Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
- 13 full days of exploring - 4-5 days on Wrangel Island
- The chance to see polar bears in significant numbers
- Starts and ends in Anadyr, Russia, which is accessible from Nome, Alaska
- Travelling aboard a sturdy former research vessel with just over 50 fellow passengers
- Optional overland traverse of Wrangel by 6-wheel tundra vehicle
Day 1: Nome
For those departing Nome, Alaska your adventure begins with a flight across the Bering Sea and International Date Line to the remote port of Anadyr.
Day 2: 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 Kapitan Khlebnikov. Depart when everybody is on board.
Day 3: 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, a planned Zodiac cruise to some spectacular bird cliffs in Preobrazheniya Bay.
Day 4: 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, you will also cruise by Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands where seabirds nest and walrus can be found.
Day 5: Cape Dezhnev and Uelen Village
Sea conditions permitting, you 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, 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. You'll be entertained by villagers and visit the bone-carving workshop during your visit.
Day 6: 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 7-11: Wrangel and Herald Islands
Ice and weather conditions permitting, spend the next few days on Wrangel Island and the expedition team will also attempt to include a visit to nearby Herald Island. There are many landings that can be made to search out wildlife, wild flowers and Arctic landscapes. Polar Bears will be high on the list of animals to see and with a little patience you 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.
You 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 12: 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. You will be on the lookout for whales, walrus and other wildlife. You will see Chukchi villages whose residents survive in an unforgiving climate, hunting seals and whales just as their ancestors did.
Day 13: Kolyuchin Inlet
So huge that it is visible from satellite photos, this inlet contains vast numbers of waterfowl and migratory waders. The visit is concentrated on the Belaka Spit near the mouth of the inlet. It is a wild, desolate landscape that is strangely beautiful. 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 14: Bering Strait and Chukotka Coast
Early morning you 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. You will remain in Russian territory as you cruise south past the islands. Later this afternoon, make an expedition landing on the Chukotka coast, the last chance to enjoy the wildlife and tundra landscape.
Day 15: At Sea
Relax as you sail across Anadyrskiy Bay towards Anadyr.
Day 16: Anadyr
After breakfast it will be time to say your farewells. There will be a complimentary transfer to the airport or to a central downtown hotel.
NOTE: This itinerary is for guidance only as each voyage will vary depending on ice and weather conditions, and opportunities to see wildlife. Flexibility is key and all part of the adventure of an expeditionary cruise.
About The Ship
- One of our smallest Arctic ships, only 50 guests
- A former Russian research vessel
- KM (Russian) Ice Class rating
- Zodiac landings & excursions
- Rubber boots are provided on loan
This plucky little ship has an outstanding record of safely navigating The Arctic's most remote corners.
Alex Mudd Polar Specialist
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people sharing. Cabin availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific cabin availability.
* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $9000
The charter flights at the beginning and end of the voyage cost an additional $2,000 per person on top of the voyage price.
Local Payment $500 pp
Overland Traverse of Wrangel Island $1,450 pp
Single Supplement & Child Policy
For those travelling solo and want their own cabin, the single supplement in a Twin cabin is 1.7 times the cost of a single berth. However, there is no single supplement for passengers willing to share a cabin.
- Voyage aboard the vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- Accommodation during the voyage on full board basis
- All shore excursions and zodiac activities
- Educational lectures by expert onboard polar guides
- Access to an onboard doctor and basic medical services
- Loan of rubber boots for the voyage's duration
- Comprehensive pre-departure information
- Port taxes and any entry fees to historic landing sites
- Flights to & from points of embarkation/disembarkation
- Any additional services before & after your voyage
- Transfers not specific to the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Optional adventure activities
- Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses
- Airport arrival or departure taxes
- Items of a personal nature: laundry, beverages, etc
- Customary staff gratuity at the end of the voyage
- Additional onboard purchases (i.e. gift shop)