Polar bears, Walrus, Muskox and Reindeer

Some of the islands in the Arctic Ocean off Yakutia’s northern coast are considered, by those in the know, to be the best places in Eurasia to spot polar bears if visited at the right time of year. Of particular interest is Preobrazheniya (Transfiguration) Island, 1000km north of the Arctic Circle in Yakutia’s Anabar District. Every year when the ice recedes, a walrus rookery forms on the island’s spits and numerous polar bears arrive to prey on them. Of additional interest to travellers, in summer Preobrazheniya’s high rocky cliffs are home to 1 million nesting guillemot and gulls, a truly spectacular sight, sound and smell!

Polar bear swimming off Preobrazheniya Island, Anabar District, Arctic Yakutia

Polar bear swimming off Preobrazheniya Island, Anabar District, Arctic Yakutia


We offer one itinerary with visits to Yakutia’s Preobrazheniya and Begichev islands. As the majority of the trip takes place not in Yakutia but on the neighbouring (and equally fascinating) Taymyr Peninsula, the trip is included on our sister site, Arctic Russia Travel. Please click the link below to be taken to the relevant page with itinerary, price and photos.

Polar bears, walrus, muskox and reindeer on the Taymyr Peninsula and Yakutia’s Arctic Ocean islands.

Guillemot on the cliffs of PReobrazheniya Island, Anabar District, Arctic Yakutia

Guillemot on the cliffs of PReobrazheniya Island, Anabar District, Arctic Yakutia


Walrus rookery on Preobrazheniya Island, Anabar District, Arctic Yakutia

Walrus rookery on Preobrazheniya Island, Anabar District, Arctic Yakutia