This charming port city is one of the oldest towns in the Far East and the second largest city in the world that is unreachable by road. Nestled amongst a string of five volcanoes on the shores of Avacha Bay, Petropavlovsk is the ideal destination to get away from it all while immersing yourself in natural surroundings.

Petropavlovsk is the largest city in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia. The region contains the southernmost expanse of Arctic tundra along with 160 volcanoes. This environment lends itself to some breathtaking and unique outdoor activities including climbing volcanoes, visiting geysers, relaxing in natural hot springs and fishing in wild rivers. For extreme sports enthusiasts, paragliding over the city of fire and ice would provide a memorable rush and stunning scenery.

The city’s present prosperity, owed to a booking fishing industry, is also a boon for foodies. Petropavlovsk is known for its most famous delicacies, salmon and the gargantuan Kamchatka crab (king crab), which you can sample in restaurants around town. Visit the sprawling town market famed for smoked fish, bread, cheeses and other local fare.

Volcano Climbing

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Volcano Climbing

Volcano Climbing

Petropavlovsk is known to some as a place to climb up or soar over volcanoes. No matter which one you choose, you’ll have a prime vantage point. If you’re up for a trek, enjoy a daytime hike up one of the local volcanoes and be rewarded with beautiful views. Or take a helicopter ride over top, where you’ll also spot geysers and waterfalls. A spectacular trip.

Historic Town Center

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Historic Town Center

Historic Town Center

Set aside some time to wander around the center of town where a statue of Lenin stares out at the bay. Enjoy a stroll along the stone beach with beautiful views of Vilyuchinsky Volcano and then rest your feet at one of the local cafes.

Kamchatka Regional Unified Museum

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Kamchatka Regional Unified Museum

Kamchatka Regional Unified Museum

This museum offers some of the best views in town overlooking the bay and features a mix of relics and murals outlining the region’s history.

Petropavlovsk, Russia At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 68°55'54.25"N 33°8'35.13"E
Size: 362.10 KM2 (139.81 MI2)
Population: 180,702
Density: 499 Pop/KM2 (193 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +7 4152

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