Crossing the Bering Strait

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1. Posted by backpackit (Full Member 45 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone - I'm stumped.

I am putting together plans for a RTW trip that would take me east across the Bering Strait at the end of FEBRUARY - just in time to make it to Alaska for the finish of the Iditarod.

I'd REALLY like to cross it on boat to get the whole experience, but the darn thing is frozn at that time of year. But even searing for a flight from Vladivostok or Chukotka, Russia is a challenge.

Does anyone have any ideas? Ice breakin' cargo boats? I'd hate to make it all that way and have to wait for the ice to melt or turn back and head west.

Thanks for your input!

2. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

SWIM, it's not that far. You can actually see Russia from Wales...

heh, ok maybe not, I grew up in Alaska. When I was there I spent a summer in Unalakleet, that's getting pretty close to Russia, and a lot of the Fisherman in the area used to get over into Siberia at times. I'd guess that you can find a boat from either Clarens or Nome that would be able to carry you. Even better that way since you want to see the end of the iditarod.. which is in Nome... That would work out too because that's one of the only times of year you can easily get transport from Nome to Anchorage...

Another idea is look at a company called Wallenius Wilhelmsman... I know that they make at least an occasional run from Kamchatka to Alaska... or at least they are doing it for the folks over at, but that will be in July.

Lastly are you sure the Bering straight freezes? Usually ocean water doesn't freeze.

3. Posted by backpackit (Full Member 45 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I suppose I COULD swim...maybe build raft...

I THOUGHT it was frozen over, that's what I've read anyway.

thanks for the tips, I'll check into them.

4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

If it's frozen, walk/skiddo/huskie sled/pogo stick over! - There's also a number of islands/islets on route you can use as required

Parts of the Bering do at least semi freeze over (and have seen documentaries of people crossing, or trying to cross entirely by land), sometimes properly, but i think they try and keep it open

5. Posted by Blueswan (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

hi, could any shramp(Chinese sounds simlar to the word 'hero') tell me----
Is travelling cross the strait a right way from China to Canada?
Maybe the beginning of next year i will do that.
Are visas to Russia and America needed?Smuggling?

6. Posted by aphromann (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I too am planning a journey across the straight, however I intend on simply walking across, using a siberean huskey as my ice tester. The goal of this is to really understand what the journey was like for my ancestors. Maybe you should attempt this.

7. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Two guys from Vancouver (Canada) recenlty rowed their bowed gently down the stream across the Strait... you could try that.

8. Posted by Oilworker (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

are there any new news about crossing the Bering Strait?
I know of a few people planning to cross it by car or even on their way already.
I was planning to try it myself in 2010 and am currently working on preparing the car for a first scout test up to the Strait (Russian Side) in early 2009.

How are the chances?
What´s the best time of year to try?
How is the sea up there?



9. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am not too sure how many of these posts are said with tongue in cheek, or maybe a little more research is needed. So a search for Karl Bushby, he is genuinely walking around the world. Been going 7 years now. He crosses the strait. You might want to have a look at his site and or book to get an idea at how easy/hard you think it is

10. Posted by natbananas (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am thinking of crossing Bering Strait over ice on foot. Would love to hear from all interested, all comments are welcome!

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