The Commander Islands sit at the western extremity of the well-known Aleutian Islands. There are two large islands (Bering and Medney) with two smaller islands (Arij Karmen and Toporkov). These islands are Russian territory, discovered by the explorer Vitus Bering. Bering and his men were shipwrecked here, and he perished along with many of his men. The reports from those that survived led to a ‘fur rush’ and settlement on the Islands. The Commander Islands were an important strategic military and Border Control post during the Cold War, but since the collapse of communism in 1991-1992 many of the people have moved away. We visit Nikoi’skoye, the one small village that remains, to meet some of the locals and visit the small museum, before investigating some of the known wildlife colonies, including a large number of seabird and seal colonies.