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Cruises visiting Arakamchechen Island & all Arakamchechen Island cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Arakamchechen Island in the 2019-2021 seasons.

Future sailings will be shown here as they become available, and alternative ports in the region can be viewed at North Pacific Cruises. Please contact one of our cruise specialists today on 1800 121 187 if you require further assistance.

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Arakamchechen Island lies 6 km off the sub-Arctic coast of Chukotka, Far East Russia, in the Bering Sea. From the eastern plain the island slopes up to hills touching 500m. The island is a sanctuary for walruses and a variety of birdlife, hence visited by eco-tourists. View passing whales out to sea. Four kilometres south of the island is smaller Yttygran Island, where skeletal ribs, skulls and backbones of bowhead whales lie starkly across the grassed landscape. The site extends some 550m along the northern coast of Yttygran Island and lies on a major whale migration path.

It is thought that the site was chosen partly because of the ease by which local people could kill and butcher a whale, and also as a place where people could come together and trade on neutral ground in a forerunner to the fairs held during the period of cossack exploration of the region. There is no evidence of any monumental ritual centre like this elsewhere in any other part of Eskimo lands, though there are sites along the Chukotkan coast where the whale skull motifs can be seen at sites such as Nykhsirak.

Nowadays Yttygran Island is popular with tourists who come to enjoy the wildlife. Many walruses live in rookeries in the shores of this island. It is 32 km long and has a maximum width of 21 km. It is separated from the continental shore by an 8 km wide sound. This island is inhabited, with the main settlement of Yanrakynnot village, that is 10 km away on the mainland. Administratively, the main island of Arakamchechen belongs to the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug of the Russian Federation.