This Voyage is an opportunity, in true expeditionary spirit, to explore a remote, little-known corner of the world offering dramatic scenery and fabulous wildlife.
• Explore Moscow with your guide visiting the Kremlin and city cathedrals.
• Wildlife viewings to include walrus, whales and polar bears
• Spend extended time exploring Wrangel Island, a wild and beautiful land known for its high concentration of polar bear den sites, with good chances to see mothers and cubs
• Travel aboard a small 112 passenger, ice-strengthened expedition ship ensuring a very personalised experience and ease of logistics on landings, accompanied by a highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic expeditionary staff
This voyage begins in Chukotka, a remote corner of north-eastern Russia few people have had the privilege to experience. Ideal conditions for exploring are provided by the long hours of daylight and the retreat of the pack ice during their short summer. On shore, you will have the chance to meet some of the indigenous Chukchi Eskimo people who call this harsh region home. You’ll see a great range of wildlife, including walrus and seals, rich birdlife and a variety of whales, all taking advantage of the exceptionally abundant resources this area provides. The culmination of this exciting voyage is a 5-day exploration of Wrangel Island & 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. You will have the chance to land on these remote islands to experience the tundra and its wildlife, accompanied by the local researchers, giving an intimate insight into the island's ecology.
Expedition cruising offers travellers an opportunity to visit regions where few have gone before and to experience wilderness, wildlife and cultures in a genuine and responsible way. Expedition cruise ships are considerably smaller than traditional ‘cruise’ ship and therefore can navigate narrower channels and shallower bays which are otherwise inaccessible from land and to larger ships.
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.
What is Given Back?
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.
The goal is to always cruise and tread lightly. Shore landings are conducted in small groups only. Waste is minimised by strict recycling practices and the products used on board are environmentally friendly. Any non-recyclable waste is brought back to dispose of at approved sites. Fuel consumption and emissions are constantly monitored, and regular servicing and maintenance significantly reduces these elements. Regular cleaning of the vessel hulls also reduces the risk of biofouling
From naturalists to historians, biologists to birders the expedition crew onboard Kapitan Klebnikov are not just guides but also teachers. This expedition vessel is family owned and operated, they are all biologists or adventurers. The guides employed not only offer a world-class and personalised service but inform, enthuse and strive to create future ambassadors for conservation.
Expedition DEPARTURES 2019
|22 July -05 August|
|5 - 19 August |
EXPEDITION DEPARTURES 2020
06 - 20 July
20 July - 03 August
03 - 17 August
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