We dare you to try it.
In the name of mighty Russia, the American dream and the holy spirit of adventure, some TikTok user posted a video and explained exactly how you could walk from Alaska to Great Russia.
Though the explanation is mostly hypothetical, it’s an exciting way to show just how close North America is to the borders of Russia.
In the video, the user points out the proximity of two islands in the Bering Strait. Those islands mark the division between Russia and the U.S. 25 miles off the coast of Russia, locates the first island named the Big Diamond. The second island surprisingly is called Little Diomede, which is about 16 miles off the coast of Alaska.
To our astonishment, these islands are only two-and-a-half miles apart! This practically means that in the winter when the water freezes, you can walk from the United States to Russia in under 20 minutes, if you’re a fast walker. Not suggesting this part because you might slip and break your hip.
These islands are close to each other, however, the walk isn’t quite so solid particularly in the dead of winter. Lynne Cox a long-distance swimmer swam from one island to the other in about two hours in 1987 and this was in the middle of August.
Since they are parts of two different countries, the two islands are in completely different time zones. You walk from the Big one to the Little one and find yourself 21 hours ago! You practically move from the moment not to yesterday!
Though we’re used to seeing the U.S. and Russia on opposite sides of the map, the video certainly points out just how connected nations are, regardless of whether this is a practical way to travel or not, which it is. An adventure is an adventure, right?