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(436 Treffer)
Shortly before sunset, the sun comes out from below a dense cloud deck, paining the forest yellow. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Shortly before sunset, the sun comes out from below a dense cloud deck, paining the forest yellow. (... [info]
(410 Treffer)
16 Sep: transfer day. In the afternoon, we get a brief view of Bakening volcano during our drive back to Elizovo. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
16 Sep: transfer day. In the afternoon, we get a brief view of Bakening volcano during our drive bac... [info]
(495 Treffer)
Evening view of Koryaksky volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Evening view of Koryaksky volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(410 Treffer)
17 Sep: helicopter excursion to Uzon caldera and Valley of Geysers. On our way, we pass erupting Zhupanovsky volcano which had a phreatic explosive eruption an hour earlier, perhaps triggered by this morning's magnitude 5 earthquake nearby. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
17 Sep: helicopter excursion to Uzon caldera and Valley of Geysers. On our way, we pass erupting Zhu... [info]
(574 Treffer)
View of the beautiful tundra below. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of the beautiful tundra below. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(378 Treffer)
View back to Zhupanovsky volcano from the north. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View back to Zhupanovsky volcano from the north. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(510 Treffer)
An announcement by the flight attendant: we are about to reach and overfly Karymsky volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
An announcement by the flight attendant: we are about to reach and overfly Karymsky volcano. (Photo:... [info]
(472 Treffer)
The young stratocone of Karymsky is composed mainly by viscous lava flows occupying a circular caldera. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The young stratocone of Karymsky is composed mainly by viscous lava flows occupying a circular calde... [info]
(516 Treffer)
As the helicopter passes at near distance, we also get a good view into the crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
As the helicopter passes at near distance, we also get a good view into the crater. (Photo: Tom Pfei... [info]
(468 Treffer)
Next announcement by the stewardess: Maly Semiachik volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Next announcement by the stewardess: Maly Semiachik volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(513 Treffer)
A turquoise acid crater lake occupies the summit crater of Maly Semiachik. It is one of the most acid in the world. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A turquoise acid crater lake occupies the summit crater of Maly Semiachik. It is one of the most aci... [info]
(705 Treffer)
Reaching Uzon caldera. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Reaching Uzon caldera. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(469 Treffer)
The caldera is approx. 8-12 km wide and was formed by multiple large explosive eruptions in the past. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The caldera is approx. 8-12 km wide and was formed by multiple large explosive eruptions in the past... [info]
(416 Treffer)
The flat floor of the caldera contains lakes and tundra. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The flat floor of the caldera contains lakes and tundra. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(477 Treffer)
It is also the largest and most active geothermal field in Kamchatka. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
It is also the largest and most active geothermal field in Kamchatka. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(410 Treffer)
First stop as the helicopter has landed near the rangers' station. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
First stop as the helicopter has landed near the rangers'station. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(420 Treffer)
Colorful ground and small rivers. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Colorful ground and small rivers. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(384 Treffer)
Partially dried-up mud ponds. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Partially dried-up mud ponds. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(407 Treffer)
Circular mud pond about 3 meters across. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Circular mud pond about 3 meters across. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(426 Treffer)
Steam vents are seem in many places. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Steam vents are seem in many places. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(607 Treffer)
Autumn and mineral colors mix beautifully. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Autumn and mineral colors mix beautifully. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(383 Treffer)
Small ponds (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Small ponds (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(373 Treffer)
View onto the landscape on the way to the next stop, the Valley of Geysers, a short 5 mins flight away. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View onto the landscape on the way to the next stop, the Valley of Geysers, a short 5 mins flight aw... [info]
(366 Treffer)
Red mud volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Red mud volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(521 Treffer)
Area with numerous hot springs. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Area with numerous hot springs. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(375 Treffer)
