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It has no permanent population but is the site of an important Russian weather station. To the east lies Little Diomede Island, a part of Alaska, inhabited by Chukchi people who are skilled seamen. The islands' first European visitor was the Danish navigator Vitus Jonassen Bering on Aug. Read more

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Who owns Little Diomede Island?

Though the two islands are only 3.8 km apart and clearly in a single group, they are separated by the International Date line which also marks the international border between Russia and the United States. Big Diomede is owned by Russia and Little Diomede is owned by the USA.

Who lives on Big Diomede?

The people who lived on Big Diomede Island were moved to mainland Russia by the Soviet government. A small Russian military base is currently on the island. Little Diomede has an Inupiat population of 170, mostly in the City of Diomede.

How do people live in Diomede?

Directly facing Russia is a village with a population of fewer than 80 people, who live in huts clustered up the steep and rocky hillside. It is one of the most remote and isolated settlements in the US.

Can you move to Diomede?

There are no permanent inhabitants on Big Diomede, but it is the site of a Russian weather station and a base of Border Service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation troops (FSB). Little Diomede is an island of Alaska, United States, and does have inhabitants.

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Most frequently asked questions

Can you see Russia from Diomede?

Little Diomede Island is a little isolated sliver in the middle of the Bering Strait and it is a remarkably unique place. This location means you really can see Russia from Alaska! Little Diomede Island is located in the middle of the Bering Strait and it is a part of Alaska in the United States of America.

What is the time difference between Big Diomede and Little Diomede?

Because they are separated by the International Date Line, Big Diomede is almost a day ahead of Little Diomede, but not completely; due to locally defined time zones, Big Diomede is only 21 hours ahead of Little Diomede (20 in summer).

How do you get to Little Diomede Island?

The more "usual" ways of getting to Little Diomede include:
  1. Bering Air flies from Nome in the winter. Planes land on the ice.
  2. Evergreen Helicopters fly to the island all year from Nome.

Does anyone live on Little Diomede Island?

It has no permanent population but is the site of an important Russian weather station. To the east lies Little Diomede Island, a part of Alaska, inhabited by Chukchi people who are skilled seamen. The islands' first European visitor was the Danish navigator Vitus Jonassen Bering on Aug.

Does anybody live on Big Diomede Island?

Today, unlike Alaska's neighboring Little Diomede Island, it has no permanent native population, but it is the site of a Russian weather station and a base of Border Service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation troops (FSB).



Two Islands in Two Countries, Two Miles and 21 Hours Apart

Can I visit Little Diomede?

In the past, Bering Air operated regular flights to Little Diomede only a few months of each year. The only runway available at the village was one plowed into the frozen sea ice. When the sea ice thaws, Diomede is only accessible by boat and helicopter.

How far apart are the Diomede Islands?

Just 3.8 kilometers (2.4 miles) separate Big Diomede Island (Russia) and Little Diomede Island (U.S.).

Why is there no bridge between Alaska and Russia?

It would be very expensive to build a bridge across the Bering Strait, even thought there are a couple of islands in the middle (the Doimedes), which would take the price of construction down to about $105 billion (5 times the price of the English Channel tunnel).

Can you still walk from Alaska to Russia?

The narrowest distance between mainland Russia and mainland Alaska is approximately 55 miles. ... The stretch of water between these two islands is only about 2.5 miles wide and actually freezes over during the winter so you could technically walk from the US to Russia on this seasonal sea ice.

Can you swim from Russia to Alaska?

Not only is it possible to swim between Alaska and Russia, but several people have done it. The most notable of these is Lynne Cox. She swam between Big and Little Diomede Islands in 1987 as a Cold War-era peace gesture. She completed the crossing in just over two hours in 38-degree water.

Who owns the St Lawrence Island?

Lawrence Island Reserve – nearly the entire island. Now jointly owned by Savoonga and Gambell, the island is private property, which entitles the people there to take advantage of what their ancestors left behind over the course of an estimated 2,000 years or more of occupation on a 90-mile-long island.

Can you see Russia from St Lawrence Island?

You can also see Russia from other points in Alaska. ... Lawrence Island—a larger Alaskan island in the Bering Sea, southwest of the Diomedes—you can see the Russian mainland, about 37 miles away.

Do people live in St Lawrence Island?

Lawrence Island is largely undeveloped and is home to about 1,400 people who live in the villages of Gampbell and Savoonga on the northern coast. Residents are 95.5 percent Alaska Native or part Alaska Native. The isolation of the island has helped maintain their traditional St. Lawrence.

Who owned Alaska before Russia?

Interesting Facts. Russia controlled most of the area that is now Alaska from the late 1700s until 1867, when it was purchased by U.S. Secretary of State William Seward for $7.2 million, or about two cents an acre. During World War II, the Japanese occupied two Alaskan islands, Attu and Kiska, for 15 months.

How deep is the water between Alaska and Russia?

Bering Strait, Russian Proliv Beringa, strait linking the Arctic Ocean with the Bering Sea and separating the continents of Asia and North America at their closest point. The strait averages 98 to 164 feet (30 to 50 metres) in depth and at its narrowest is about 53 miles (85 km) wide.

Has anyone swam from Florida to Cuba?

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad has become the first person to swim from Cuba to the US without a shark cage. After about 53 hours' non-stop swimming, the 64-year-old American reached Key West, Florida, escorted by boats and her team of 35 people.