Russia - Chukotka
The north eastern tip of Russia is known as Chukotka, and it's a very long way from Moscow. Rugged cliffs along the Chukchi Sea are a haven for Puffins, and the long seasons of ice are a haven for Polar Bears. I joined the expedition ship Professor Kromov to get close to the wildlife. Sort of close. Bears are dangerous, Puffins are aloof, and indigenous hunters have made most wildlife in the region very shy of human activity. This region is a genuine challenge for photographers.
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Images from this gallery were shot in August 2011 during a voyage with Heritage Expedition on the Professor Kromov, also known in southern latitudes as the Spirit Of Enderby. Many thanks to Heritage, their fabulous team and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ.