Welcome to Anadyr, the administrative centre of Chukotka and the easternmost town of Russia. Board our expedition vessel and get acquainted with the guests and crew.
Day 2:Anadyrsky Bay
At sea today, we’ll have a chance for some bird and cetacean watching as we settle into ship life. An afternoon Zodiac boat cruise is planned to some spectacular bird cliffs in Preobrazheniya Bay.
Day 3:Yttygran, Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands
Today we round the Yttygran, Nuneangan and the Arakamchechen Islands, looking out for grey whales and walruses. Stopping at Yttygran, we explore the monumental ancient aboriginal site known as Whale Bone Alley.
Day 4:Cape Dezhnev and Uelen village
Conditions permitting, we land at Cape Dezhnev, the north eastern most point of the Eurasian continent. Here we visit Uelen village to learn about the lifestyles of the indigenous Chukchi people.
Day 5:Kolyuchin Island
Visit Kolyuchin Island, once an important Russian Polar Research Station. Near the derelict buildings are magnificent bird cliffs where puffins, guillemots and gulls can be photographed up close.
Day 6-10:Wrangel and Herald Islands
Depending on ice and weather, we’ll have up to 5 days exploring Wrangel and nearby Herald Island on foot and via the Zodiac tenders. Polar bears will be high on our list of animals to observe, and we may also be rewarded with sightings of walruses, musk oxen, reindeers and Arctic foxes.
Day 11:North Siberian Coast
Tracing the north Siberian coast, we’ll stay on the alert for whales, walruses and other wildlife. See Chukchi villages whose residents survive the unforgiving climate, hunting marine mammals as their ancestors did.
Day 12:Kolyuchin Inlet
Stop near the mouth of the massive Kolyuchin Inlet to visit the wild, rugged Belaka Spit. Search the dunes and tidal areas for birdlife and look out for feeding grey whales sometimes spotted only metres off shore.
Day 13:Bering Strait and Chukotka Coast
By early morning we will pass the Diomede Islands. Here Russia and America are separated by only 2.3 nautical miles of ocean. Later this afternoon we make an expedition landing on the Chukotka coast, our last chance to enjoy the wildlife and tundra landscape.
Day 14:Anadyrsky Bay
Relax and enjoy onboard activities and natural history lectures as we sail across the Anadyrsky Bay towards Anadyr.
Our incredible journey complete, we dock at the port of Anadyr. After a farewell breakfast, transfer to the airport or your hotel in town
Accommodation onboard of a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel
3 daily meals onboard
Airport arrival and departure transfers
All expeditions and shore excursions with professional leaders
Activities and sights
- wildlife watching: polar bears, yaks, reindeer, foxes; different kinds of birds, including Snow Geese, Snowy Owls, skuas, Arctic Terns, Ross’s, Sabine and Ivory Gulls; and marine wildlife: walruses, sea lions, otters etc
- cultural immersion, visiting native people in Uelen Village
- guided shore excursions and zodiac boat tours
- onboard lectures
Russian visa support documents
*Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for comprehensive visa service here.
Flights, travel insurance, visa, optional excursions, individual transfers, tips
Additions and extensions:
- Overland Traverse exclusive extension (US $1,450 pp)
- Local payment (US $500pp)