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Providence Bay
Providence Bay

Expedition to Beringia National Park

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Providence Bay
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
from 5 to 10 person
Duration
11 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
7 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
12 July 2021
  • 12 July 2021
End date:
22 July 2021
3 600 EUR

Beringia National Park is the easternmost nature protected area of Russia. You will explore the most beautiful part of Beringia — the Providence Bay. Reach fascinating fjords and capes by all-terrain vehicle to see monuments of early Eskimo culture. Take a bath in natural hot springs and get encounters with rich wildlife. Meet the indigenous people of Chukotka who have been still living on traditional sea fishing and hunting.

New
Providence Bay
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
from 5 to 10 person
Duration
11 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
7 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
12 July 2021
  • 12 July 2021
End date:
22 July 2021
3 600 EUR

Experiences you'll have

Summer trip to Chukotka

In this trip you will get acquainted with unique flora and fauna of the Beringia National Park. Meetings with the locals will provide insights to the reindeer-breeders and whale hunters’ ancient culture. They still have to adapt their lifestyle to severe conditions of the North.

Laying on the borderline of the two continents and two oceans, the Bering Strait has become a unique migration corridor for many seabirds and animals from different corners of the planet. To watch them, you will take boat trips and rides on all-terrain vehicle across flowering tundra every day.

Highlights of the expedition:

  • acquaintance with the Providence Bay history in the Beringia Heritage Museum
  • encounters with humpback and gray whales, walrus and eared seals in the Rumilet, Penkigney and Abolesheva Bays
  • birdwatching on the Merkinkan Island — the habitat area of tufted and horned puffins
  • climbing one of the Providence Bay mountains: Portovaya (Russian for "Port"), Vihr (Russian for "Whirlwind") or Emma
  • riding on all-terrain vehicles  to the Chaplin Cape — the place where Guygungu early age Eskimo fortress remains have been preserved
  • visits to the Avan and Novoye Chaplino Chukotka settlements and acquaintance with the Chukotka natives’ culture 
  • exploring of the Whale Bones Alley — the early age Eskimo culture monument on the Yttygran Island
  • bathing in the Gilmimyl Bay hot springs

 

Note: the program of this expedition does not include a visit to Cape Dezhnev. If it's important for you to get to the easternmost point Russia and Eurasia, we recommend to choose another journey to Chukotka.

 

The author of the photo on the preview and in the gallery is Maxim Antipin. The gallery also uses photos by Olga Kudrina, Marina Yuldasheva and Igor Bobyr.

Itinerary

The journey begins in Anadyr, where you should get to on your own. Note, that to be in Anadyr by the start of the program, you have to depart from Moscow the day before. We recommend you to get flight 533 of UTair air company. We are ready to help with the purchase of air tickets, if necessary, leave a comment in the application.

 

The itinerary may change due to weather conditions. The decision to go for a boat trip is made by the boat's captain.

Day 1 Arrival to Anadyr

You will be met in the Anadyr airport and taken to a hotel. After a rest and lunch you will have a city tour. Just about 14,000 people inhabit the city, but this is the largest settlement in Chukotka. Also, Anadyr is the easternmost city in Russia. In the evening you will have dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 Flight to Provideniya village

After breakfast you will have transfer to the airport for a flight to Provideniya village located on the coast of the Provideniya Bay.

 

During a tour around the village, you will visit the Beringia Heritage Museum to learn history of the Provideniya Bay. The bay was discovered in 1660 by the Russian expedition headed by Kurbat Ivanov. However, it had been left unnamed for 2 centuries since that, until the British expedition ship "Plover" leaded by Captain Tomas Mur wintered here in 1848—1849. The wintering was successful, and the captain named the bay Provideniya (Russian for "Providence").

 

In the evening you will have dinner and stay at private apartments in the village for overnight.

Day 3 Whale Bone Alley and Gilmimyl Bay

After breakfast you will move to the Rumilet Bay by all-terrain vehicle. From there, you will take a boat trip to the Gilmimyl Bay. Having arrived to the bay, you will be accommodated in a guest house in Senyavino area on the territory of the Beringia National park.
 

During your sea passage, you will have a chance to watch whales, walrus colonies and huge sea bird rookeries. You will have a tour to the Whale Bone Alley on the Yttygran Island — a fascinating place with arches made from bowhead whales’ bones. The site is considered to be a unique monument of ancient Eskimo culture. Your activities today will finish with swimming in hot springs of the Gilmimyl Bay.

Day 4 Bowhead whales and sea birds watching

Today you will have a sea trip to the Penkigney Bay. In the bay you will observe huge bowhead whales that come here to feed. Also you might have encounters with funny eared seals.
 

After that you will move to the Pestsovaya (Russian for "Arctic fox") River delta and have a landing on the Merkinkan Island. Coastal cliffs of the island are favorite habitat area of hundreds of tufted and horned puffins. You will have a chance to make great shots of the sea birds from a close distance. In the evening you will return to the Gilmimyl Bay guest house and have dinner.

Day 5 Rumilet Bay and Abolesheva Bay

After breakfast you will move to the Rumilet Bay. During your sea transfer, you will have an opportunity to meet whales and watch a large eared seals’ rookery in the Abolesheva Bay.
 

You will go ashore at the Rumilet Bay and ride to Provideniya village by all-terrain vehicle. In the evening you will have dinner and stay at private apartments for overnight.

Day 6 Cape Chaplin and early Eskimo fortress

Today you will have an all-tettain vehicle trip through Chukotka tundra to Cape Chaplin. The cape is located on the eastern coast of the Chukotka Peninsula. The place has got its name in honor of a member of the First Kamchatka expedition — midshipman Peter Chaplin.

