The website Life.ru prepared some interesting facts about these territories, some of which might prove to be very surprising.
In order to visit the Kuril Islands, one needs special authorization issued by the border department of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) in the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. One can visit the government agency on weekdays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am and receive authorization the next day. In any case, the visitor will have to stay in the city for at least one day.
All in all, there are only five hotels on the Kuril Islands with 70 available rooms. So one might be caught by surprise, when discovering that all of them are already booked.
The main symbols of the Kuril Islands are the volcanoes! All in all, there are about 160 volcanoes, 40 of which are active.
While travelling on the Kuril Islands, one could easily run into a bear. One of the most likely places to encounter the animal is the territory near the volcano of Tyatya on the island of Kunashir.
Almost all residents of the Kuril Islands have a car, usually a Japanese jeep. Surprisingly, there is not a single filling station! Residents buy barrels of fuel from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Vladivostok. Only this year did local authorities promise to organize the first station by October.
Residents of the islands are open and friendly, they like talking to travelers, asking them about their life and telling them about their own. The local people recommend unique places to visit and sometimes they even offer to drive you there.