Saint Lawrence Island, Alaska

St. Lawrence Island is located west of mainland Alaska in the Bering Sea, just south of the Bering Strait, St. Lawrence Island is thought to be one of the last surviving non-submerged portions of the land bridge that once joined Asia with North America during the Pleistocene period.

The island presently contains two villages: Savoonga and Gambell. The island is now inhabited mostly by Siberian Yupik engaged in hunting, fishing, and reindeer herding. The St. Lawrence Island Yupik people are also known for their skill in carving, mostly with materials from marine mammals (walrus ivory and whale bone).

The towns of Gambell and Savoonga, both on the northwest shore of the island, have economies based on the subsistence harvest of fish, marine mammals, and reindeer. Tourists come in very small numbers to observe bird concentrations, and to buy the excellent ivory carvings for which island artisans are famed.

Things to See & Do

* Bird watching
* Purchase ivory carvings
* Wildlife viewing

General information

Cruise Season – May - September
Currency - United States Dollar (USD)
Language – English
Land Area – 4,640 km²
Population – 1300 approx
Electricity – 110 vlt 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT minus nine hours
International Country Telephone Code – +1

Transport Links – Saint Lawrence Island can be accessed by boat from Nome.

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