Wednesday 9 May 2012

Travel across tundra in Russia

Walrus on Wrangel. Picture: Ewen Bell

by Ewen Bell

WRANGEL Island is one of the most isolated postings for a Russian park ranger. More than 100km north of the Siberian coast, where there are more bears than people by a factor of 10.

For a few months of the year, the coastline around Wrangel is ice-free and the Russians are inviting tourists to keep them company.

Rangers on Wrangel spend their summer weeks repairing machinery and huts from the ravages of winter or the curiosity of polar bears.

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