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Kamchatka Reserves: Commander Reserve
September 1, 2018 11:36


Commander Reserve

Location: the reserve is located on four large and more than 60 small Commander Islands in the Aleutian region of Kamchatka. 
What to see: tourists come here not only for natural attractions. There are settlements sites of Vitus Bering expedition as well as the tomb of the famous seafarer and 13 members of his group on the Commander Islands. There are many endemic species of plants and animals on the islands, that are not found anywhere else in the world. The Arch of Steller and Bujan Bay as well as the island of Ariy Kamen are interesting natural objects. 

Travel routes: the nature reserve offers two long-distance routes to tourists: "Introduction to the flora and fauna of Bering Island" and "Aleutian path of Medny Island". They are designed for people with good physical training. Moreover, marine excursions are organized in the reserve to the main bird markets of Commander using 3-4-seats motor boats. 

How to get there:  planes fly irregularly to the islands: on average – once or twice a week. Naval vessels also go to Commander irregularly, mainly for commercial purposes to bring food and fuel. From Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the Commander Reserve you can book a one-day excursion tour by helicopters.

Protected objects: there are the largest rookeries of rare marine mammals here. They are home to about 300 000 animals. There is a unique population of beautiful blue fox and nesting farming and rare birds here.

On the territory of the archipelago there are historical and archeological monuments of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as the remains of the expedition of Vitus Bering itself. The oldest sites of the Stone Age have been found on the Bering Strait, and there are still remnants of household rooms and dugouts of the first expeditions to these lands. The archipelago was inhabited by people at different times, the ancient constructions that have survived to this day are of great interest. So on the island of Mednoye, Aleutian structures, digging trails built in the era of the Russian-American Company were preserved. Now the island is uninhabited. And in the old days there were commercial farms, as evidenced by the remnants of huts in the coves.

In addition to world-known historical sites on the territory of the archipelago, there are many natural objects of interest:
  • Bay of Bujan, in which area the river empties semi-precious stones - agates, opals, jasper.
  • The Arch of Steller.
  • The hidden waterfall.
  • The largest bird market on the island of Toporkov.
  • A rookery of fur seals. 


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Kamchatka Russian National Parks travel to Russia Ecotourism  

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