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Russian Arctic - Chukotka & Wrangel Island

Travel across the top of the world - home to polar bear, walrus and grey whale

16 days

from £8,895pp (excluding flights)

An opportunity, in true expeditionary spirit, to explore a remote, little-known corner of the world offering dramatic scenery and fabulous wildlife. 

  • 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, 50 passenger, ice-strengthened 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 northeastern 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 Island, 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 DEPARTURES 2018

6 August 2018
20 August 2018




IncludesExcludes
  • Voyage on a full board basis
  • International and internal flights
  • All landings and zodiac cruises
  • Services of the expedition staff
  • Comprehensive pre-voyage information
  • Post voyage expedition log
  • Letter of invitation for Russian visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Gratuities

 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 8895 £ 1140
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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Moscow

Day 2

Fly Moscow to Anadyr

Day 3

Anadyr embarkation
Have some time at leisure, before transferring to the ship.

Anadyr is the most easterly town in Russia sitting at the mouth of the Anadyr River.


You will be staying at Spirit of Enderby, Full board

Day 4

Anadyrskiy Bay
Weighing anchor early, have the chance to join the expedition staff and crew on the bridge for an introductory briefing. Sail toward through the Anadyr Estuary, famed for its beluga whales, towards the Bering Strait.


You will be staying at Spirit of Enderby, Full board

Day 5

Yttygran, Nuneangan and Akamchrchen Islands
Visit Yttygran Island, home to an ancient aboriginal site, known as 'Whale Bone Alley'. Featuring arches constructed from immense rib bones, the site is of international archaeological importance. Grey whales are frequently seen around the island.

Continue past the Nuneangan and Akamchrchen Islands, home to walruses and nesting seabirds.


You will be staying at Spirit of Enderby, Full board

Day 6

Cape Dezhnev/ Uelen Village
Arrive at Cape Dezhnev, the north-easternmost point of the Eurasian continent. It is sometimes possible to see the coastline of the USA from this remote and lonely outpost. 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.


You will be staying at Spirit of Enderby, Full board

Day 7

Kolyuchin Island
Stop at Kolyuchin Island, once an important polar research station. Inhabited today by only walruses and seabirds, it features some of the most spectacular bird cliffs in the Arctic. Puffins, guillemots and gulls can all be seen here.


You will be staying at Spirit of Enderby, Full board

Day 8

Wrangel and Herald Islands
Reach Wrangel Island, the northernmost point of the trip. Ice and weather conditions permitting, spend several days here, including a visit to nearby Herald Island. The itinerary is again weather-dependent, but the huge number of migrating birds and the presence of polar bears mean that days here are always busy. The sweeping tundra bursts with wildflowers, whilst the sea cliffs house rookeries of noisy seabirds.

Opportunities for landings abound, including the chance to visit the historic Dragi Harbour. It was here that survivors from the Karluk dragged themselves ashore in 1914, after their ship was crushed by ice.


You will be staying at Spirit of Enderby, Full board

Day 9

You will be staying at Spirit of Enderby, Full board

Day 10

You will be staying at Spirit of Enderby, Full board

Day 11

You will be staying at Spirit of Enderby, Full board

Day 12

North Siberian Coast
Head south towards the northern Siberian coast. Bounded by narrow sand ridges with numerous lagoons and inlets, this area offers plenty of places to land and explore the remote coastline. Search for walruses and stumble across forgotten Chukchi villages. Their residents scratch out a living in an unforgiving climate by hunting seals and whales, just as their ancestors did.


You will be staying at Spirit of Enderby, Full board

Day 13

Kolyuchin Inlet
Enter Kolyuchin Inlet, which is so vast that it is visible on satellite photos. The inlet is home to numerous species of waterfowl, as well as migratory waders, such as the emperor goose and rare yellow-billed loon. Grey whales frequent the area, and there is a chance of spotting them feeding close to the shore.


You will be staying at Spirit of Enderby, Full board

Day 14

Big Diomede Island (Ostrov Ratmanova)
Pass the Diomedes Islands, which straddle the International Date Line. Sometimes called Tomorrow Island and Yesterday Isle, these two rocky outposts are where the USA and Russia are closest; just over four kilometres separates the two countries. Remain in Russian territory and cruise south, before stopping for a final landing on the Chukotka coast.


You will be staying at Spirit of Enderby, Full board

Day 15

At Sea
Relax in the bar or library as the ship ploughs across Anadyrskiy Bay. In the evening, sit down for a farewell dinner.


You will be staying at Spirit of Enderby, Full board

Day 16

Anadyr disembarkation
Disembark and transfer ashore.

Fly Russian Arctic to Moscow

Fly Russian Arctic to London


You will be staying at Spirit of Enderby, Full board

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Spirit of Enderby

Spirit of Enderby

Originally built in 1984, the 71m Spirit of Enderby was fully refurbished as an ice-strengthened vessel in 2004 and now provides comfortable accommodation for just 50 passengers....

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Sue Grimwood, Travel Expert

"It was tremendously helpful to be able to speak to someone who had been to Antarctica before - Sue had been on the ship we had booked, so was able to give us some very useful information. We felt that at every stage of the booking process that we were in safe hands. "

""I was uncharacteristically worried about this trip - neurotic some might say - and I was given 110% support and help with everything. I had been disappointed by not being able to get a space on the 2014 trip and so Sue was stuck with me for 2 years - a testament to her patience and professionalism. I was confident in Sue - she knows Antarctica and speaks from experience, that is worth a huge amount. Emails, which I would send were responded to almost immediately.""

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