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Russia's Ring of Fire

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Spirit of Enderby
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Nowhere is the Pacific Ring of Fire more dramatic than in Russia's Far East. Along one of the world's most active plate boundaries, the Pacific plate subducts under the North American plate, resulting in volcanic and geothermal activity that has built a unique and amazing landscape. Join this 13-day expedition to explore three distinct geographical regions along the Pacific Ring: the Kamchatka Peninsula; the Commander Islands (the western extremity of the Aleutian chain of islands), and; the Kuril Islands. Each has its own story and, in many cases, endemic plants and birds. Go in search of the people, plants, animals, and birds that make this part of the Pacific Ring of Fire so special.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark on Sakhalin Island, Port of Korsakov
Day 2 : Kunashir Island
Day 3 : Iturup Island
Day 4 : Urup Island | Chirpoy Island
Day 5 : Simushir Island | Yankicha Island
Day 6 : Toporkovy Island
Day 7 : Onekotan Island | Atlasova Island
Day 8 : Bukta Russkaya, Kamchatka
Day 9 : Zhupanova River, Kamchatka
Days 10-11 : Commander Islands
Day 12 : At Sea
Day 13 : Disembark in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy

Highlights

  • Explore the Kamchatka Peninsula, Commander Islands, and Kuril Islands
  • See one of the world's richest wildlife areas in species and abundance
  • Discover the cultural and Soviet history of the Ring of Fire
  • Experience unique volcanic landscapes and geothermal activity

Ship

Spirit of Enderby

Places Visited

  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Russia
  • Russian Far East
  • Bukhta Russkaya
  • Chirpoy
  • Commander Islands
  • Ekarma
  • Iturup Island
  • Kamchatka
  • Kunashir Island
  • Kuril Islands
  • Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
  • Sakhalin Island
  • Second Kuril Strait
  • Simushir
  • Zhupnova River

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kamchatka-Stellar Sea Eagle Kamchatka brown bears lumber by in the Russian Far East Hike along the coastal Russian mountains A Ptarmigan pokes its head out of the Arctic wildflowers A Sea Otter swims on his back

Day 1 Embark on Sakhalin Island, Port of Korsakov

This morning board a coach for transfer to the Port of Korsakov some 40 minutes south of the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk where you board the Spirit of Enderby. Once on board you are shown to your cabins and there is a chance to unpack and explore the vessel. There are briefings and introductions to the ship, staff, and crew after you sail.

Day 2 Kunashir Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kunashir is the largest island in the Kuril chain. Plan for a landing in the Kurilsky Reserve where you can explore an extensive area of woodland. Here you find some good walks and birding. Species you could encounter include Latham’s snipe, oriental turtle-dove, oriental cuckoo, Japanese bush-warbler, eastern crowned warbler, Narcissus and brown flycatchers, Siberian stonechat, and long-tailed rosefinch.

Day 3 Iturup Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you land at the small settlement of Kurilsk, from where local buses/trucks take you into the volcanic highlands to thermal hot pools where you can enjoy a soak or go birding. Possible species include Kamchatka leaf-warbler, Japanese robin, Siberian accentor, pine grosbeak and Japanese bush-warbler.

Day 4 Urup Island | Chirpoy Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning explore Urup Island, a chance to stretch your legs on an extended walk, beachcomb, and look for sea otters or birds in the forest behind the beach. This afternoon depending on weather you can either Zodiac cruise or land on Chirpoy Island where there are some dramatic volcanic landscapes and headlands covered in breeding seabirds.

Day 5 Simushir Island | Yankicha Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today your ship enters a flooded caldera at the northern end of Simushir Island where a once top secret Soviet submarine base lies abandoned. In the surrounding area look for the Siberian rubythroat, Eurasian nutcracker, pine grosbeak, and Japanese grey bunting. Your visit to Yankicha Island is likely to be one of the highlights of the voyage as the number of alcids which breed here is incredible, with spectacular concentrations of crested and whiskered auklets.

