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Outline itinerary

Day 1Anadyr
Day 2Anadyrskiy Bay
Day 3Yttygran, Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands
Day 4Cape Dezhnev and Uelen Village
Day 5Kolyuchin Island
Day 6Wrangel and Herald Islands
Day 7Wrangel and Herald Islands
Day 8Wrangel and Herald Islands
Day 9Wrangel and Herald Islands
Day 10Wrangel and Herald Islands
Day 11North Siberian Coast
Day 12Kolyuchin Inlet
Day 13Bering Strait and Chukotka Coast
Day 14At Sea
Day 15Anadyr

Included

All accommodation on board of the Spirit of Enderby, all excursions on land and with zodiacs (please note the additional charge of landing fees USD 500,-), meals including coffee, thee and snacks. Airport transfers

Not included

International flights to Anadyr and back, departure tax, landing fees (USD 500,-), visa, drinks, tips and personal expenses

Extra

Note: prices are based on a exchange rate of EUR 1.- = USD 1.18

Price

Main deck double shared
EUR 8850,-

Superior
EUR 9700,-

Superior Plus
EUR 10550,-

Mini Suite
EUR 10960,-

Heritage Suite
EUR 11650,-

Tour leader

Engelstalige expeditieleider

English speaking expedition leader

Number of participants

Minimum 1, no maximum if spaces available

Accommodation

Different cabin types are available ranging from cabins with shared facilities or a superior suite

Difficulty level of the tour

An average condition is mandatory for entering and exiting the zodiacs. On land we have moderate hikes

Climate

Please prepare for different circumstances. Adequate wind and waterproof clothing is mandatory

Bering Sea and Wrangel Island

Itinerary Across the Top of the World
Duration:15 days
Departure:06-08-2018
Price: from EUR 8850,-
Tour leader:Engelstalige expeditieleider
Code: C1840

On this particular expedition to Wrangel Island we remember the tragedy of the vessel ‘Karluk' of the Canadian Arctic Expedition 1913-16, crushed by ice near Wrangel Island in January 1914 with the loss of 11 lives. We also celebrate the heroic feats of Capt. Barlett and his Inuit companion who trekked across the De Long Strait and Siberia to finally reach Nome in Alaska to get help. We are joined on this expedition by Jennifer Niven, author of the award winning book ‘The IceMaster' that tells the story of the Karluk disaster in detail. 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. We hope to catch many glimpses of this beautiful animal. The island also boasts the world's largest population of Pacific Walrus 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 human history of Wrangel Island is fascinating on its own. On this expedition we focus on the tragedy of the ‘Karluk' but other highlights include a 3,400 year old Palo Eskimo camp in Krassin Bay, controversy over discovery and ownership of the island, Ada Blackjack the heroine of the island, the Soviet occupation and militarisation and more recently, the establishment of this world class nature reserve.

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.

Days 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 wildldife. 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 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. 

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