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Expedition to Wrangel and Herald Islands
Expedition to Wrangel and Herald Islands

Sea cruise to Chukotka

Most popular
Expedition to Wrangel and Herald Islands
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Duration
15 days

Accommodation during the trip

14 nights
Start date
22 July 2019
  • 22 July 2019
  • 5 August 2019
End date:
5 August 2019
854 852 RUB

It is a journey only made possible in recent years by the thawing in the politics of the region and the retreat of summer pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. The very small distance between Russia and the USA along this border area was known as the Ice Curtain, behind which then and now lies one of the last great undiscovered wildernesses areas in the world.

Most popular
Expedition to Wrangel and Herald Islands
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Duration
15 days

Accommodation during the trip

14 nights
Start date
22 July 2019
  • 22 July 2019
  • 5 August 2019
End date:
5 August 2019
854 852 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Journey to Chukotka

This unique expedition crosses the Arctic Circle and includes the isolated and pristine Wrangel and Herald Islands and a significant section of the wild North Eastern Siberian coastline. The voyage journeys through the narrow Bering Strait, which separates Russia from the United States of America, and then travels west along the Chukotka coastline before crossing the De Long Strait to Wrangel Island. There we will spend four to five days under the guidance of local rangers on the nature reserve. Untouched by glaciers during the last ice age, this island is a treasure trove of Arctic biodiversity and is perhaps best known for the multitude of Polar Bears that breed here.

Our expert expedition team will take you on guided walks, Zodiac cruises and provide lectures to help you better understand and appreciate this unique High Arctic landscape.

The island also boasts the world's largest population of Pacific Walruses and lies near major feeding grounds for the Gray Whales that migrate thousands of kilometres north from their breeding grounds in Baja, Mexico. Reindeer, Musk Ox and Snow Geese can normally be seen further inland. A visit to massive bird cliffs on nearby Herald Island is also planned. The ‘mammoth steppe' vegetation complex, a rich and diverse relic from the Pleistocene epoch nurtures over 400 plant species and never fails to astound visitors with its sublime beauty. The number and type of endemic plant species, the diversity within plant communities, the presence of relatively recent mammoth tusks and skulls, a range of terrain types and geological formations in the small geographical space are all visible evidence of Wrangel's rich natural history and its unique evolutionary status within the Arctic.


The cost depends on the type of cabin. Find out more in the "Accommodation" section.

 

Photo by Sergey Dolya

Itinerary

The journey begins in Anadyr, and you have to get there on your own. If you want to travel from Nome, you should buy tickets from 6th to 20th of August.

Day 0 Nome

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

Day 1 Anadyr

All expedition members will arrive in Anadyr; depending on your time of arrival you may have the opportunity to explore Anadyr, before getting to know your fellow voyagers and expedition team on board the Spirit of Enderby. We will depart when everybody is on board.

Day 2 Anadyrskiy Bay

At sea today, there will be some briefings and lectures. It is also a chance for some ‘birding’ cetacean watching and settling into ship life. Late this afternoon we plan to Zodiac cruise some spectacular bird cliffs in Preobrazheniya Bay.

Day 3 Yttygran, Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands

Yttygran Island is home to the monumental ancient aboriginal site known as Whale Bone Alley. Whalebones stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre. Gray Whales are frequently seen around the island. We will also cruise by Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands where seabirds nest and walrus can be found.

Day 4 Cape Dezhnev and Uelen Village

Sea conditions permitting, we will land at Cape Dezhnev early this morning. The north-eastern most point of the Eurasian continent, it is sometimes possible to see the coast of America from this remote and lonely outpost.


A few nautical miles to the west of Cape Dezhnev we visit Uelen Village the most north-eastern village in Russia. The population is predominantly Chukchi and the village is one of the largest centres for traditional Chukchi and Inuit art in the world. We’ll be entertained by villagers and visit the bone-carving workshop during our visit.

Day 5 Kolyuchin Island

This small island was once an important Russian Polar Research Station and one of a number dotted across the Arctic. 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 6 to 10 Wrangel and Herald Islands

Ice and weather conditions permitting, we will spend the next few days on Wrangel Island and we will also attempt to include a visit to nearby Herald Island. There are many landings that we can make to search out wildlife, wild flowers and Arctic landscapes. Polar Bears will be high on our list of animals to see and with a little patience we should be rewarded with a number of encounters.


