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Wildlife Locations

Russia offers a vast array of stunning and dramatic places to explore, many of these are remote and provide an untouched wilderness which is home to spectacular wildlife. 

4 recommended locations:


Remote Chukotka, in the Russian Far East, is bordered by the Chukchi Sea, the Bering Strait, and the Bering Sea, which together contain an abundance of cetaceans, including bowhead, humpback, orca and beluga whales. The terrestrial fauna is similar to that of Alaska and is found nowhere else in Russia.

  • Where: Russian Far East/Eastern Siberia
  • Ideal for viewing: Pacific walrus, beluga whale, orca, spoon-billed sandpiper, Brunnich’s guillemot
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Whale watching, Birdwatching

Commander Islands

East of the Kamchatka Peninsula lie the Commander Islands, consisting of Bering Island, Medny Island and 15 smaller islets and rocks. Northern fur seal and Steller’s sealion are abundant here, while more than 200 bird species include large colonies of seabirds which nest on the coastal cliffs.

  • Where: East of the Kamchatka Peninsula
  • Ideal for viewing: red-legged kittiwake, northern fur seal, Steller’s sealion, Arctic fox, horned puffin
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Mark Carwardine wildlife holidays, Birdwatching


The Kamchatka Peninsula, known for its stunning landscapes, is home to an abundance of iconic wildlife, notably brown bear, Steller’s sea eagle, and the endangered spoon-billed sandpiper. It is located between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean, whose waters offer superb cetacean watching.

  • Where: Russian Far East
  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, Steller’s sea eagle, spoon-billed sandpiper, sea otter, Kittlitz’s murrelet
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Mark Carwardine wildlife holidays, Bear watching

Wrangel Island

Remote Wrangel Island with its desolate, primitive landscapes has an abundance of Arctic wildlife: polar bears, musk oxen, and birdlife such as Steller’s sea eagle, and the endangered spoon-billed sandpiper. Located north of the Bering Strait, the cold waters are home to grey whales.

  • Where: Russian Far East
  • Ideal for viewing: polar bear, Arctic fox, musk ox, Pacific walrus, lemming
  • Excellent for: Wildlife cruises, Wildlife photography, Mark Carwardine wildlife holidays, Whale watching, Bear watching, Polar bear watching, Birdwatching

View trips to these locations

Wildlife trips

Russia offers many unique and often extremely remote locations to observe wildlife, including the spectacular Kamchatka Peninsula, where you can see Steller’s sea eagle and Kamchatka brown bear, the Commander Islands, home to Steller’s sea lion, and the surrounding seas for cetacean life.

3 recommended trips. Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.

Wrangel Island with Mark Carwardine

Explore the remote wilderness of Wrangel Island in the Bering Strait with its prehistoric landscapes and phenomenal wildlife. This 14-night cruise aboard the Kapitan Khlebnikov takes you right to the top of the world between Russia and Alaska in the company of renowned explorer Mark Carwardine.

  • When to go: Jul-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £12,875 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Kamchatka’s Forgotten Coast

Explore the diverse assemblage of wildlife and habitats of Kamchatka, home to one of the world’s most endangered waders: the spoon-billed sandpiper. This 13-night cruise aboard the Spirit of Enderby explores the stunning volcanic landscapes, coastlines and remote wilderness of the Commander Islands.

  • When to go: Jun
  • Duration exc. flights: 14 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £7,132 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Kamchatka Whale Watch with Mark Carwardine

This unique voyage in the Russian Far East takes us from Sakhalin to the Shantar Islands and across the Sea of Okhotsk, through the northern Kuril Islands, then along the Kamchatka Peninsula and across the Bering Sea to the incredibly remote Commander Islands to see a wealth of cetacean life.

  • When to go: Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 20 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £12,995 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

When to go

Due to Russia’s size, there is considerable variation in climate and weather, however the best season to visit is generally between June and September, during the warmer months of the northern hemisphere summer.


  • Winter

    Oct to Mar: Winter months are typically extremely cold, with very short days
  • Summer

    Apr to Sep: Temperatures rise in the summer months, peaking in July

Wildlife events

  • Jan to Mar:

    Kamchatka brown bears give birth to young

  • Jun to Aug:

    Grey whales migrate to the Bering Strait from Baja California

Wildlife cruise vessels

Our tours to the Russian Far East use the ice-strengthened expedition vessel, Spirit of Enderby, for wildlife cruising off the remote coast of Eastern Siberia.