The Kuril Islands are one of the most out-of-the-way places in Russia. They are lost in te Pacific Ocean of Russian Far East. It's not easy to get there – along flight to Sakhalin, then domestic flight or long sailing by boat to the islands.
Those travelers, who don't save their expenses and time can enjoy incredible fantastic landscapes of the archipelago – volcanoes and thermal springs, majestic cliffs and harsh waves of the Sea of Okhotsk, low trees and tall grass..
Be ready to try delicious fresh seafood and fish – shrimps, crabs, scallop, salmon and red salmon roe – everything is really just-caught from the local sea and cooked according to the special authentic receipts.
And of course meet the locals who are the real pearl of the islands!
There are 56 islands and many minor rocks. It consists of the Greater Kuril Chain and the Lesser Kuril Chain. The total land area is 4,055 sq mi.
All the islands are under Russian administration. Two largest ones are Iturup and Kunashir.
The Kuril Islands form part of the ring of tectonic instability encircling the Pacific Ocean referred to as the Ring of Fire.