Musk Oxen and reindeer were introduced to the island in 1975 and 1948 though reindeer numbers are low. We also have a chance to visit Dragi Harbour where the survivors of the Karluk which was crushed by ice in 1914 scrambled ashore and lived until they were rescued.


Wrangel Island is a Russian Federal Nature Reserve of international significance and importance particularly as it is a major Polar Bear denning area. Also each summer thousands of birds migrate here to breed, including Snow Geese, Snowy Owls, skuas, Arctic Terns, Ross’s, Sabine and Ivory Gulls.

Day 11 North Siberian Coast

Bounded by narrow sand ridges with numerous lagoons and inlets, this area offers plenty of places to land and explore this extensive coastline. We will be on the lookout for whales, walrus and other wildlife. We will see Chukchi villages whose residents survive in an unforgiving climate, hunting seals and whales just as their ancestors did.

Day 12 Kolyuchin Inlet

So huge that it is visible from satellite photos, this inlet contains vast numbers of waterfowl and migratory waders. We concentrate our visit on the Belaka Spit near the mouth of the inlet. It is a wild, desolate landscape that is strangely beautiful. We search the dunes and tidal areas for birdlife including Emperor Geese and Spoon-billed Sandpipers. Gray Whales frequent the area and are sometimes spotted feeding only metres offshore.

Day 13 Bering Strait and Chukotka Coast

Early in the morning we will 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. We will remain in Russian territory as we cruise south past the islands. Later this afternoon we make an expedition landing on the Chukotka coast, our last chance to enjoy the wildlife and tundra landscape.

Day 14 At sea

Relax as we sail across Anadyrskiy Bay towards Anadyr.

Day 15 Anadyr

After breakfast it will be time to say our farewells. There will be a complimentary transfer to the airport or to a central downtown hotel.

Most popular
Expedition to Wrangel and Herald Islands
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Duration
15 days

Accommodation during the trip

14 nights
Start date
22 July 2019
  • 22 July 2019
  • 5 August 2019
End date:
5 August 2019
854 852 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

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You will travel with “Kapitan Khlebnikov” icebreaker. The vessel was built for operating in extreme conditions of Arctic and Antarctic. Then, it was refurbished for touristic cruises. There are 51 cabins onboard. In every cabin there is a window, toilet and shower, a table, a wardrobe and a hairdryer. In suites a sitting area is separated from bedroom. There is a TV and DVD-player in cabins of this category. 

 

Onboard there are two restaurants, a bar, a lecture hall, a library, a small souvenir shop, a pool with heated water, a sauna and a gym. Also, there is a hospitaland a doctor’s office. 

 

There is a helicopter on the ship — it is used for reachingcliffs and glaciers that are difficult to access. For going ashore Zodiac boats will be used.

 

Members of the crew are experienced sailors of an ice-creaking fleet. You will be able to visit the Captain’s Bridge for seeing the navigation in extreme conditions. 

 

The cost depends on the type of cabin:

 

Superior Plus — 13 125 USD pp

Mini Suite — 13 650 USD pp

Heritage Suite — 14 500 USD pp

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Booking

Most popular

Expedition to Wrangel and Herald Islands

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Duration
15 days

Accommodation during the trip

14 nights
718 076 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • Pre/Post cruise transfers

  • All on board ship accommodation

  • Meals

  • All expedition shore excursions

Extra charge:
  • International/domestic flights

  • Visa

  • Travel insurance

  • All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities

  • Private charter flight Nome to Anadyr to Nome (2000 USD pp)

  • Overland traverse (1450 USD pp)

  • Local payment (500 USD pp)

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • Pre/Post cruise transfers

  • All on board ship accommodation

  • Meals

  • All expedition shore excursions

  • International/domestic flights

  • Visa

  • Travel insurance

  • All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities

  • Private charter flight Nome to Anadyr to Nome (2000 USD pp)

  • Overland traverse (1450 USD pp)

  • Local payment (500 USD pp)

22 Jul 2019, Mon — 5 Aug 2019, Mon
854 852 RUB
5 Aug 2019, Mon — 19 Aug 2019, Mon
854 852 RUB
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