The vast majority of people in the world won’t even know where it is, let alone know much about it. It is one of 85 regions which make up the Russian Federation, and is officially known as the Chukotka Autonomous District. It covers a vast area of North East Russia the size of England and France combined and slightly larger than the state of Texas, yet is home to less than 50,000 people, the majority of which now live in the towns. The indigenous people include Chukchi, Inuit, Even, Koryak, Chuvan and Yukaghir. The non-native inhabitants are predominately Russian. The Chukotka region was the last part of Siberia to be ‘conquered’ or ‘subdued’ by the Cossack invaders from the west. The Chukchi people resisted fiercely, only succumbing in the late nineteenth century.
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Snow & Emperor Goose; King & Steller’s Eider; Harlequin & Long-tailed Ducks; Pacific & Yellow-billed Loons; Short-tailed Shearwater; Fork-tailed Storm Petrel; Pelagic Cormorant; Sandhill Crane; Grey & Red-necked Phalaropes; Glaucous, Slaty-backed, Sabine’s & Vega Gulls; Common & Thick-billed Murre’s; Black & Pigeon Guillemots; Tufted & Horned Puffins; Kittlitz’s Murrelet; Crested, Least & Parakeet Auklets; Bluethroat; Lapland Longspur, Snow BUnting.
Polar Bear; Walrus; Reindeer; Arctic Ground Squirrel; Grey, Common Minke, Humpback and Bowhead Whales; Spotted, Ringed & Bearded Seals; Northern Pika; Red & Arctic Foxes.
tundra, pack ice, pelagic, cliff faces
easy with some undemanding walks
spectacular scenery, traditional Chukchi and Inuit villages and art, whale bone carvings, beautiful wildflowers, abandoned research stations, Annual Beringia Regatta and Festival