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Lying in the Chukchi Sea just north of the Bering Strait, Wrangel Island is a mysterious forgotten land with an abundance of wildlife.

A Federal Nature Reserve of international importance, Wrangel Island is a major denning area for polar bears, where large numbers of cubs are born. Reindeer and musk ox and were introduced in 1948 and 1975 respectively. The island is the last landfall for migratory birds flying north to breed, and in summer the many thousands that congregate here include snow geese, snowy owls, skuas, Arctic terns, and Ross’s, Sabine’s and ivory gulls.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: polar bear, Arctic fox, musk ox, Pacific walrus, lemming
  • Where: Russian Far East, Russia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

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