Land Of Bears.
Everything in the world goes round. From the birth and flourishing to extinction and complete fusion with the Universe.
It's not us who determine whether this circle is large or small, although we are sure of the opposite.
The two circles of life – one deep in the ocean and the other on land – go most all their way independently of each other, but there is a place on earth where they will intersect and become a common story. A survival story.
This place is called Kamchatka.
Every July herds of millions of ocean-going salmon are filled up with fry who slip into the ocean from swift freshwater rivers. And for many years the fry will keep growing and gaining weight until a strange signal sends them back, a few thousand kilometers far from their habitat. How and in what magic way would they find this only route, first through the deep dark ocean and then through the tangle of rivers, streams and brooks, to find themselves in the very place, the very river where they were born a few years ago?
It's more like a miracle, like magic. But no one really knows how it happens. Every year several millions of salmon of different breed take their final trip to the rivers of Kamchatka, to find the place of their birth, give life to their offspring and to dissolve forever.
This life circle, taking place for hundreds or thousands of years again and again, unexpectedly gives life energy to another circle, this time on land. The life circle of Kamchatka bears.
On the first warm days in May, the bears come out of their dens, driven by hunger and the instinct of taking care of their cubs. Half asleep, just a few weeks after their hibernation, they survive on fresh grass, roots and some insects. The summer in Kamchatka will be very short, and soon the bears' life will depend only on salmon and on whether the bear gains enough fat before the next hibernation, to survive till spring.
Enjoy the show.
July 16, 2022: It's here that our expedition will be over. Flights home from Petropavlovsk anytime after 9:30 AM today.(//)
- Pick up and drop off at Elizovo airport (international code PKC);
- Professional photography guidance by an award-winning wildlife photographer with vast experience in Kamchatka;
- Accommodation in a double room 3* while in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky;
- Accommodation in a double room at the Lake Lodge (all rooms are in a wooden style);
- Meals according to the itinerary (meal in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is not included);
- Round way helicopter transfer to the lake Lodge;
- Full board meal at the Lake Lodge (vegetarian option is for free);
- Parking fees and boat service at Kronotsky Natural park;
- Visa support (we will provide a tourist voucher for your visa application);
- International airfare to/from Elizovo airport (the international code is PKC);
- Visa fee (if applicable);
- Personal expenses, such as: drinks, tickets, satellite phone calls from Lake Lodge, etc.;
- Travel insurance;
- Single room supplement $800 USD;
- Drone permit $500 USD;
- Tips to the staff at the Lake Lodge (usually it is $50-100 USD from 1 participant)
- Alcohol drinks;
Price $3900 USD
Group limit 10-14 guests
Your deposit of $2000 USD will hold your place in this workshop. Final payment is due by March 1st, 2022.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend to get a trip cancellation insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the trip is completely filled, we will refund full amount. If you cancel and the trip isn't filled completely you will be refunded according to the following scheme, based on the full fee of the workshop:
>180 days before the start date of the workshop: full refund;
>90 days: 75% refund;
>60 days: 50% refund;
<60 days: no refund;
- A tripod;
- A camera;
- A standard zoom 24-70/24-105 in a full-frame equivalent;
- A telephoto lens for wildlife photography 100-400; 150-600 or 60-600 or fixes 600/800/...;
- A drone for photo and video shooting (optional special permit required);
- Trekking boots with a hard fluted sole;
- Light shoes for hotels;
- Slippers or rubber flip-flops for a shower;
- A wind- and water-proof jacket (preferably with a membrane and a hood);
- Trekking trousers;
- A raincoat (recommended, in case of bad weather);
- A fleece or knitted hat, wind-proof;
- A fleece jacket;
- Fleece gloves;
- Thermal underwear in case of cold weather;
- Repellents and an anti-mosquito grid for the face;
- Personal toiletries;
- Rubber boots (depends on the weather). If it is rainy better to have it;
Rooms and the dining room
Menu in a local style
The toilet and the shower
- First place, National Geographic 2017, Night Landscape section;
- First place, National Geographic 2017, Planet Summer Competition;
- First place, 35PhotoAwards, Daytime Landscape section;
- Third place, PSA Arctic Awards, 2016;
- Second place, Epson International Pano Awards, 2017;
- Winner of the RGO international contest "The Most Beautiful Country", in the section “Indigenous Peoples of Russia”, 2018;
- Gold Medal, TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT, 2019;
- Third place, 35PhotoAwards, 2020, in the section of serial works “Everyday Life of People”.
- Gold Medal, TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT, 2020;
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