Date Line. Flight from Kamchatka to Alaska across the Pacific Ocean
• Date Line. Flight from Kamchatka to Alaska across the Pacific Ocean
By the time zones we are used to treat a purely practical - they are important in travel and long journeys. Forgetting about the time zone, it is possible to miss the flight and just "lost in time". Countdown time zones is conducted by Greenwich - conditional zero line in the "plus" (to the east) and "minus" (to the west). But, since the earth is round, there is a place where time zones converge, where there are "today" and "tomorrow". This place is called "Date Line" and passes it across the Pacific.
Cross it is possible, using the flight "Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky - Anchorage" airline "Yakutia". Since you do not fly as usual, through Europe, and "backwards", in the US you have to fly as already passing day. When you fly back to Kamchatka, "come back" in the future.
Recently I was able to make such a journey in time with the airline "Yakutia".
On July 11, at 5 am flight airline "Yakutia" I flew from Novosibirsk to Yakutsk. Began the longest night of my life. After 5 hours connecting flight to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and from there to Alaska.
The flights to Anchorage are performed every week on Mondays, but only until 29 August. This binding to fly associated with the weather - July and August in Kamchatka and Alaska are ideal for tourists.
The head office of the airline "Yakutia" is located in Yakutsk. It operates scheduled flights to all parts of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), many cities of the Russian Federation, international scheduled and charter flights.
A smooth takeoff from Yakutsk.
Air airline fleet "Yakutia" consists of 15 boards. On the flight to Anchorage fly 4 comfortable Boeing 737-800. It is the only air route connecting the Russian Far East with the former Russian territory, and now the US state - Alaska.
In Kamchatka, low clouds, but during the roll at the final course see the volcano.
Generally near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky has two active volcanoes - Koryak and avachinsky.
The aircraft lands in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on the shores of the Pacific Ocean Avacha bay. It is the easternmost town of the whole of the northern hemisphere with a population of more than 100 thousand people.
crew change occurs in Kamchatka.
While the plane refueled, I'm going through the registration on an international flight to Anchorage.
Flight Alaska late in the evening and on board all asleep. Except for me. I'm waiting for the moment of border crossing time zones.
Telephone on the window. At the 172nd longitude we cross the border dates change.
It would seem that July 11 would end, and I need to see the dawn of a new day - the 12th of July, but no! It is dawn already lived day - the 11th.
This Groundhog Day, all over again.
Later, however, nature will take his, and I have to return the day of the universe, but it will happen.
pilots, guided only by the way Greenwich (mean solar time of the meridian passing through the former location of the Greenwich Royal Observatory, near London), so that such "jumps" simply do not notice in time.
5 in the morning of my second on 11 July.
Landing in Alaska Anchorage International Airport. On the same day and at the same time I landed in Yakutsk.
Alaska Standard Time (AST) -
own time zone operates in Alaska.
Anchorage time for 1 hour, "behind" the time on the West Coast at 4 hours from the East, for 12 hours from Moscow time and 17 hours of Yakutsky.
Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport (Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport) - Alaska's main airport and the fifth in the world in terms of volume of cargo transportation.
In the year of this flight is used by about 870 passengers, one board - it is about 170 people. Direction, though not massive, but enjoys stable demand among Russian and American tourists, hunters, businessmen and transit passengers.
Anchorage - the largest city in Alaska.
42% of the population of the state live in Anchorage, only New York has a higher percentage of residents living in the largest cities in the state.
Unlike any other city in Alaska Anchorage has never been any fishing or mining center.
His appearance city owes coincidence. The place where the modern Anchorage, was chosen for the foundation of a railway center there. This center for 9 years built Alaska Railroad. It was there November 20, 1920 and was founded Anchorage.
Alaska - is not only the largest US state by area, but also the richest in terms of tourism. Here is the 23 national parks and reserves. This is more than in any other state of the country.
In Alaska you can not only fly, but also sail on a cruise ship.
