Amazing Ice Caves of Kamchatka9:14 AM
The Kamchatka Peninsula is a 1,250-kilometre-long peninsula in the Russian Far East, with an area of about 270,000 km. It lies between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west.
On Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, fire and ice meet to form an otherworldly underground. Located on a slope of the peninsula’s Mutnovsky volcano, the cave’s stream is fed by volcanic hot springs. Sunlight filters through thinning glacial ice above.
Kamachatka lies at similar latitudes to Great Britain. It experiences extremely cold winters and is covered in snow from October to late May. The peninsula is also known for a chain of active volcanoes that make up the peninsula's spine.
Interestingly, until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Kamchatka Peninsula was strictly off-limits to foreigners and most Russians. There was a military base on the southern end of the peninsula, which housed submarines that carried nuclear ballistic missiles. Since that time, it has increasingly becoming a popular spot for adrenaline junkies, especially those looking to experience extreme winter sports in a near pristine environment.
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