Roving through the Kamchatka Peninsula at the eastern edge of Russia, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled into heaven on Earth. Defined by soaring, snow-covered slopes and an abundance of wildlife, this 777-mile-long strip of land appears utterly pristine. But appearances can be deceptive. And this place is far more perilous than you might think.
Due to specific environmental conditions, the Kamchatka Peninsula is a unique place. For the majority of the year, snow shrouds the landscape with a break coming from between the end of May until October. Even then, summers are still quite chilly, and the area is subjected to more rain than other parts of eastern Russia.