Arakamchechen Island

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Аракамчечен / Kigini
Arakamchechen and Yttygran Islands
Arakamchechen is located in Russia
Location in Russia
Location Bering Sea
Coordinates 64°45′N 172°23′W / 64.750°N 172.383°W / 64.750; -172.383Coordinates: 64°45′N 172°23′W / 64.750°N 172.383°W / 64.750; -172.383
Area 276.8 km2 (106.9 sq mi)
Length 32 km (19.9 mi)
Width 21 km (13 mi)
Highest elevation 613 m (2,011 ft)
Federal subject Chukotka
Population 0

Arakamchechen Island (Russian: Аракамчечен; Eskimo–Aleut: Kigini) is an island in the Bering Sea.


Arakamchechen lies north of Cape Chaplino, close to the coast of Chukotka. It is separated from the continental shore by an 8 km wide sound. This island is inhabited; the main settlement is Yanrakynnot village.

Arakamchechen Island is 32 km long and has a maximum width of 21 km. It has a mountainous interior. South of it lies Yttygran Island and west of it Penkigney Bay.[1] There is a 5 km wide sound between the two islands.

Arakamchechen (above the center of the photo) and the smaller Yttygran (left of center). The tiny island to the south of Arakamchechen is Nuneangan.
Location of Arakamchechen Island in Chukotka.


Administratively Arakamchechen Island belongs to the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug of the Russian Federation.

Nowadays this island is popular with tourists who come to enjoy the wildlife.[2] Many walruses live in rookeries in the shores of this island.[3]


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