NOME TO NOME

 


13 DAYS

The beauty of a pod of whales and hospitality of a welcoming dance are never to be forgotten. The widest of all the Arctic Ocean shelf seas, the Bering is a rare chance to witness nature in all her raiments. Beautiful tundra walks in almost infinite daylight, cultural demonstrations, and exceptional birding will make this voyage a life changing experience.

ITINERARY SUMMARY
DayPlaceHighlights
Day 1Nome, AlaskaArrive in Nome- embark on the Silver Explorer
Day 2Date lineLose a day
Day 3ProvideniyaExplore the town of Provideniya
Day 4At SeaWatch out for whales and sea birds
Day 5Meynypilgyno, RussiaExplore this remote settlement
Day 6Anastasyia Bay, RussiaWhooper swans, walruses, horned and tufted puffins
Day 7At SeaWatch out for whales and sea birds
Day 8Tymlat (Kamchatka), RussiaSmall Koryak village
Day 9Yuzhnaya Glubokaya & Labrova Bay, RussiaRuins of abandoned herring plant & settlement. Hike beautiful landscapes
Day 10Peter Bay & Bogoslav Island, RussiaSmall inlet at the foot of the Koryak Mountain range and island with large number of sea bird inhabitants
Day 11At SeaKeep watch for seabirds and whales
Day 12Yttygran Island & Proliv Senyavina, RussiaSee an array of bowhead whale bones and visit the famous hotsprings
Day 13Nome, AlaskaDate line gain a day and arrive into Nome to disembark from the Silver Explorer

Ship Offering This Itinerary

Silver Explorer

The Silver Explorer was built in Finland in 1989 and was designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations including Iceland, Greenland and Spitsbergen (Svalbard). The vessel was acquired by Silversea in late 2007 when it was fully refurbished and relaunched in 2008 as an elegant luxury expedition cruise ship. Its ice-strengthened hull enables the ship to safely push through ice floes with ease, while a fleet of Zodiac boats allows guests to visit even the most incredible locations accompanied by the expert Expedition Team.

Accommodation aboard comprises 66 spacious suites located across 4 decks, all with ocean views and some with private balconies. Passengers will also find an excellent range of facilities aboard including two lounges, restaurant, presentation theatre, library/Internet, spa, fitness centre, two jacuzzis, and outdoor viewing areas.

 

 

Day 1 Nome, Alaska

Overview:

Nome is located on the edge of the Bering Sea, on the southwest side of the Seward Peninsula. Unlike other towns which are named for explorers, heroes or politicians, Nome was named as a result of a 50 year-old spelling error. In the 1850’s an officer on a British ship off the coast of Alaska noted on a manuscript map that a nearby prominent point was not identified. He wrote “? Name” next to the point. It is from here that in the afternoon you will be boarding the Silver Explorer.

Day 2 Date line lose a Day

Day 3 Provideniya, Russia

Provideniya is a former Soviet military port at the southern limit of the Arctic ice pack. With slightly less than 2000 inhabitants, many of whom are Yupik, it is the largest town and administrative center of the Providensky District. Started as a depot for the Northeast Passage traffic, it now is a port of entry to the Russian Far East and since the decline of the Soviet Union eco-tourism has boosted the local economy. The town has a Technical School and a fascinating museum with interesting and well-presented exhibits about the natural history and wildlife of the region.

Day 4 Day At Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply relax, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 5 Meynypilgyno (Chukotka), Russia

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The small village of Meynypilgyno is a rural settlement on the shore of the Bering Sea. A visit here will show you just how remote life in the Russian Far East can be. With 500 residents as of 2011, this village in the Chukotka region was founded by Pavel Pavlovich Nypavyi and is honoured with a street named after him. It is here that the revival of marine mammal hunting began and it is traditionally celebrated each year.

