Valley of Geysers

The Valley of Geysers is a geyser filed located on the far east part of Russia.  The geyser field is part of the Kamchatka Peninsula and extends 3.7 miles (6 km) along the basin.

The Valley of Geysers falls within the Kronotsky Nature Reserve, which is also part of the Volcanoes of Kamchatkaseries that has the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Valley of Geysers was declared one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Russia on June 11, 2014.  Visitors and potential travelers should discover and learn more about what makes the Valley of Geysers one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Russia.

What makes the Valley of Geysers a natural wonder of Russia?

Statistically speaking, the Valley of Geysers is the second largest collection of geysers in the world.  Although damaged with a massive mudslide in 2007 covering many of the geysers, there are still several geysers that are active and alive.

Aesthetically speaking, the geyser field, the valley, lakes and surrounding hills and mountains are one of the most picturesque areas.  A local campaign in Russia declared the Valley of Geysers as one of Russia’s seven wonders, which is a compilation of man-made and natural wonders.  Although not a global campaign, it still speaks to the splendor of the wonder.  The Valley of the Geysers also has the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What are the best ways to see and experience the Valley of Geysers?

An aerial view of the valley of geysers lets visitors see the expanse and splendor of the valley from a birds eye view.  The best way to experience the Valley of Geysers is through the guided nature trails that traverse the area.  Hikers will experience boiling springs, mud pots, mud volcanoes, hot lakes, steam jets, warm plates, and of course geysers.

Seeing Giant Geyser erupt is an amazing sight as it sends water bursting 98 feet (30 m) into the air, with steam rising 984 feet (300 m) high.  The geyser burst usually lasts about 2 minutes.  Camping in the area will allow you to hike and explore more of the area while enjoying this natural phenomenon.

What is the Valley of Geysers weather like?

The Valley of Geysers experiences snow and colder temperatures during the months of November through April. The summer months of July through September offer daytime temperatures around 68oF (20oC).  The evenings will get rather cool, so plan for jackets and warmer clothes while camping.

When is the best time to visit the Valley of Geysers?

The best months to visit the Valley of the Geysers occurs during the months of July through September.  As noted above, these months are warmer making trekking about and camping more comfortable.  Daytime temperatures will be around 68oF (20oC).  Although it never gets hot, the summer month temperatures are more comfortable for being out and exploring the Valley of Geysers and all the geothermal activity the area has to offer.

The park is closed to visitors during the month of mid-May through mid-June.  The intent of park closure is to encourage a return and growth of the bear population in the area.

How do you get to the Valley of Geysers?

Getting to the Valley of Geysers is a challenge.  The only access is provided by helicopter into the area.  Visitors must be part of an approved sanctioned tour.  Unplanned or impromptu visits to the geyser field are not permitted.

Photography Tips for capturing the Valley of Geysers

There are no specific insights or tips for photography at the Valley of Geysers at this time.  Tips and insights will be added as experienced or discovered.  If you are a photographer and have insights to share for future photographers visiting the Valley of Geysers, please submit them to Seven Wonders through the Contact Page.