|The Voyage North to Wrangel Island
Our trip to Wrangel Island with Heritage began in Anadyr after a charter flight from Nome, Alaska. Anadyr is a port town
located at the mouth of the Anadyr River with a population of approximately 13,000. Anadyr is the easternmost town in Russia.
This town consists of the drab old Soviet buildings, but ten years ago these buildings were brightened up with vivid colors to
make the city more attractive.
Holy Trinity Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox Church, was built in 2005 and is
one of the largest wooden churches in the world. Right, a woman in the
church book store.
In Anadyr, on August 25, 2014, we boarded the Professor Khromov. This was the first of three two week trips the ship was
making to Wrangel Island. The plan was for five of us to go up on the first voyage, spend ten days on the island, and then return
on the second voyage. Our whole trip was four weeks long.
Among our stops on the way up was a stop on day 3 at Yttygran Island home to the monumental ancient aboriginal site known
as Whale Bone Alley. Whale bones liter the beach for more than half a mile.
|Jackie stands between whale rib bones.
At another stop along the way, we visited Cape Dezhnev and visited the ruins of a former Eskimo village and an abandoned
border guard station.
A few miles further west, we visited the most northeastern village in Russia, Uelen Village. The village is built on a spit and the
one street down the middle is muddy in summer.
For the children of the village, we were their summer entertainment.
The residents were proud of the very nice school. This was one of the classrooms.
This was the head mistress of the
After our tour of the school, we also toured their museum with very splendid ivory carvings using walrus tusks. Then we went
down to the beach where they sang and played traditional music and danced for us.
Below, the medical building.