Bering Island, Commander Islands, Russia

The village of Nikolskoye is home to 800 people, roughly three hundred of them Aleuts. Bering Island is a treeless island with hills. The island is foggy and is prone to earthquakes. The scant population on the island is involved mostly in fishing.

Located at the western-most point of the Aleutian Islands just east of the Kamchatka Peninsula, the Commander Islands represent Russia’s largest marine reserve, home to extraordinary wildlife including sperm, killer and humpback whales – and the rare Stejneger’s beaked whale – as well as Arctic foxes and thousands of fur seals, sea lions and sea otters. Spectacular bird cliffs welcome kittiwakes, puffins, guillemots, albatross and more.

Things to see and do

* Bird watching
* Sea rookeries
* Grave and memorial to Vitus Bering
* Aluet museum in village of Nikoskoye

Cruise Season – March - Nov
Currency – Ruble (RUB)
Language – Russian
Land Area - 1,660 sq km’s
Population – 800 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time – GMT plus two hours to plus twelve hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 7

Port Location – The port is located at the village of Nikolskoye.

Travel Links – The Commander Islands are served by weekly flights by small planes from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Nikolskoye, departing and returning to the peninsula on Mondays.

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