Kamchatka peninsula is located in Northeast of Asia. From the West it is washed by the Okhotsk sea, from the east - by the Pacific ocean and the Bering sea.
Along with the Peninsula, the Kamchatka Kray occupies the Karaginsky Island and the Komandorskie Islands. The Kamchatka Territory has the area of 464,3 thousand sq km. In the north it borders the Magadan Region and the Chukotka Autonomous District. The administrative center of the Kray is the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, located 11 876 km away from Moscow. The Time Zone difference from Moscow is +8 hours.
The landscape of Kamchatka is mostly mountainous. Koryakskoye Plateau is situated in the northen part of Kamchatka, almost parallel to each other the two mountain ranges Middle and Eastern extend the whole peninsula. Between them the Central Kamchatskaya lowland lies with the Kamcahtka river, the main water artery of the peninsular, running through it.
The western Kamchatka coast (the Okhotsk sea coast) is rather monotonous: the low washed-in shore and forests intermingled with marshes.
The eastern coast (the Pacific Ocean coast) is on the contrary full of contrasts: bays, reefs and rocks alternate with black beaches, stretching for many kilometers.
The topography of the eastern part of Kamchatka has evident signs of volcanic and tectonic activity - this is the area with a belt of active volcanoes, located in some places only 20-30 km from each other. The second volcanic belt passes along the Middle range, but all volcanoes except one are extinct. On the whole, there are 30 active and about 150 extinct volcanoes in Kamchatka.