This island is desolate and experiences severe weather, but is inhabited— since 1825. The village of Nikolskoye is home to 800 people, roughly three hundred of them Aleuts. Bering Island is a treeless island with hills. The island is foggy and is prone to earthquakes. The scant population on the island is involved mostly in fishing.
This island is also less commonly known as the "Floating Island" simply because it "floats" on the International Date Line.
The shores of Bering Island form a natural habitat for sea otters. This island is also famous for its seal rookeries.
4 km off Bering Island's NW shore lies small Toporkov Island (Ostrov Toporkov) . It is a round island with a diameter of 800 m.