Anadyr / EmbarkExplore Anadyr, the administrative center of the Chukotka region, before getting to know your fellow voyagers and crew on board the Spirit of Enderby.
Anadyrskiy BayWeighing anchor early, you are invited to join the expedition staff and crew on the bridge for introductory briefings as you sail toward the Bering Strait, through the Anadyr Estuary famed for its beluga whales.
Yttygran, Nuneangan and Arakamchechen IslandsYttygran Island is home to the monumental ancient aboriginal site known as Whale Bone Alley, where the ship makes a landing. Constructed from immense whale jawbones and skulls to form arches, the site is of international archaeological importance. On the lookout for gray whales, cruise by Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands where seabirds nest and walrus can be found.
Cape Dezhnev / Uelen VillageThe northeasternmost point of the Eurasian continent, it is sometimes possible to see the coast of America from this remote and lonely outpost. It’s a steep scramble up the rocky beach to an abandoned Soviet border guard base and a monument to Semyon Dezhnev, the brave 17th century seafarer who lends the cape his name. Experience a warm welcome by Chukchi villagers whose traditional lifestyle remains largely unchanged by the passing centuries, complete with a precious collection of sculptures, bone-carvings and artwork.
Kolyuchin IslandsInhabited today only by walrus and seabirds, this was once a polar bear research station. 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.
Wrangel and Herald IslandsYour itinerary on this portion of the trip varies depending on ice and weather conditions, but with a multitude of migrating birds to spot and the commanding presence of polar bears and their cubs to hold our attention, your days here are sure to be busy. This is the essence of expedition cruising. There are many landings you can make to search out wildlife like snowy owls and snow geese, ivory gulls, the powerful musk ox and herds of reindeer. Diverse Arctic landscapes, from sweeping tundra of wildflowers in summer to sea cliffs housing rookeries of noisy seabirds, underline this area as a Nature Reserve of international significance. This is also a chance to visit historic Dragi Harbor where early explorers endured terrible winters after their steamship was crushed by ice.
North Siberian CoastBounded by narrow sand ridges with numerous lagoons and inlets, this area offers plenty of places to land and explore a coastline that very few humans have seen and survived to tell the tale. Looking for walrus, come across Chukchi villages whose residents scratch out a living in an unforgiving climate, hunting seals and whales just as their ancestors did.
Kolyuchin InletSo huge that it is visible from satellite photos, this inlet contains vast numbers of waterfowl and migratory waders. Visit the spit of land near the inlet’s mouth and find a wild, desolate landscape that is strangely beautiful; its dunes and tidal areas are home to the mighty emperor goose and extremely rare spoon-billed sandpiper. Gray whales frequent the area and you may be fortunate to spot them feeding only a stone’s throw from shore.
Bering Strait & Chukotka CoastEarly morning 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. Remain in Russian territory as you cruise south past the islands. Later this afternoon make an expedition landing on the Chukotka coast, your last chance to enjoy the wildlife and tundra landscape.
At SeaRelax in the ship’s bar or library as you sail across Anadyrskiy Bay, before bidding farewell to your fellow voyagers and staff over a dinner and expedition recap tonight.
Anadyr / DisembarkYour adventure ends after breakfast with disembarkation back at the port where you will enjoy a complimentary transfer to the airport or to your hotel.