And like travel on special tourist trains at the Alaska. In such compositions have special cars with the top floor overview.
small aircraft are sometimes metaphorically called "the lifeblood of Alaska." Small planes delivered emergency goods, transport people looking for missing people in remote areas. All because in the hill country with lakes and dense forests is unprofitable to build roads.
In Alaska, it is easy to obtain a certificate of the pilot and the aircraft purchasing acquaintances are not surprised. For example, thanks to the small aircraft can visit the highest point in North America - Mount Denali.
This is the highest mountain in Alaska and North America. When I was in high school, it was called Mount McKinley, in honor of one of the US presidents. August 28, 2015 was renamed Mount Denali.
Denali - the historical name of the mountain. Translated from the Athabasca Native language means "the Great".
The aircraft is landing on the glacier at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level.
At 100 km from Anchorage is located Kenai Fjords National Park (Kenai Fjords National Park). Park presents unique glaciers, avalanches, bays, gorges and icebergs. The total area is 2833 square meters. km.
Kenai Fjords National Park exists since 1980 and was created to protect the Arctic region from the negative influence of man.
The inhabitants of the park - polar bears, seals, walruses, whales, coastal zone is rich in exotic marine life.
The major natural attractions in the park three - a Vanishing Glacier, Harding ice field and coastline.
where you can actually see how icebergs break off and fall into the sea the huge ice blocks.
The falling ice opens glaciers carved deep valleys. They are filled with water, they form a unique beauty of the fjords, with great length and relatively steep slopes.
Every year, Kenai Fjords National Park is visited by over 200 000 tourists who prefer cruises glacial wild.
Ski Alyeska Ski Resort 45 miles from Anchorage.
She often appeared in Jack London's stories about the Klondike Gold Rush.
City Nome (Nome) was founded in 1888 as a settlement of gold miners. This city is "loved" the filmmakers. Where the action film "The fourth kind" with Milla Jovovich in the lead role. The film describes the cases of abduction by aliens. A diphtheria epidemic in Nome in 1925 became the basis for the plot animated feature "Balto."
Of course, I did not miss the opportunity to make another dream - visited the Bering Strait, which connects the Arctic and Pacific oceans.
Prior to Russia from here only 85 km - approximately as from Sheremetyevo to Domodedovo.
In the foreground you can see Cape Prince of Wales, the western-most point of the continental United States, in the background - Cape Dezhnev, the easternmost point of Russia. Between two islands can be seen. One that is less - it's Little Diomede (USA), one that is more - Ratmanova Island (Russia). Between these islands only 4 km, but they are on different days.
This is the town of Wales (Wales). It is located in the most western point of the American continent at the end of the Seward Peninsula, 1001 km from Anchorage. According to the 2010, the city had a population of 145 people.
The skeleton of a whale in the yard of a house.
A very strong and atmospheric place!
omimo most western point, I visited the northernmost city in North America - Baro (Barrow).
In this small town of permafrost and in July day here -2⁰S and wind of 30 m / s - this "resort".
Point Barrow itself is located 14 km from the same city. In this weather to walk quite boring and cool, so I called a taxi. And what was my surprise when the real Thai came for me! Man has lived most of his life in a country where the temperature rarely falls below 20⁰S, and moved to the northernmost city in the United States. Why he did it, I did not manage to find out.
This is the 71th latitude. in the Arctic Ocean views. The place where merge the Chukchi Sea and Beaufort.
The Road Home. Registration on Yakutia Airlines counter.
begins the shortest day of my life - 18 July. It's time to repay the universe :)
So, I flew from Anchorage at 7:30 am on July 18 and arrived in Yakutsk at 8:15 am, but on July 19. Day July 18 had to give.
Flight R3-510. The course 15. Disengage.
ticket from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Anchorage and back costs $ 850, from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and back - $ 1080.
On the flight back to Russia my fellow passengers, mostly American fishermen. For them, fishing in wild places of Kamchatka - it's exotic.
on board at the European level of service.
Power unusual for Russian passenger.
On the way back we fly past the main volcanoes of Kamchatka
Passengers are delighted with the spectacle stick to the window.
Back in Yakutsk - the journey is completed in time.
to fly as often as possible - it gives an unforgettable experience!