Across the Top of the World Cruise

Katya Ovsyanikova
A polar bear family looks out across the Russian Arctic
Katya Ovsyanikova
Whalewatching off the Chukotka Peninsula
Katya Ovsyanikova
Whalebones sprinkle the Russian Arctic coast
A. Charles
A Chukchi child holds a pup
E. Bell
These Brunnichs Gullimots have made their home in the Russian Far East
Top deck of the Spirit of Enderby.
Spirit of Enderby's lounge and bar.
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 1

Anadyr / Embark

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Anadyrskiy Bay

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.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Yttygran, Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cape Dezhnev / Uelen Village

The 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.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kolyuchin Islands

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.

Days 6-10

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wrangel and Herald Islands

Your 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.

Day 11

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

North Siberian Coast

Bounded 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.

Day 12

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kolyuchin Inlet

So 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.

Day 13

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bering Strait & Chukotka Coast

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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At Sea

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

  • Breakfast

Anadyr / Disembark

Your adventure ends after breakfast with disembarkation back at the port where you will enjoy a complimentary transfer to the airport or to your hotel.
- 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.
- Included in the cruise fare is a pre-departure hotel night, group dinner as well as breakfast the next day prior to embarkation.
Not included in cruise fare: Government landing fees

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 black 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 $1,000 per person.

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.
Asia, Russia, Anadyr, Anadyrskiy Bay, Yttygran, Nuneangan, Arakamchechen Islands, Cape Dezhnev, Uelen Village, Kolyuchin Islands, Herald Island, Wrangel Island, Bering Strait
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