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Expedition to Wrangel Island
Expedition to Wrangel Island

Sea cruise to Chukotka

Most popular
Expedition to Wrangel Island
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.
Group size
to 140 person
Duration
13 days

Accommodation during the trip

12 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
26 July 2022
  • 26 July 2022
  • 23 August 2022
End date:
7 August 2022
from 10 950 EUR

In the very North of Russia, there are gloomy and deserted Wrangel and Herald Islands, washed by the cold Chukchi sea. Thousands of birds nest among the blackening rocks, and gray whales swim in these waters during migrations. Feel yourself like a real polar explorer, discovering the land of polar bears, walruses and musk oxen.

Most popular
Expedition to Wrangel Island
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.
Group size
to 140 person
Duration
13 days

Accommodation during the trip

12 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
26 July 2022
  • 26 July 2022
  • 23 August 2022
End date:
7 August 2022
from 10 950 EUR

Experiences you'll have

Wrangel and Herald Islands

On this journey, you will discover a real treasure trove of the Arctic. You will see pristine ice and ancestral dens of polar bears, gray whales, wolverines and musk oxen, sheep foxes and arctic foxes. Professional guides will tell you about the history of the discovery of Wrangel Island, the members of the Karlyuk expeditions, the heroine of the island Ada Blackjack, the militarization and recognition of the island as a world-class nature reserve.

 

Highlights of the expedition:

  • visiting Herald island you will see the large bird colonies and count about 400 plants species that have survived here despite the harsh climate since the Pleistocene epoch
  • watch the world's largest population of Pacific walruses
  • reach the Dezhnev Cape, the easternmost point of the continental part of Russia and Eurasia
  • get acquainted with the traditions and life of the Chukchi and Eskimos in Lavrentia village
  • see the Whale Alley – a unique monument of ancient Eskimos culture on Yttygran island
  • swim in the hot springs of Gilmimyl Bay

The cost of the cruise depends on the category of the chosen cabin. See details in the Accommodation section.

First-hand experience: Yulia Grigorieva, the executive director of RussiaDiscovery, has recently participated in this expedition. Find out, what is waiting for you on the cruise to the very edge of Russia, in our blog →

 

Photos by Sergey Dolya.

Itinerary

The journey begins in Anadyr, where you should get to on your own. We are ready to help with the purchase of tickets, if necessary, leave a comment in the application.

 

There is the option to begin the journey in Nome, Alaska. In this case, the trip will start earlier. If this option seems more convenient to you, please contact us – our manager will tell you the details.

 

Here is the general plan of the expedition, the route may vary depending on the weather and ice conditions.

Day 1 Flight from Anadyr to Provideniya village

On this day you will take a charter flight from Anadyr to the Provideniya village. Upon arrival, you will go to the ship your voyage will take place. On the board, you will meet the crew and expedition staff, who will give you a tour of the ship, a safety briefing and show you the cabins.

Day 2 Yttigran Island and Gilmimil Bay

On the island of Yttygran, you will walk along the Whale Alley – construction of two rows of huge bowhead whale bones embedded in the ground near the shore. It is a unique monument of ancient Eskimos culture and an object of international archaeological importance. The region is famous for gray whales, and after disembarking you will go in search of them in agile motorboats.

 

In the afternoon you will disembark at Gilmimil Bay. Here you will swim in the hot springs and take a walk along the coast, during which you can get acquainted with the flora and fauna of the tundra.

Day 3 Puutyn Bay and Dezhnev Cape

In the morning the ship will call at the picturesque Puutyn Bay. You will be taken on motorboats along the shoreline to get acquainted with the wildlife of this secluded place.

 

If the weather is good in the afternoon, you will reach Dezhnev Cape, the easternmost point of Russia and Eurasia. Sometimes, standing on an uninhabited and remote outpost, you can see the coast of Alaska from there.

 

Wandering through the stony beach, you will come to an abandoned border base and the monument to Semyon Dezhnev, the pioneer after whom the cape was named. You can also visit the abandoned Eskimos village Naukan, located in the southern part of the Cape. 

Day 4 Kolyuchin Island

A long time ago there used to be a Russian meteorological station on this small island, but now only birds and walruses inhabit it. Not far from the abandoned buildings stands a rock, clad with birds. Here you will have the opportunity to observe puffins, guillemots and cormorants and take pictures of them at arm's length.

Days 5-9 Wrangel and Herald Islands

The Wrangel and Herald Islands are a national nature reserve of international importance. The goal of these days' expedition will be to make as many landings as possible to observe representatives of local fauna: polar bears, musk oxen, reindeer, and Arctic foxes.

 

Thousands of birds nest on the steep seashores of the islands: white geese, cormorants, black-legged kittiwake and guillemots. You can also see rare snowy owls. One day you will visit Dragi Harbor, where Captain Bartlett's expedition miraculously wintered after his ship Karluk was crushed by the ice.