 

Cape Chaplin is connected with the mainland by two sand bars, forming submerged lowland between them. The lowland is the Nayvak Lake where you will observe migrating birds.

 

Later you will have a tour to the Guygungu early Eskimo fortress ruins. The fortress is placed on the top of a conical mountain in the Itkhat River Valley. This is one of the two fortresses that used to guard Eskimo settlements on the Chaplin Cape.
 

In the evening you will return to Provideniya village and have dinner.

Day 7 Visits to Eskimo settlements

Today you will get acquaintance with life and traditions of the Chukotka indigenous people. You will start from visiting early Eskimo settlement Avan. Dwellings, traditional meat holes to keep a year meat stock, observation points — the remains of the early Eskimo culture have preserved in the settlement.

If the weather is good, you will observe walrus, Steller sea lions and seals. Also, grey whales encounters are possible here; large groups of these animals pass by Avan frequently.

 

Then you will travel to a national Eskimo settlement Novoye Chaplino (Russian for "New Chaplino"). The settlement is located on the northern coast of the Tkachen Bay. In 1958 residents of an old Eskimo settlement Eskim were forcibly moved to Novoye Chaplino. It was part of a soviet project of Chukotka settlements consolidation. If you wish, an ethnic show with traditional dancing and degustation could be organized in Novoye Chaplino. In the evening you will return to Provideniya village and have dinner.

Day 8 Hiking in Provideniya Bay

Today you will climb one of the mountains that surround the Provideniya Bay — Portovaya (Port), Vihr (Whirlwind) or Emma. You will enjoy amazing coastal views from the top. After the climbing you will return to Provideniya village, have dinner and rest.

Day 9 Flight to Anadyr

Today you will leave Provideniya for Anadyr. In the Anadyr airport, you will be met and taken to a hotel.

Day 10 In Anadyr museums

After breakfast you will have a visit to the Chukotka Heritage Museum in Anadyr. The museum is remarkable for rich ethnographic, archeological, mineralogical and paleontological collections, depicting nature, culture and history of the Chukotka Peninsula.  
 

In the evening you are welcome to a farewell dinner, during which you will enjoy a folklore program with a concert of throat singing or a local dance ensemble performance.

Day 11 Departure

After breakfast you will cross Anadyr Bay and visit Gudym military base. There will be picnic lunch on the way.
 

Then you will be taken to the airport for a flight to Moscow departing at 3 pm by local time.

New
Providence Bay
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
from 5 to 10 person
Duration
11 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
7 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
12 July 2021
  • 12 July 2021
End date:
22 July 2021
3 600 EUR

Accommodation during the trip

For the first and two last nights you will stay at "Anadyr" Hotel. You will be accommodated in double/twin room.

 

On day 2 and also days 5-8 you will live in private apartments in Provideniya village. You will be accommodated in twin and triple rooms.
 

From days 3 to 5 you will stay at the guest house in Senyavino area, located on the territory of the Beringia National Park. The two-story wooden cottage can accommodate 8-10 people. The rooms are equipped with bunk beds.

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Common questions

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Who will be my guide +

An experienced guide will meet you at Anadyr Airport and will accompany you throughout the journey.

Meals +

The program includes 3-time meals, including national cuisine and seafood.
 

What kind of transport is used +

For sea trips motorboats will be used. For drives to the Rumilet Bay, Cape Chaplin and Eskimo settlements all-terrain vehicle TRECOL is used.

Required data for border permit +

To participate in tour it is necessary to submit the following information not later than 40 days before start of the tour:

  • copy of passport
  • full name of employing Company and job position
  • address of current residence
  • city of birth (with country indicated)
  • phone number

 

The issue of border permit is included in the tour.

What to bring with me +

Summer-average temperature is about +10-15°С. However, as the tour mostly consists of sea trips, the perceived temperature is going to be around +5°С.
 

You should bring warm clothes:

  • a hooded storm jacket
  • a fleece jacket (for additional heat insulation)
  • a vest with a synthetic or down insulation
  • water- and windproof pants or bib-and-brace overalls
  • warm thermal underwear
  • a few pairs of warm socks
  • trekking boots
  • warm gloves
  • a hat
     

Other:

  • a swimsuit
  • a towel
  • slippers (crocs or something similar) for hot spring swimming
  • a waterproof backpack (to keep your cameras safe from seawater when boating)
  • sunglasses
  • individual medicines
Flight delays due to the weather conditions +

Domestic flights between settlements within the Chukotka Peninsula are carried out on small aircrafts and depend very much on the weather conditions. So, time for flight delays can range from several hours to several days.

 

If the flight is postponed to the next day, you will be offered accommodation in a private apartment in the village of Ugolnye Copi (Russian for "Coal Mines"), located near the airport. Accommodation and meals during these days of flight delays are paid by tourists on the spot.

Booking

New

Providence Bay

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
from 5 to 10 person
Duration
11 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
7 nights

Languages

EN
guide
3 600 EUR
What's included in the price:
  • accommodation as per itinerary

  • three meals per days 

  • flight from Anadyr to Provideniya village and back

  • transfers as per itinerary

  • excursions as per itinerary

  • English-speaking guide's service

  • boat rental

  • entrance tickets to museums

  • borderline zone permits and visiting the national park permits

Extra charge:
In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • accommodation as per itinerary

  • three meals per days 

  • flight from Anadyr to Provideniya village and back

  • transfers as per itinerary

  • excursions as per itinerary

  • English-speaking guide's service

  • boat rental

  • entrance tickets to museums

  • borderline zone permits and visiting the national park permits

12 Jul 2021, Mon — 22 Jul 2021, Thu
3 600 EUR
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