Array of small geysers (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Array of small geysers (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(434 Treffer)
Bubbling spring (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Bubbling spring (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(390 Treffer)
Light curtains (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Light curtains (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(394 Treffer)
An eruption of the "Big Geyser" ejects jets of steam and water to about 10 meters height. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
An eruption of the "Big Geyser" ejects jets of steam and water to about 10 meters height. (Photo: To... [info]
(397 Treffer)
On the way back, we pass Zhupanovsky volcano again, which now emits only a dense steam plume. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
On the way back, we pass Zhupanovsky volcano again, which now emits only a dense steam plume. (Photo... [info]
(412 Treffer)
Some take the opportunity of a natural warm spring. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Some take the opportunity of a natural warm spring. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(354 Treffer)
The water is so nice and warm that it's difficult to get out of it again. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The water is so nice and warm that it's difficult to get out of it again. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(417 Treffer)
Evening view of Koryaksky (l) and Avachinsky (r) volcanoes from a field near our dacha (guesthouse). (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Evening view of Koryaksky (l) and Avachinsky (r) volcanoes from a field near our dacha (guesthouse).... [info]
(419 Treffer)
18 Sep: early morning view over the Avachinsky Bay. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
18 Sep: early morning view over the Avachinsky Bay. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(398 Treffer)
View acorss the fog-covered bay towards Vilyuchinsky volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View acorss the fog-covered bay towards Vilyuchinsky volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(354 Treffer)
Our last excursion is a motor boat tour around the bay. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Our last excursion is a motor boat tour around the bay. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(376 Treffer)
Famous Kamchatka crab. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Famous Kamchatka crab. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(433 Treffer)
The "3 brothers", eroded sea pillars near the exit of the bay to the open Pacific. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The "3 brothers", eroded sea pillars near the exit of the bay to the open Pacific. (Photo: Tom Pfeif... [info]
(465 Treffer)
The excursion is lot of fun as we try our fishing skills. Britta already catches her lunch quickly. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The excursion is lot of fun as we try our fishing skills. Britta already catches her lunch quickly. ... [info]
(415 Treffer)
Livia has success, too, in the end... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Livia has success, too, in the end... (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(420 Treffer)
Dramatic coastlines of eroded volcanic rocks. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Dramatic coastlines of eroded volcanic rocks. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(368 Treffer)
We also catch a large king crab. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
We also catch a large king crab. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(474 Treffer)
And a diver brings up a bucket of sea urchins. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
And a diver brings up a bucket of sea urchins. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(384 Treffer)
Columnar-jointed lava formations. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Columnar-jointed lava formations. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(515 Treffer)
Many sea birds also inhabit the area. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Many sea birds also inhabit the area. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(365 Treffer)
Sea lions relaxing in the (for them) fine weather. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Sea lions relaxing in the (for them) fine weather. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(388 Treffer)
Lunch on board: salmon soup, fresh sushi, sea urchin and fried fish from our catch. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Lunch on board: salmon soup, fresh sushi, sea urchin and fried fish from our catch. (Photo: Tom Pfei... [info]
(421 Treffer)
Plus, of course, (but only outside on deck), "all you can eat" Kamchatka crab. Livia is very happy! (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Plus, of course, (but only outside on deck), "all you can eat" Kamchatka crab. Livia is very happy! ... [info]
(469 Treffer)
Afternoon stroll through downtown of Petropawlowsk. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Afternoon stroll through downtown of Petropawlowsk. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
(407 Treffer)
Copyrights: VolcanoDiscovery / VolcanoAdventures oder Quellen wie angegeben.
Nutzung von Bild- und Textmaterial: Text- und Bildmaterial auf dieser Webseite unterliegen dem Urheberrecht. Eine Verbreitung außerhalb dieser Webseite ist ohne unsere vorherige schriftliche Genehmigung nicht gestattet. Bitte kontaktieren Sie uns, wenn Sie Material verwenden wollen.

Mehr über Vulkane und die Faszination darüber erfahren? Besuchen Sie VolcanoDiscovery