Day 10 The coast of Northern Siberia

The Koluchin Gulf is so large that can be seen in satellite photos. Many waterfowl and migratory birds come here every year to nest. If you are lucky, you may see an emperor goose or sandpiper.

 

The North Siberian coast with its sandy ridges and picturesque lagoons makes it possible to have several landings and explore the coastline. Vankarem Cape is home to a large rookery of walruses, and gray whales can be seen in the coastal waters.

 

You will also visit Nutepelmen village, where Chukchi people live in a harsh climate, still hunt seals and whales, just like their ancestors.

Day 11 Nameless Bay and Lavrentia village

In the morning, the ship will come to a picturesque bay surrounded by cliffs. You will disembark and walk through the tundra and climb one of the surrounding peaks to capture a stunning panorama of the bay from the air. 

 

Then you will head to Lavrentia Bay. On its southern shore, the Chukchi village of the same name is located. You will have a guided tour in the village, visit the local museum and communicate with the locals, whose traditional occupation is still reindeer herding and sea hunting.

Day 12 Penkegney Bay and Arakamchechen Island

On this day you will explore Penkegnei Bay, located on the western shore of the Senyavin Strait of the Bering Sea. The shores of the bay are surrounded by high and steep mountains. Gray whales often visit here. 

 

In the afternoon, you will take a zodiac boat trip to Arakamchechen Island, located north of Chaplino Cape and separated from the mainland by Senyavin Strait. This island is known for a large rookery of walruses. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner on board, during which you will summarize the results of the expedition.

Day 13 Arrival at the port of Provideniya

On this day the ship will call at the port of Provideniya village. You will say goodbye to the ship's crew and disembark. After that, you will take a charter flight to Anadyr, from where you will go home.

Most popular
Expedition to Wrangel Island
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.
Group size
to 140 person
Duration
13 days

Accommodation during the trip

12 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
26 July 2022
  • 26 July 2022
  • 23 August 2022
End date:
7 August 2022
from 10 950 EUR

Accommodation during the trip

Your voyage will take place on the ice-class expedition vessel Heritage Adventurer. It was built in 1991 in Finland specifically for polar research and has a rich history of expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctic.

 

The ship has a bar, a restaurant, a cozy lounge with a panoramic view, a library with a large collection of thematic literature and a lecture hall. Guests have access to a fitness center, sauna and hammam, jacuzzi, and outdoor pool. The spacious captain's bridge is always open for passengers. Wildlife and sea animals can also be watched from the open decks of the ship.

 

The cost of the cruise depends on the category of the chosen cabin:

  • accommodation in a Main Deck Triple cabin — 11 450 USD
  • accommodation in a Superior Triple cabin — 11 950 USD
  • accommodation in a Superior cabin, deck 4 — 14 475 USD
  • accommodation in a Superior cabin, deck 5 —15 075 USD
  • accommodation in a Main Deck Single cabin — 16 975 USD
  • accommodation in a Superior Single cabin — 17 950 USD
  • accommodation in a Worsley Suite cabin — 20 950 USD
  • accommodation in a Heritage Suite cabin — 28 950 USD

 

The price is per person. Payment is made in rubles at the exchange rate of the Central Bank +2%.

 

Types of cabins:

 

Main Deck Triple – 22.sq.m. cabin with 2 portholes, located on deck 3. There are 2 cabins on the ship. The cabin has two single beds and one upper bunk, a lounge area with a sofa, a desk, an armchair, and a TV. Private bathroom with a shower.

 

Main Deck Single  22 sq.m. cabin with 2 portholes, located on deck 3. There are 12 cabins on the ship. The cabin has one large king-size bed, a lounge area with a sofa, a desk, an armchair, and a TV. Private bathroom with a shower.

 

Superior Triple – 22 sq.m. cabin with large panoramic windows, located on deck 5. There are 2 cabins on the ship. The cabin has two single beds and one upper folding bunk, a lounge area with a sofa, a desk, an armchair, and a TV. Private bathroom with a shower.

 

Superior – 22 sq.m. cabin with large panoramic windows, located on decks 4 and 5. There are 46 cabins on the ship. The cabin has one king-size bed or two single beds, a lounge area with a sofa, a desk, an armchair, and a TV. Private bathroom with a shower.

 

Superior Single – 22 sq.m. cabin with large panoramic windows, located on deck 5. There are 6 cabins on the ship. The cabin has one large king-size bed, a lounge area with a sofa, a desk, an armchair, and a TV. Private bathroom with a shower.

 

Worsley Suite  22 sq.m. cabin with large panoramic windows, located on deck 6. There are 8 cabins on the ship. The cabin has one king-size bed or two single beds, a spacious lounge area with a sofa, a desk, an armchair, and a TV. Private bathroom with a shower.

