Daily Expedition Reports
Ranger Station, Wrangel Island

Chris Rainier, National Geographic Photographer, August 2019

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 19 Aug 2019

Ranger Station, Wrangel Island

  • Aboard the National Geographic Orion
  • Arctic

Today was our final day in Wrangel Island. After the rangers gave a presentation yesterday, about living in an isolated area with musk ox and polar bears as neighbours, we had a chance to visit their home at the ranger station. Luckily, the bay gave us some rest from the strong wind, and we could do a safe landing on the beach. The scenery was stunning, and we got to see the old hunter homes and the remains of what had once been an old Inuit community. Salmon was moving upstream in the braided river, and a Pomarine Jaeger caught an easy meal. The tundra vegetation on Wrangel Island is vast and very diverse, with around 400 distinct plant species. On the flat plateau south of the east to west trending Wrangel Island mountain range, the vegetation easily grows on the fluvial deposits around the ranger station. It has been an interesting and eventful visit to the rarely visited Wrangel Island, and we are now heading back towards the more civilized mainland again.

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