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Yelizovo is a small city of 40,000 on the Avacha RIver near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka, Russia most notable for hosting the only commercial airport on Kamchatka. Yelizovo was founded as a village in 1848, named Stary Ostrog, renamed Zavoyko in 1897 after the Russian General who led the famous defense of Petropavlovsk against an Anglo-French siege, and renamed Yelizovo in 1923. Under Soviet rule, the town was an "urban-type development" which was a town built with high-rise housing and a workforce centered around a particular industry. Because of that, the city is of little interest to the tourist except for use of the airport.
Yelizovo is home to the only commercial airport on Kamchatka, the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky airport. There are regular flights between Petropavovsk-Kamchatsky and Moscow (Aeroflot, Transaero), Saint Petersburg (Rossiya), Novosibirsk (S7, Rossiya), Irkutsk (S7), Khabarovsk (S7), and Vladivostok (S7, Vladivostok Avia). Korean Airlines offers frequent charter flights from Incheon in summers.
There is a road connecting Yelizovo with Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (32km away) and to several small communities. Bus #113 runs between the two cities for 25 rubles.
There is no public transportation in Yelizovo. One must walk or find a taxi.
See & Do
Yelizovo is namely a residential city built in Soviet, high-rise style. There was a former Soviet space telemetry station on the outskirts of town whose ruins may be accessible.
Just outside the city is where you'll find the main attractions: Gora Moroznaya (Cold Mountain) and the Blue Lakes Nature Park (природный парк Голубые озера). The former is Kamchatka's main ski resort, with reasonably well developed infrastructure (the Russian Olympic team trains here), an easy taxi ride just 8km outside the city. Very popular with the locals, Gora Moroznaya might be the only place in Kamchatka where you'll have to wait in a line; the advantage, of course, being that skiing here is a lot less expensive than hiring a chopper to take you heli-skiing off in the volcanoes. Runs throughout the winter (November–March).
The Blue Lakes is a nature park—beautiful as Kamchatka's nature tends to be—centered around a system of lakes, that sparkle blue and extraordinarily reflective, owing to their bottom ice and crystal clear water. Indeed, they reflect the blue sky so strongly that you yourself will turn a bluish hue on approaching the shore. The nature park is located just beyond Gora Moroznaya (and is a destination better enjoyed during the summer months, when the ski slopes are closed). You can tour the park by simply trekking alongside the stream that connects the lakes, and climbing up the side of a mountain to take in the views. It would, however, be wise to bring a guide who knows the area, so you don't get stranded.
Buy, Eat, & Drink
From a tourist's perspective, there is no shopping to be done except at the airport, where one can find food, drink, and, like any airport, souvenirs.
There may be accommodation available in the airport, otherwise all hotels are located in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.