St Lawrence Island (Alaska)

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St Lawrence Island cruise port

West Coast USA and Canada - Alaska

63.78351 N, -171.73630 W

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St Lawrence Island is located in Bering Sea - south of Bering Strait and west of mainland Alaska. With length of 90 ml (140 km), width of 22 ml (35 km) and a total area of 1792 ml2 (4640 km2), St Lawrence is the USA's the s6th largest and the world's 113th largest island. Its total population is around 1,400 people. The other (in the "USA top 10") largest Alaskan islands are Kodiak Island, Prince of Wales Island, Chichagof Island, St Lawrence Island, Admiralty Island, Nunivak Island, Unimak Island and Baranof Island.

Saint Lawrence island is part of Alaska, but its location is actually closer to Russia (Siberia) than to mainland Alaska. Gambell is approx 60 km (37 ml) from the Chukchi Peninsula (Russia's Far East). For the past 2000 years this island has been inhabited by Alaskan and Siberian eskimos. By the 19th century, it had numerous villages with a total population of around 4,000 Yupik people.

  • The island is now inhabited mostly by Siberian Yupik engaged in hunting (bowhead whales, seals, walrus), fishing, reindeer herding. Yupik people are well known for their carving skill, using mostly marine mammal materials (walrus ivory, whale bone, also fossilized ivory).
  • Gambell (population around 700) is located on the island's northwest cape, around 40 ml 65 km() northwest of Savoonga. These are the island's only settlements. Both Savoonga and Gambell are small villages featuring old wooden houses and locally hand-made crafts available for purchase.
  • By the "Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act", in 1971 Gambell and Savoonga were given title to most of the island's land. This allows the locals to legally sell fossilized ivory and other artifacts found on the Island.
  • At Boxer Bay (on the south side of the island, the Yupik people have established hunting and fishing camps. Here tourists may walk on the tundra and see fish-drying racks, whalebones, circular depressions which served as food-storage caches, walrus-skin boats that natives use for transportation and hunting.

Saint Lawrence island has no trees. Its only woody plant is the Arctic willow (about 1 ft / 30 cm high). The abundance of seabirds and marine mammals is largely due to the Anadyr Current, which brings nutrient-rich waters from the Bering Sea shelf edge.

Highlights: St. Lawrence Island, Boxer Bay

St Lawrence Island cruise terminal

Cruise ships to St Lawrence Island dock (anchor) either at Gambell or Savoonga. Both port towns are located on the island's northern coast.

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