An amazing voyage to the Russian Far East, visiting many remote communities and encountering some wonderful wildlife including; brown bears, Steller’s Eagle, Steller’s Fur seal, tufted and horned Puffins and many species of whale. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wrangel Island a haven for wildlife, especially Polar Bears.
|Day 1||Anchorage, Nome||Arrive Ancorage, Fly to Nome, embark|
|Day 2||Provideniya, Russian Federation||Explore the “Gateway to the Arctic”|
|Day 3||Cape Dezhnev/Uelen Village||Round the easternmost point of the Eurasion continent|
|Day 4||Kolyuchin Island & Kolyuchin Bay||Puffins, Guillemots, Pacific Walruses|
|Days 5 - 8||Wrangel Island||UNESCO World Heritage Site, a wildlife haven|
|Days 9 & 10||At Sea/Lorino Village||Learn about navigation and relax|
|Day 11||Yttygran Island/Provideniya||Visit Whale bone alley the historical site|
|Days 12 - 13||At Sea/Crossing the Bering Strait/Disembark in Nome||Cross one of the most iconic bodies of water on the planet. Arrive in Nome, transfer for onward flights.|
National Geographic Orion is a modern, elegant ship with an intimate ambiance. She is perfectly suited to luxury Arctic cruising. The window-lined main lounge and library offer spectacular views while the expedition community are gathered each evening for cocktails and a recap of the day’s activities. High atop the vessel, the cosy observation lounge is ideal for taking in the 270º views, or you might choose to brave the outdoor bar (with ambient heaters) on the same deck. The 53 cabins accommodate 102 guests and all are exterior, with most featuring picture windows that connect you with the incredible Arctic landscapes of the Russian Far East.
Arrive in Anchorage and fly to Nome, where you will embark on the National Geographic Orion. Spend the next day at sea, and cross the legendary Bering Strait en route to Provideniya, known as “The Gateway to the Arctic.”
Disembark in Provideniya to visit the local museum and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance. At the western limit of the rich transboundary area known as Beringia, Provideniya is often called “The Gateway to the Arctic.” It’s also the administrative center where you will conduct your clearance into Russia. Visit the excellent museum, and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance.
Round Cape Dezhnev, the easternmost point of the Eurasian continent and if conditions permit, make a landing and hike to the lighthouse. Then continue to the nearby Chukchi and Yupik village of Uelen, a major artistic center of the region known for its exquisite walrus ivory carving.
Located on the northern Chukotka coast, Kolyuchin Inlet is an enormous tidal estuary that offers excellent hiking and birding opportunities. Nearby on Kolyuchin Island find nesting puffins and guillemots, and occasionally Pacific walruses hauled-out. Explore the area by Zodiac and, conditions permitting, go ashore.
This UNESCO World Heritage site has the highest level of biodiversity in the High Arctic. Spend four fascinating days discovering the island’s abundant plant life and searching for polar bears, Pacific walrus, musk oxen, Arctic fox, gray whales, and 100 migratory bird species. You may also spot the bones and tusks of woolly mammoths jutting out from gravelly riverbeds—Wrangel Island was the last refuge for these ancient beasts.
Head back south from Wrangel Island and take advantage of the time at sea to attend informative talks, sort your photos, visit the Bridge to learn about navigation, or just relax and let the memories of the previous days soak in. At Lorino, the largest indigenous village in Chukotka, witness a dance performance and learn about traditional fishing, hunting and reindeer herding.
Originally created around 600 years ago, Yttygran is thought to have been a communal or ceremonial Yupik site. Here, visit the fascinating place known as Whale Bone Alley, a mysterious and haunting boneyard erected alongside a rugged and remote shoreline. In Provideniya clearance formalities will be conducted before heading east to Nome.
Spend the final day at sea, crossing one of the most iconic bodies of water on the planet. Linger on deck with binoculars in hand—the chances are great to spot whales and rare seabirds. Arrive in Nome on your final morning, transfer to the airport for flights to Anchorage and onward.