Cruises from Wrangel Island
The 2,900-square-mile Wrangel Island lies on the 180 deg. meridian, in the Arctic Ocean, and 4 degrees inside the Arctic Circle. The Russian mainland is only 140 kilometres south. Inhabited by rangers, scientists, and two fishing settlements, it lies in a protected marine region.
Coastal plains rise to low (500 m) hills running E-W and terminating in steep cliffs to the sea. Here is the breeding ground of polar bears, seals, walruses, foxes, lemmings, snow geese, and recently wolves. Introduced species include domestic reindeer and musk ox. The tundra landscape supports over 400 plant types, and in season is covered with tundra flowers.