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

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Shumshu 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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Shumshu in Russia is the second northernmost island of the Kuril Islands chain, and at a height of 189m is the least elevated. The terrain is low-lying and covered with numerous lakes and marshlands. It has a seasonal population of around 100 inhabitants. Interestingly, there are many bomb craters in the area as well as wrecks of several ships, a legacy from WW11. The wildlife, such as the hundreds of sea-otters in the kelp beds just offshore, make fabulous viewing from Zodiacs, which can get close to the otters as they go about their daily business.

Given favourable weather conditions, it is possible to make a landing to explore the coast and wetlands of the island itself. As an interesting side note, the beaches of Shumshu are littered with glass fishing floats, used by the Japanese to float their fishing nets in the days before plastic floats became the norm. The low-lying lakes and marshlands of Shumshu on the Kuril Islands of Russia make it an excellent habitat for sea otters. Visitors have the opportunity to observe the lovable creatures feeding on kelp just offshore. Licensed salmon fishing at Bolshoye Lake is available during the spawning period.

A Russian survey team discovered the skeletal remains of 26 Soviet and nine Japanese troops recently on Shumshu Island, the site of a fierce battle in August 1945 after Japan’s surrender in World War II, according to Sakhalin authorities. In the Battle of Shumshu, more than 500 Soviet troops and over 250 members of the Imperial Japanese Army died. After being disarmed, Japanese soldiers were taken prisoner and held in Siberia. Russia began an excavation and research survey on the island in 1995. A more recent survey unearthed the remains of another 10 Soviet troops and five Japanese soldiers.