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Across the Top of the World

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Spirit of Enderby
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This unique 15-day expedition crosses the Arctic Circle and includes the isolated and pristine Wrangel and Herald Islands and a significant section of the wild northeastern Siberian coastline. It is a journey only made possible in recent years by the thawing in the politics of the region and the retreat of summer pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. The very small distance between Russia and the USA along this border area was known as the Ice Curtain, behind which then and now lies one of the last great undiscovered wilderness areas in the world.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Anadyr
Day 2 : Anadyrskiy Bay
Day 3 : Yttygran, Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands
Day 4 : Cape Dezhnev | Uelen Village
Day 5 : Kolyuchin Islands
Days 6-10 : Wrangel and Herald Islands
Day 11 : North Siberian Coast
Day 12 : Kolyuchin Inlet
Day 13 : Bering Strait & Chukotka Coast
Day 14 : At Sea
Day 15 : Disembark in Anadyr


  • Journey through the narrow Bering Strait
  • Observe polar bears, Pacific walrus, musk ox, and more on Wrangel Island
  • Listen to enthralling stories of human history, survival, and culture
  • Visit massive bird cliffs on Herald Island
  • Encounter over 400 plant species and a range of geological formations
  • Learn about the High Arctic via guided walks, Zodiac cruises, & lectures


Spirit of Enderby

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Trip Type

  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

A polar bear family looks out across the Russian Arctic Whalewatching off the Chukotka Peninsula Whalebones sprinkle the Russian Arctic coast A Chukchi child holds a pup These Brunnichs Gullimots have made their home in the Russian Far East

Day 1 Embark in Anadyr

Explore Anadyr, the administrative center of the Chukotka region, before getting to know your fellow voyagers and crew on board the Spirit of Enderby.

Day 2 Anadyrskiy Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Weighing 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. Late this afternoon Zodiac cruise some spectacular bird cliffs in Preobrazheniya Bay

Day 3 Yttygran, Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Yttygran 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.

Day 4 Cape Dezhnev | Uelen Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The northeasternmost 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 northeastern village in Russia. The population is predominantly Chukchi and the village is one of the largest centers for traditional Chukchi and Inuit art in the world. Be entertained by villagers and visit the bone-carving workshop during your visit.

Day 5 Kolyuchin Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Inhabited 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.

Day 6-10 Wrangel and Herald Islands

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Ice and weather conditions permitting, spend the next few days on Wrangel Island and potentially nearby Herald Island. There are many landings that can be made to search out wildlife, wildflowers, and Arctic landscapes. Polar bears are high on the list of animals to see and with a little patience, be rewarded with a number of encounters. Musk oxen and reindeer were introduced to the island, though reindeer numbers are low. 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, and Ross’s, Sabine and ivory gulls.

Day 11 North Siberian Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bounded by narrow sand ridges with numerous lagoons and inlets, this area offers plenty of places to land and explore the extensive coastline. Looking for walrus, whales, and other wildlife, come across Chukchi villages whose residents scratch out a living in an unforgiving climate, hunting seals and whales just as their ancestors did.

Day 12 Kolyuchin Inlet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
So huge that it is visible from satellite photos, this inlet contains vast numbers of waterfowl and migratory waders. Visit the Belaka spit 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.

Day 13 Bering Strait & Chukotka Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early 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.

Day 14 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax 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.

Day 15 Disembark in Anadyr

  • 1 Breakfast
Your adventure ends after breakfast with disembarkation back at the port where you can enjoy a complimentary transfer to the airport or to your hotel.

Spirit of Enderby

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Stateroom on the Spirit of Enderby
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Main Deck Triple
Main Deck, triple accommodations with shared bath facilities.
Main Deck Cabin
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Main deck
Main Deck, two lower berth accommodations with shared bath facilities.
Spirit of Enderby's Superior Cabin.
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Middle Deck, upper and lower berth accommodations, private bath facilities and window
Spirit of Enderby's Superor Plus Cabin.
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Superior Plus
Upper and Middle Decks, two lower berth accommodations with private bath facilities and window
Stateroom on the Spirit of Enderby
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Mini Suite
Upper deck, small bedroom with a 3/4 bed and a single bed in the lounge, private bath facilities and windows
Spirit of Enderby's Heritage Suite.
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Heritage Suite
Upper Deck, large lounge area, separate bedroom with matrimonial bed, private bath facilities and panoramic windows


- Travel Insurance is mandatory for all passengers aboard the Spirit of Enderby.
- Single clients are matched with a sharer of the same sex in a twin-share cabin. Payment of a single supplement guarantees a single cabin. The single supplement is 1.8 times the price of the voyage with the exception of the suites which are double the single rate.

Circumstances may be encountered during your voyage which will make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. These circumstances include poor weather and opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed during the voyage.

Group Charter Flight Option:
Optional group charter flight from Nome, Alaska. For those who opt to depart from Nome, Alaska your adventure begins with a flight across the Bering Sea and the International Date Line, to the remote port of Anadyr, arriving in Anadyr for day 1 of the itinerary. Charter flight rate is $2,000 per person.

Cruise fare includes:
- Pre/Post cruise transfers
- All on board ship accommodations and meals
- All expedition shore excursions

Cruise fare does not include:
- Government landing fees
- All items of a personal nature: laundry, drinks, and gratuities
- International/domestic flights
- Visas
- Travel insurance

Optional High Arctic extension:
Travel to Wrangel Island on August 15, 2016 and remain on the island until the vessel returns on its third "Across the Top of the World" departure, arriving back in Anadyr on September 12. Park Rangers accompany you from the reserve along with an interpreter and chef. There is no fixed itinerary, but you will be expected to help with camp chores and may explore places such as Mammoth River, Goose River, Komsomol, Drum Head, Peak Tundra, the Unknown River, Red Flag, Cape Waring, and the Clark River. Space is limited. Please contact us for further details.


  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners


  • Internal Flights
    • $2,000 Private charter flight roundtrip Nome to Anadyr
    • Flight cost is subject to change
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