The peculiarity of this place is that during the ice age, when most of the globe was covered with ice shell, in the far East, the Sikhote-Alin mountain ridge, left area, where land, sea, and with them the ancient plants preserved unchanged until the present time. One such plant is a brown seaweed “Kelp Angustata”, which grows only in the sea of Okhotsk offshore area of the Shantar Islands.
This explains the fact that the Shantary preserved pristine nature and wildlife.
Only 1.5-2 months the island free of ice. Back in July, there are floating icebergs, and in the second half of September it can snow. And all this despite the fact that the Islands are located at latitude of Moscow!
The Islands are covered with coniferous forest and grass. Flowing down from the mountains many rivers and streams, forming the hundreds of waterfalls ranging in height from 10 to 100 meters.