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Setting sail from Nome
Only accessible by air or sea, the remote Alaskan town of Nome sits overlooking the Bering Strait, surrounded by miles of largely featureless tundra. This was once a boomtown; the discovery of easily extractable gold in 1898 led to a gold rush, and you can still see the remnants of the mining industry which thrived here. The gold hasn't completely dried up, so many still come here to try and find their fortune, while other visitors are drawn to Nome by the varied bird life and intriguing Iñupiat culture.
The former Soviet military port of Provideniya is home to just 2,000 people, many of whom belong to the Yupik indigenous group. The port sits on a fjord sheltered from the Bering Sea, and is close to the southern limits of the Arctic ice pack.
The Chukotka region is located in Russia’s far north east, a landscape of starkly beautiful tundra that is inhabited by the indigenous Chukchi people. Wildlife sightings may include vast walrus colonies, seals, whales, reindeer, Arctic foxes and bears.
Russia: Anastasia Bay
This remote U-shaped bay on the Bering Sea is a great place to spot walruses and seals, along with birds including tufted puffins, pelagic cormorants, black-legged kittiwakes and whooper swans. You can also take a walk amongst the rugged volcanic scenery in search of Arctic voles and ground squirrels.
Russia: Tymlat, Yuzhnaya Glubokaya, Lavrova Bay, Peter Bay, Bogoslaf Island
The island of Yttygran lies close to the coast of Chukotka, and is famous for its mysterious shrine known as Whale Bone Alley. This striking arrangement of bowhead whale skulls, jawbones and stones may have been used for initiation rituals or sporting contests, or may simply have been a centre for hunting and storing whale meat.
Russia: Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs
Arriving in Nome
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