Diomede Islands

Visit the Diomede Islands with Circumpolar Expeditions

In the middle of the Bering Strait, around 2.5 miles apart from each other, lie two beautiful mesa-shaped islands. They are known as the Diomede Islands, or Ostrova Gvozdeva in Russian.  The International Date Line and United States – Russian border runs between these two islands. The larger island is Big Diomede. It lacks any civilian population and contains a Russian border guard and weather station. The smaller island is Little Diomede. It is home to fewer than 200, mostly Alaska native people who live a subsistence lifestyle. Being separated by the International Date Line, Big Diomede Island is around 21 hours later in time than Little Diomede. That is why Big Diomede is also called Tomorrow Island, and Little Diomede is also called Yesterday Island.

Alaska’s Little Diomede Island is arguably the most remote and isolated part of the United States, but with Circumpolar Expeditions you can witness the rugged landscape and experience the culture of the local community that has occupied their island for more than a thousand years. Visiting Little Diomede Island requires permission, meticulous planning, and a host of special travel and accommodation arrangements, but you can trust Circumpolar Expeditions to provide you with a comfortable and convenient tour experience. We have been leading Arctic expeditions for more than thirty years and we are equipped to provide you with all the support required. Contact us for more information about visiting the Diomede Islands.

About Us

Circumpolar Expeditions provides clients with unique and personalized experiences.

Expeditions and Tours

We design custom tours, professional exchanges and trade missions in the circumpolar arctic with an emphasis on Alaska and the Russian Far East.

Film Services

We offer logistical support, location scouting, and serving as a liaison with local villages and organizations.

Education and Humanitarian Efforts

Our humanitarian efforts have focused on arctic health issues including rural health fairs, and substance abuse education and prevention, and with providing supplies and equipment .


For the past 30 years Circumpolar Expeditions has led the way in arctic adventures. We provide our clients with unique and personalized experiences. Whether organizing specialized tours, creating vocational training programs, or providing logistic and ground support for expeditions and film crews, we do what nobody else does. Let us share our passion for the arctic with you.

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