• Wrangel Island and Chukotka
• Russian Far East
• 15 days
• Start and finish in Anadyr, Russia
• All meals included from dinner on day 1
• Post-expedition Trip Log
• Activity Level: 1
This is one of the last great journeys in an ever-shrinking world. We are privileged to get to know a land and a people in a way that very few have had as we travel from Nome, Alaska across the Bering Strait to Chukotka in the far eastern Russian Arctic. Here we enter the homeland of the Chukchi and Siberian Yupik Eskimo nations. Long isolated from western civilization, these indigenous people have learned to survive and even thrive in one of the harshest environments on the planet.
When we arrive it will be late summer and the ice encasing the region every winter will have retreated far to the north. The area holds an abundance of wildlife, notably migratory birds, walrus and polar bears. Many of the bird species we will find come here for the express purpose of breeding, taking advantage of the brief summer riot of life, a period of exceptionally abundant resources provided by land and sea. We plan to spend two days at Wrangel Island, well known to biologists as “Polar Bear maternity ward” on account of the number of cubs born here in winter. At this and other isolated outposts in the High Arctic, we will explore the natural and human history of this wild and beautiful land.
Our vessel, the Spirit of Enderby (Professor Khromov) is perfect for expedition travel. The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. It carries just 50 passengers in very comfortable accommodation. She measures 72 meters in length and is fully ice-strengthened.
Seas can be rough when in open water. Zodiac landings, wet and dry required. Very remote.
Yttgran, Nuneangan and Akamchrchen Islands
Cape Dezneva / Uelen Village
Days 6 - 10:
Wrangel and Herald Islands
North Siberian Coast
Big Diomede Island (Ostrov Ratmanova)