 

Heritage Suite – the most spacious cabin of 44.sq.m. with large double panoramic windows, located on deck 6. There are 4 cabins on the ship. The cabin has one king-size bed, a spacious living room with a sofa, coffee table and chairs, a big desk, a storage cupboard, a multimedia system, a TV. Large bathroom with double sinks, a bathtub, and a shower.

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The crew of the ship is Russian-speaking, there are both Russian and English speaking guides.

Meals +

The cost of the tour includes a full board: breakfast – buffet, lunch – main course, salad and dessert, dinner – main course, vegetables and dessert. An alcoholic menu is available for lunch and dinner.

 

Cooks can prepare meals according to your diet if you inform them in advance.

What to bring with me +

When choosing clothes and shoes, consider the features of the cruise. The temperature on the Northern route points can drop to 0°C. Sometimes there are no disembarkations, and the boats go along the shore.

 

In order not to distract you from the harsh beauty of northern nature, remember that the coast can be very windy, which increases the temperature effect. On a boat in a small amount of swell, you can not avoid splashing, so your clothes should be waterproof and windproof. The main heat loss goes through the head, hands and feet – give them maximum attention. We recommend you take a camping seat with you. Do not forget about your technique equipment, too: you need a waterproof cover to take pictures in the rain and drizzle.

 

Clothing: warm pants, waterproof pants, thermal underwear, sweater, turtleneck, wool cap with ears covering, balaclava/scarf, warm socks, waterproof windproof jacket with hood. For the farewell evening, you can take dressy clothes (heels not advised).

 

Shoes: boots with a grooved sole will allow you to stand most steadily; rubber boots are necessary, but they can be given on the first day of the cruise for free. If you plan to take your own boots, they should be up to mid-calf or higher with a thick ribbed non-slip sole. In some landings will have to step into the water to a depth of 25 cm. Also, it can be quite slippery on the ice and on the shore. Make sure the boots sit comfortably on a woolen sock, it is important to bring warm insoles. In addition, you need sandals, sneakers, or any other comfortable shoes for the ship and slippers for the shower.

 

Other: a small backpack for drop-offs (preferably waterproof), warm and waterproof gloves, sunglasses, cream (in windy weather, preferably oily nourishing), lipstick, binoculars, earplugs, swimsuit (for bathing and optional swimming in the ocean).

 

You will have two towels (bath towel and hand towel), which are changed three times per cruise along with the linens. You can ask for an extra towel if needed. There is always soap and gel in the cabin and shower.

 

Documents: passport, boarding pass (issued or mailed in advance), plane ticket, copy of insurance.

Prevention of coronavirus infection +

To participate in the cruise, all passengers must present either a certificate of vaccination or a negative PCR test done no earlier than 72 hours before departure.

 

Also, to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection, security measures have been strengthened on board the ship:

  • there are many points where you can use hand sanitizer on the ship
  • every passenger will be provided with a stock of hand sanitizer for personal use
  • all staff onboard are vaccinated and regularly tested and checked for COVID-19 symptoms
  • all areas on the ship are thoroughly cleaned, especially public areas, surfaces with a high degree of touching and areas with high traffic

Booking

Most popular

Expedition to Wrangel Island

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.
Group size
to 140 person
Duration
13 days

Accommodation during the trip

12 nights

Languages

EN
guide
from 10 950 EUR
What's included in the price:
  • accommodation on the ship in a cabin of the chosen category

  • meals (full-board)

  • pre- and post-cruise transfers

  • all excursions and landings as per program

  • lectures, presentations and services of expedition leader and guides

  • information materials sent to the participants before start of the expedition

Extra charge:
  • air tickets to Anadyr and back (starting at 510 USD for a round-trip)

  • charter flight from Nome to Anadyr and back (+2 000 USD per person)

  • port fees (+500 USD)

  • mandatory health insurance with emergency evacuation coverage

  • ground service before and after the cruise (hotel, meals, additional excursions)

  • personal expenses, communication, laundry and bar services onboard

  • visa

  • tips (optionally)

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • accommodation on the ship in a cabin of the chosen category

  • meals (full-board)

  • pre- and post-cruise transfers

  • all excursions and landings as per program

  • lectures, presentations and services of expedition leader and guides

  • information materials sent to the participants before start of the expedition

  • air tickets to Anadyr and back (starting at 510 USD for a round-trip)

  • charter flight from Nome to Anadyr and back (+2 000 USD per person)

  • port fees (+500 USD)

  • mandatory health insurance with emergency evacuation coverage

  • ground service before and after the cruise (hotel, meals, additional excursions)

  • personal expenses, communication, laundry and bar services onboard

  • visa

  • tips (optionally)

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from 10 950 EUR
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