Provideniya, Russia

Provideniya is an urban type settlement situated in the Provideniya Bay in the northeastern part of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia.

It is situated on a picturesque bay surrounded by mountains across the Bering Strait from Alaska and is very close to the International Date Line.

Along with its sister city Nome in Alaska, Provideniya was particularly important during WWII when aircraft and supplies reached Europe via Alaska and Siberia during lend-lease.

The city is isolated and only accessible by air and water. The port is located in the downtown area of Provideniya.

In the past six years, the population of Provideniya has decreased significantly. Now whole apartment blocks are empty and the city offers a somewhat forlorn sight. Shores along the Emma Bay support Bering type flora and habitat for large bird colonies.

Cruises generally commence in late Spring (April/May) and the season ends in September. The shorter season reflects the more northerly latitude of the region, however daily temperatures through the region are generally a pleasant 20c/70f through summer and can rise to the mid to high 20’s. April and September are cooler. This is a relatively low rain period with about 8 to 10 days of rain per month.

General Information:

Population: 55, 000 approx (Chukotka)
Currency: Ruble (RUB)
Language: Russian
Time Zone: GMT + 2 hours

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