Chukotka is Russia’s, and possibly even the world’s, most extreme, exotic, exhilarating destination for serious adventure travellers. If you want to meet nomadic reindeer herders dressing in fur clothing, living in fur tents, travelling by hand-made wooden dog and reindeer sledges, then you need to come here. If you want to witness traditional whale hunts, where the prey is speared down in open water, and the meat shared with everyone in the village, this north-easternmost crag of the Eurasian continent is the place for you. If you want to visit rookeries of 80,000 walruses within eyesight of an indigenous community, and observe the multitudes of polar bears that come to hunt on them, go nowhere else. If you want to travel by tank to gulag camps amid the most stunning, pristine natural scenery on the planet, then read on.

Three polar bears near Vankarem village, Chukotka

Three polar bears near Vankarem village, Chukotka

Nomadic Chukchi reindeer herders migrating on sledges, Chukotka

Nomadic Chukchi reindeer herders migrating on sledges, Chukotka

Nine time zones east of Moscow, thousands of kilometres from the country’s road and rail network, and the most restricted of all Arctic Russia’s closed regions, Chukotka is one of the last places in the world truly untouched by outside influence.

The indigenous people here include Chukchi, Eskimos and Yukaghir, most of whom are nomadic reindeer herders living inland or sea mammal hunters living on the coast.

The level of tourist or transport infrastructure here is much lower even than the other Arctic Russian regions we organise trips to. Coming here, you, therefore, need to be prepared for delays, physical discomfort, terrible weather and all sorts of other problems. These trips are not for people who want to be shepherded from one tourist attraction and comfy hotel to the next, meeting every transport connection on the dot as if timed by a Swiss watch. If you can do without this, though, you will be rewarded by pristine nature, stunning wildlife, spectacularly colourful traditional culture, and by dozens of experiences that few other outsiders have ever had.

We currently offer two trip types to Chukotka. Click on their names below to be taken to the relevant pages:

1) Nomads, whale hunters, polar bears and walrus rookeries

2) For an overland trip from Yakutia to Chukotka, please visit our sister site Travel Yakutia.