Russia Becomes One of the Top Destinations to Explore Polar Bears

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The experts at Lonely Planet have included Wrangel Island in Russia in its list of the top five destinations where tourists can see polar bears in the wild, as reported on the publishing house’s website.

As the journalists note, travellers will be able to visit the island located in the Arctic Ocean on cruise ships as a part of wildlife expedition tours. There tourists will be able to see bears, walruses and other animals that inhabit the area.

The Canadian town of Churchill in the province of Manitoba also appeared on the list. The town is located on the coast of the Hudson Bay, where polar bears gather each fall. The animals wait for the water to freeze in order to resume hunting on ice.

Tourists are transported around Churchill in cars, so that they can safely observe the predators.

Another location that was recognised as a good place to see wild polar bears was the town of Kaktovik, Alaska. It is the only settlement on Barter Island in the Beaufort Sea. Travellers can get there by light aircraft and enjoy boat excursions that last several hours.

Other destinations that also appeared on the list were the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic Ocean and cruise routes along the coast of Greenland.