Day 6 Anastasiya Bay

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A U-shaped bay on the Bering Sea, Anastasia Bay appears to be carved out of the mountainous cliffs that make up the land that surrounds the tundra-like Koryak Mountains in Kamchatka Krai, Russia. The rare visitor comes to the bay hoping to walruses and seals, and birders search for Slaty-backed Gulls, Pelagic Cormorants, Horned Puffins, Tufted Puffins, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and White Wagtails, White-fronted Geese, Bean Geese and Whooper Swans. The land begs for a nature walk amidst its conical peaks and jagged cliffs, separated by valleys with lakes, waterfalls and tumbling streams and glimpses of arctic voles and ground squirrels.

Day 7 Day At Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply relax, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 8 Tymlat (Kamchatka), Alaska

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Image Credit: Richard Sidey

Established as a trading post in the mid-19th century, Tymlat is a Koryak village in the Russian Far East. The village is located next to the Tymlat River, which in turn flows into the Bering Sea. Some 500 inhabitants, the majority of Koryak descent, make a living fishing for salmon, navaga (a member of the cod family), and herring. The village is home to the renowned State Koryak folk group “Mengo”.

Day 9 Yuzhnaya Glubokaya & Lavrova Bay, Russia

In Yuzhnaya Glubokaya you can see the ruins of a long-abandoned herring plant and abandoned settlement at the head of the inlet. During a tundra walk through the meadows covered in wildflowers one can usually see bears in the distance. Wild mountain sheep, snow sheep, an extremely rare occurrence, have also been seen on top of a distant pinnacle at a dizzying height. Using semi worn paths during the hike, one might have to ford rushing rivers, skirt brushy thickets, and clamber over piles of rocks to enter a vast glacial valley to overlook a glorious lake. The area offers a scene of wild magnificence.

Day 10 Peter Bay & Bogoslaf Island, Russia

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Peter Bay is a small inlet at the foot of the Koryak Mountain range well north of the Kamchatka Peninsula. At the entrance of the bay is a Largha seal haul-out site and a small hidden lagoon flanked by the ocean and the bay. The southern end of the bay has several small lakes that are dammed behind a moraine ridge; the remnant of an ancient glacier. The lakes feed a spectacular waterfall. The western and eastern sides of the bay have steep cliffs that seabirds favor for nesting sites. Their busy comings and goings from nest to ocean feeding grounds punctuate this Far Eastern Russian location.

Six nautical miles south of the entrance to Natalii Bay are the spectacular sea cliffs of Bogoslav Island. The small island rises to 424 meters (1,391 feet) above sea level and is a perfect place to spot Pigeon, Brünnich’s, and Common Guillemots, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Harlequin Ducks, Horned Puffins, White Wagtails, Pelagic Cormorants and Slaty-backed Gulls. Walrus can also be seen at a nearby haul-out.

Day 11 At Sea

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Whale and bird watching from the Observatory Lounge.

Day 12  Yttygran Island & Proliv Senyavina, Russia

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Image Credit: Adrian Wlodarczyk

Yttygran offers a unique natural history experience on this voyage. The array of bowhead whale bones and rock arrangements is stunning – it is a place of great archaeological importance combined with natural beauty. For the more energetic passengers a hike up the steep nearby hill provides an excellent leg stretch.

Silversea Credit Adrian Wlodarczyk Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs

Image Credit: Adrian Wlodarczyk

Go ashore by Zodiac to the Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs where you will enter via a small lagoon and hike across tundra and some rolling hills to reach a stream with some hot springs. You can choose to either enter a small pool prepared by the local fishermen, or to go into the stream.

Day 13 Date Line – Gain a Day

Day 13 Nome, Alaska

Nome is located on the edge of the Bering Sea, on the southwest side of the Seward Peninsula. Unlike other towns which are named for explorers, heroes or politicians, Nome was named as a result of a 50 year-old spelling error. In the 1850’s an officer on a British ship off the coast of Alaska noted on a manuscript map that a nearby prominent point was not identified. He wrote “? Name” next to the point. Fly from Nome to Anchorage and catch your flight home.

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