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Pevek, Chukotka, Siberia, Russian Arctic

Cruise the Russian Arctic

  • TAILOR-MADE

Duration

18 Days

Prices Start from

£11,150 ex. flights

Welcome to the “polar bear maternity ward”. An extraordinary expedition cruise to the polar bear habitat of Wrangel Island and the home of the indigenous Chukchi Eskimo people, this is an adventure-filled trip to a little-visited corner of the world. Focusing on exploring dramatic landscapes and uncovering spectacular wildlife, passengers will have the chance to land on remote islands in the company of expert guides for an intimate insight into the region’s ecology.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow, Russia 1

Discover Moscow

Spend time exploring Moscow with an expert guide, visiting the Kremlin and city cathedrals.

Beluga whale 2

Wildlife of the Arctic

Head out with the goal of finding belugas, walruses, seals and mother and cub polar bears.

Polar Bear, Churchill, Canada 3

Wrangel Island

Spend time exploring Wrangel Island, a wild land known for high concentrations of polar bears.

Kapitan Khlebnikov 4

Expedition Ship

Travel aboard a nimble 112 passenger ice-strengthened expeditionary vessel.

Why we like it

This in-depth exploration of the Russian Arctic is a memorable wildlife-centric sailing voyage that travels to one of the planet’s most isolated places. Travelling aboard a 112-passenger ice-strengthened expedition ship, this voyage begins in remote Chukotka to where few people have had the privilege of venturing. Making the most of long daylight hours and the summertime retreat of pack ice, you will have the chance to meet some of the indigenous Chukchi Eskimo people who have made their homes in this unimaginably harsh region. Unveiling a diverse range of wildlife, from walruses and seals to whales and polar bears, the voyage culminates with a five-day exploration of Wrangel Island and the smaller Herald Islands, both isolated outposts now recognised by biologists as a “polar bear maternity ward” on account of the high number of cubs born here. Expedition cruise ships are considerably smaller than traditional cruising ships, allowing them to navigate the narrower channels and shallower bays that are otherwise inaccessible.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Days 1-2
    Moscow
  • Day 3
    Moscow - Anadyr
  • Day 4
    Anadyr
  • Days 5-18
    Russian Arctic
Northern Shaman, Chukchi People, Husky Dogs, Russian Arctic
Northern Shaman, Chukchi People, Husky Dogs, Russian Arctic

Meet Chukchi Villagers

Visit the village of Uelen, which is renowned for its indigenous artwork and lies a few kilometres to the west of the cape. Meet Chukchi villagers, whose traditional lifestyle remains largely unchanged by the passing centuries, and admire their sculptures, bone-carvings and artwork. Later, head south towards the northern Siberian coast, bounded by narrow sand ridges with numerous lagoons and inlets. Here, search for walruses and stumble across forgotten Chukchi villages, whose residents scratch out a living in an unforgiving climate by hunting seals and whales, just as their ancestors did.

Polar Bears
Polar Bears

Extraordinary Experiences

The very nature of joining a small expedition cruise means you can access remote corners of the planet – unique destinations that cannot be visited by any other means. Until recent years, the Bering Straits were not even possible to navigate. Since the thawing of relations between the USA and Russia, and the retraction of the summer pack ice of the Chukchi Sea, it is now possible to travel behind the Ice Curtain to one of the last great undiscovered wilderness areas in the world. Wrangel Island is also known to having one of the highest concentrations of polar bear dens in the world, hopefully giving passengers the unique opportunity to observe a high number of mothers and cubs.

Kapitan Khlebnikov
Kapitan Khlebnikov

Why Cruise?

The cruise operator supports several worldwide conservation programmes by way of funds, advocacy and logistical support. They are advisors to the Russian government to negotiate and develop sustainable and best practice tourism policies and for their nature reserves. They work closely with National Parks and Federal Reserves, including Beringia National Park and the Wrangel Island Reserve to minimise impact whilst ensuring a high-level experience for passengers.

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Sue let me know that Steppes had been arranging voyages to the Russian Arctic since the 1980’s, and their experience was evident. What a trip!

Destination: Russian Arctic
Travel Expert: Sue

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