Shipping to the Most Remote Locations in Alaska: Little Diomede Island

Shipping to the Most Remote Locations in Alaska: Little Diomede Island

 

Not only is Little Diomede Island one of the most remote places in America, but it also has a fascinating story. Little Diomede Island is about 135 miles from Nome, Alaska while only 2.5 miles from the Russian island of Big Diomede. The Diomede Islands are located in the middle of the Bering Strait between mainland Alaska and Siberia (brrr). Because of the harsh weather and the rough seas that surround the island, getting cargo and supplies to Little Diomede can be a challenge.

For example, the runway on Little Diomede that has been carved into Bering Strait ice, is only accessible a few months out of the year and has been known to change positions on the island because of the weather. This can make getting shipments to the island extremely difficult, not to mention a bit treacherous. We were recently tasked with job of shipping plumbing parts to Little Diomede in order to help with the construction of a weather station. This weather station is critical for the island residents to know what to expect and how to prepare for the severe weather that impacts them. Thankfully, during times of the year when it is impossible to fly in via plane, we are able to transport the needed supplies via helicopter.

If you have cargo that needs to get to a part of Alaska where literally No Roads lead, trust Alaska Air Forwarding to find a way to get it there. We are one of few shipping companies that have relationships with multiple transfer companies that also use multiple aircraft in and out of the smallest cities and towns throughout Alaska, including the most remote island of Little Diomede.

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