Day 6 Toporkovy Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning at Toporkovy Island in the shadow of the active Matua Island volcano you can expect to find harlequin ducks, red-faced cormorants, tufted puffins and Brunnich’s guillemots. Ashore you can encounter grey-tailed tattler, Middendorff’s grasshopper warbler and black-faced bunting.

Day 7 Onekotan Island | Atlasova Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning on Onekotan Island you can stretch your legs through an amazing field of wild flowers as you walk to Black Lake. The landing on Atlasova Island is great for birders and non birders alike. There are the remains of a Gulag to explore and numerous species to see. Later today pass through Second Kuril Strait which has one of the highest densities of sea otters in the Kuril Islands.

Day 8 Bukta Russkaya, Kamchatka

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In this deep fjord on the Kamchatka Peninsula, look for the critically endangered Kittlitz’s murrelet as well as long-billed murrelet. Plan for a short excursion at the head of the fjord where there is a chance of seeing brown bears. At the entrance to the fjord where you can Zodiac cruise there are almost always orcas and Steller sea lions.

Day 9 Zhupanova River, Kamchatka

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend several hours in the Zodiacs cruising on the scenic Zhupanova River, where you should get great looks at Steller’s sea eagles, as the birds often perch in the trees adjacent to the river. Other highlights may include Pacific diver, far eastern curlew, glaucous-winged gull, Aleutian tern, and yellow-breasted bunting. There is also a major salmon fishery on the river which you can visit.

Day 10-11 Commander Islands

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
There are two main islands in the Commander group, Bering and Medny, and during your two days you have the opportunity to explore several sites that combine the best of the area's natural and cultural history. There is an excellent chance of finding rock sandpiper, Mongolian plover, pechora pipit, and grey-crowned rosy-finch, as well as the endemic subspecies of arctic fox. Zodiac cruising can be extremely rewarding here with several species of auklets as well as the red-legged kittiwake. The area is also extremely rich in marine mammals. Potential species include sperm, humpback, northern minke, and Baird’s beaked whales, as well as orcas, Steller sea lions, northern fur seals, and sea otters. Plan for a visit to the small settlement of Nikolskoye and the local museum, and if weather permits, Commander Bay, where Vitus Bering was shipwrecked and is buried.

Day 12 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day at sea as you cruise towards the Commander Islands. Enjoy several lectures and briefings as you prepare for the days ahead. It is also a good time to be on deck as the birding is good with fork-tailed storm petrel and red-legged kittiwake amongst the likely sightings.

Day 13 Disembark in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy

During the night the Spirit of Enderby enters Avacha Bay, which is one of the greatest natural harbors in the world. There is a complimentary transfer to the airport or to a central downtown hotel.

Spirit of Enderby

Korsakov

Per person starting at
$7,300
Cabins aboard the Spirit of Enderby
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Main Deck Triple
One cabin located on the Main Deck, with two lower bunk beds, one upper bunk bed, outside porthole, wash basin, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and shared bathrooms on same deck.
Main Deck Cabin
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Main deck
Thirteen cabins located on the Main Deck, with two lower bunk beds, outside porthole, wash basin, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and shared bathrooms on same deck.
Spirit of Enderby's Superior Cabin.
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Superior
Four cabins located on the Middle Deck,with one lower and one upper bunk, side-facing windows, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and private bath facilities.
Spirit of Enderby's Superor Plus Cabin.
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Superior Plus
Eight cabins located on the Upper and Middle Decks,with two lower bunk beds, side-facing windows, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space. and private bath facilities.
Accommodations aboard the Spirit of Enderby
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Mini Suite
Two cabins located on the Upper Deck, with one double bed in separate room, side-facing windows, separate lounge area with a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe with hanging space, and private bath facilities.
Spirit of Enderby's Heritage Suite.
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Heritage Suite
One cabin located on the Upper Deck, with one double bed in separate room, forward- and side-facing windows, separate lounge area with a single pull-out bed, desk and table area, wardrobe with hanging space, and private bath facilities.

Notes

- 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.

Cruise fare includes:
- Pre & Post cruise transfers
- All on board ship accommodation and meals
- All expedition shore excursions, excluding kayaking

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

Included

  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
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