Boats, of any kind, from Alaska to Russia
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jun 30, 2010 10:49 AM Last Post By: thyrso
Apr 3, 2010 11:44 AM
Apr 3, 2010 5:11 PM
1There are no boats with passenger possibilities from Alaska to Russia. I have been checking this my whole life and I am sad to say forget it. I am not even aware of yacht-hitching chances up this far north.
There is an Alaska State ferry once a month in summer from Homer to Dutch Harbor. My wife and and I and two little girls did this deck passage last summer and it is highly recommended. But there are no flights from Dutch Harbor to Russia, only a few East-West Cruise Lines expensive cruise journeys that could be bought in segments, that take you to Kamchatka, which opens up a whole can of worms in terms of visa support and bookings but it could be done. But this would involve spending a minimum of US$320 Homer-Dutch and US$1600 Dutch-Kamchatka, plus sitting around lovely but expensive Dutch Harbor to make this difficult connection.
Evidently, Vladivostok Air may fly Anchorage-Valdivostok this summer, very expensive, maybe US$800 one-way, but this service has been off and on and not to be counted on at this point.
You could also get to Nome (I would love to do this) and try to time it when there are actually small tour groups that go from Nome to Chukhotka. Air Chutkhotka could get you from Anadyr to a Siberian city and then you could find transport on from there. I have never heard of anyone doing it this but it is theoretically possible. Nome, like every other Alaskan city, has air taxi pilots, but they can't fly into Russia because they can't get the high grade fuel there to fly back. Only the bigger tour craft can fly to Chukhotka and back on the same tank of gas. I cannot find any people willing to air taxi you from Dutch Harbor or the farther west Adak, to Kamchatka.
There is a boat from Hokkaido, Japan to Sakhalin Island, Russia, that we are going to take this summer, but forget finding a boat from Alaska to Japan. You can fly. The 5 hour boat costs US$280 one way plus at least US$300 to get from Tokyo to Wakkanai, Hokkaido.
Apr 3, 2010 9:57 PM
Apr 4, 2010 11:36 AM
3You need special permission to enter Chukotka so I doubt you can fly there.
Yes, it is easier and much cheaper to travel through Seattle.
Jun 30, 2010 10:49 AM
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