The majority of the population is Russian, with large minorities of Koryak peoples.
The northern part of the peninsula is administered as the Koryak Autonomous Area. The Russian explorer Atlasov visited Kamchatka in 1697.
The highest point is Klyuchevskaya Sopka, an active volcano.
Kamchatka is covered with mountain vegetation, except in the central valley and on the west coast, which has peat marshes and tundralike moss. There are numerous forests, mineral springs, and geysers.
There is some tourism, particularly in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve, noted for its geysers.
With special photography permits and a private guard named Sergey, I felt comfortable lying down on the muddy banks and photographed bears from a couple of meters away.
The number of bears, hunting side by side, in the rivers was overwhelming at first and exciting as time went by and I began understanding the bears’ behavior patterns and merits.
This huge peninsula, much bigger than the UK, has been closed as a military restricted zone until 1990 and its nature is well-preserved and practically untouched.
There is one place in Kamchatka that is truly magical: Lake Kuril.
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