Russian Far East – Across the Top of the World

Russian Arctic Cruise

  • Spirit of Enderby
  • Research Ship
  • 50 Capacity
  • 16 Days
  • 2014 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Jul 24 Thu
    • Aug 7 Thu
    • Aug 21 Thu
  • Price from
  • $9,800

Summary : This unique journey not only includes the isolated Wrangel and Herald Islands, but also a significant section of the wild North Eastern Siberian coastline. It is a journey made possible only in recent years by the thawing in the politics of the region and the retreat of the summer pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. Right on the border between Soviet Russia and the United States, the area was known as the Ice Curtain and today remains one of the last undiscovered wonders of the world. There will be numerous landings during your voyage: look for whales, visit huge bird colonies, walrus haul-outs and native villages and take every opportunity to discover the region’s rich biodiversity.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking

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Itinerary
Day 1
Nome, Alaska

For those departing Nome, Alaska, your adventure begins with a flight across the black Bering Sea and the International Date Line, to the remote port of Anadyr.

Day 2
Anadyr, Russia

Explore Anadyr, the administrative center of the Chukotka region, before getting to know your fellow voyagers and crew on board the Spirit of Enderby.

Day 3
Anadyrskiy Bay

Weighing anchor early, you are invited to join the expedition staff and crew on the bridge for introductory briefings as you sail toward the Bering Straits, through the Anadyr Estuary famed for its Beluga Whales.

Day 4
Yttygran, Nuneangan and Arakamchrchen Islands

Yttygran Island is home to the monumental ancient aboriginal site known as Whale Bone Alley, where you make a landing. Constructed from immense whale jawbones and skulls to form arches, the site is of international archaeological importance. On the lookout for grey whales, you also cruise by Nuneangan and Arakamchrchen Islands where seabirds nest and walrus can be found.

Day 5
Cape Dezhnev / Uelen Village

The northeasternmost point of the Eurasian continent, it is sometimes possible to see the coast of America from this remote and lonely outpost. It’s a steep scramble up the rocky beach to an abandoned Soviet border guard base and a monument to Semyon Dezhnev, the brave 17th century seafarer who lends the cape his name. You are welcomed by Chukchi villagers whose traditional lifestyle remains largely unchanged by the passing centuries and are treated to a precious collection of sculptures, bone-carvings and artwork.

Day 6
Kolyuchin Island

Inhabited today only by walrus and seabirds, this was once a Polar Bear research station. Near the derelict buildings are some of the most spectacular bird cliffs in the Arctic where puffins, guillemots and gulls can be observed and photographed up close.

Day 7 – 11
Wrangel and Herald Islands

Your itinerary will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, but with a multitude of migrating birds to spot and the commanding presence of Polar Bears and their cubs to hold your attention, your days here will be busy.

This is the essence of expedition cruising and there are many landings you can make to search out wildlife, such as Snowy Owls and Snow Geese, Ivory Gulls, the powerful Musk Ox, and herds of Reindeer. Diverse Arctic landscapes from sweeping tundra to sea cliffs housing rookeries of noisy seabirds underline this area as a Nature Reserve of international significance. This is also a chance to visit historic Dragi Harbor where early explorers endured terrible winters after their steamship was crushed by ice.

Day 12
North Siberian Coast

Bounded by narrow sand ridges with numerous lagoons and inlets, this area offers plenty of places to land and explore a coastline that very few humans have seen and survived to tell the tale. Looking for Walrus you will come across Chukchi villages whose residents scratch out a living in an unforgiving climate, hunting seals and whales just as their ancestors did.

Day 13
Kolyuchin Inlet

So huge that it is visible from satellite photos, this inlet contains vast numbers of waterfowl and migratory waders. Visit the spit of land near the inlet’s mouth and find a wild, desolate landscape that is strangely beautiful; its dunes and tidal areas are home to the mighty Emperor Goose and extremely rare Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Grey Whales frequent the area and you may be fortunate to spot them feeding only a stone’s throw from shore.

Day 14
Bering Strait / Chukotka Coast

Early morning, pass the Diomede Islands, sometimes called Tomorrow Island and Yesterday Isle because they straddle the International Date Line. Here Russia and America are separated by only 2.3 nautical miles of ocean. Remain in Russian territory as you cruise south past the islands. Later this afternoon, make an expedition landing on the Chukotka coast for the last chance to enjoy the wildlife and tundra landscape.

Day 15
At Sea

Relax in the ship’s bar or library as you sail across Anadyrskiy Bay, before bidding farewell to your fellow voyagers and staff over a dinner and expedition recap tonight.

Day 16
Anadyr

Your adventure ends after breakfast with disembarkation back at the port where you will enjoy a complimentary transfer to the airport or to your hotel.

Notes

The above itinerary is a guide only, as the exact program depends on weather and ice conditions and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

You can join this expedition either in Anadyr or in Nome, Alaska. Those starting in Nome will fly by a charter flight and join the ship in Anadyr.

Mandatory Travel Insurance:
As a requirement of participation on any Heritage Expeditions program, all passengers must purchase full medical and emergency evacuation insurance for the specific areas they will be visiting. The minimum coverage requirement is $100,000 for all Heritage Expeditions programs. The policy provider, policy number and contact phone number must be provided prior to departure date. We also strongly recommend that all passengers purchase comprehensive travel insurance which would include coverage for cancellation, trip disruption, baggage and personal property. ExpeditionTrips can assist you with this.

Included:
Cabin accommodations; all meals on board the ship; onboard lectures and access to public areas; shore excursions as described; services of expedition team; pre- and post-cruise transfers.

Not Included:
Airfare to and from your home to the port of departure and port of arrival; private charter flight from Nome to Anadyr to Nome; items of a personal nature such as beverages, laundry, and medical supplies; travel insurance; passport and visa fees; gratuities; landing fees; fuel surcharge may apply.