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Locals watch the Beringia Baydara Races off the Chukotka peninsula

Beringian Arctic Games: Chukotka Special Expedition

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Some 14,000 years ago, the first people walked from Chukotka (in Russia), across the Beringia Land Bridge to discover North America and beyond. In July of 2014, peoples from the seven Arctic nations return to Chukotka for the first ever Beringian Arctic Games, coming together to celebrate and compete in skin boat races and other competitions in the picturesque village of Novoye Chaplino on the shores of Bukhta Tkachen. You are invited to join them on this special 9-day Beringian Arctic Games Expedition.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Anadyr, Russia / Embark
Day 2 : At Sea and Preobrazhenyia Bay
Days 3-4 : Novoye Chaplino - Beringian Arctic Games
Day 5 : Whale Bone Alley and Gil'mimyl Hot Springs
Day 6 : At Sea
Day 7 : Egvekinot
Day 8 : At Sea
Day 9 : Disembark in Anadyr, Russia


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Locals watch the Beringia Baydara Races off the Chukotka peninsula Whalebones sprinkle the Russian Arctic coast Rookeries line the coast of the Chukotka Peninsula Young women dance in celebration of the Beringia Arctic Games Join a zodiac cruise to get a better look at the rugged coastline

Day 1 Anadyr, Russia / Embark

Arrive in Anadyr, the administrative capital of Chukotka. Transfer to ship and set sail in the late afternoon for Preobrazhenyia Bay.

Day 2 At Sea and Preobrazhenyia Bay

While you sail, take part in ship briefings and attend a lecture series which provides valuable background on the Games and the cultural and natural history of the region you are about to visit. In the early afternoon, arrive at Preobrazhenyia Bay on the Chukotka coast. Find impressive bird cliffs and, if weather permits, take out the Zodiacs for a closer look.

Day 3-4 Novoye Chaplino - Beringian Arctic Games

The village of Novoye Chaplino was built in the relatively sheltered Bukhta Tkachen, and is the perfect venue to host the Beringian Arctic Games. Your vessel anchors here and runs continuous zodiac shuttles to and from the ship, allowing you to enjoy the games and watch the Barida (skin boat) races. Traditional foods and dancing accompany the games. On Saturday evening (Day 3) after an early dinner, visit the nearby town of Provideniya. Local guides show you around the town and describe the atmosphere during Soviet governance. A highlight of the visit is one of the best museum in Chukotka.

Day 5 Whale Bone Alley and Gil'mimyl Hot Springs

Arrive at an anchorage off Yttygran Island after sailing through the night. One of the most significant and intriguing archeological sites can be found here, known affectionately as "Whale Bone Alley," due to the large number of whale bones spread along the beach. In the afternoon, make a landing near the Gil'mimyl Hot Springs. After a soak in the springs, explore the tundra for plants and wildlife. Rejoin the ship in the evening and sail for Egvekinot.

Day 6 At Sea

On-board lectures about Chukotka's people and wildlife continue as the ship sails the open waters. You also have an opportunity to look through the many photos you have taken, to catch up on journaling, or email friends and family about your adventures.

Day 7 Egvekinot

There is more to this small town on the shores of Kresta Bay than first meets the eye. It was built bu Gulag prisoners in 1946 as a port to supply the Iul'tin mining complex 200km inland. The town has an excellent museum. As you are only a few miles south of the Arctic circle, you can travel to the point where the circle crosses the road, and visit a reindeer herding village, Amguema.

Day 8 At Sea

In the morning, plan to join a family of Chukchi reindeer herders to learn first-hand about this unique lifestly that is in fact enjoying a renaissance in the Russian Far East. Meet the people, the reindeer, and participate in some hand-on learning. In the afternoon, return to Anadyr.

Day 9 Disembark in Anadyr, Russia

Wake as the ship enters the Port of Anadyr and, after breakfast, transfer ashore to the airport or stay in town to spend time independently.

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- 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.

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