Kamchatka is generally very safe
– your biggest threats are active volcanoes and hungry bears! Listen to your guide at all times and exercise caution when hiking across uneven ground.
Polar bears are one of the most dangerous animals on earth.
Obey your guide and never wander off alone – you will be safe if you respect the wildlife and listen to advice, but these are wild animals in their own habitats, so the threat of an encounter is real.
Other wildlife, including walrus and musk ox, may not have the polar bear’s fearsome reputation, but are still incredibly dangerous
. Never approach any wildlife without instruction, and always follow your guide’s instructions.
For cruise passengers a lifeboat drill is held within 24 hours of embarkation
on each voyage. Attendance at these drills is mandatory, so listen out!
For further information on health and safety in Kamchatka, please visit the FCO
or the CDC