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Polar bear in the Arctic

Exploring Russia's Far East & Wrangel Island

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This fascinating exploration of the remote Siberian coastline promises rich culture and an astounding wealth of wildlife. Meet indigenous artists known for their intricate walrus ivory carvings, take in dramatic bird cliffs teeming with puffins and guillemots, then forge farther north, well above the Arctic Circle to Wrangel Island Reserve. Spend several days in this pristine landscape that’s home to the highest density of ancestral polar bear dens, the world’s largest population of Pacific walrus, and an astonishing variety of plant life. And before this Russian Arctic expedition comes to an end witness one more site few get to see—an ancient, mysterious display of whale bones and skulls erected on Yttygran Island.  
WalrusWhale sighting in Polar waters!Dad and son on a beachA group of puffins sit on the side of a cliff overlooking the ocean.Polar bear in the Arctic
Highlights
  • Observe majestic polar bears at Wrangel Island Reserve
  • See gray whales in their northern feeding grounds in the Chukchi and Bering Seas
  • Watch and photograph iconic wildlife such as Pacific walrus, polar bears, puffins and more
  • Experience meaningful cultural exchanges across Beringia
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Anchorage | Nome | Embark

Fly to Nome via Anchorage. Embark National Geographic Orion in the afternoon and cross the Bering Strait.

Day 2: Provideniya, Russian Federation

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the western limit of the rich transboundary area known as Beringia, Provideniya is often called “The Gateway to the Arctic.” It’s also the administrative center where we will conduct our clearance into Russia. Visit the excellent museum, and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance.

Day 3: Cape Dezhnev | Uelen Village

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Round Cape Dezhnev, the easternmost point of the Eurasian continent and if conditions permit, make a landing and hike to the lighthouse. Then continue to the nearby Chukchi and Yupik village of Uelen, a major artistic center of the region known for its exquisite walrus ivory carving.

Day 4: Kolyuchin Island & Kolyuchin Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the northern Chukotka coast, Kolyuchin Inlet is an enormous tidal estuary that offers excellent hiking and birding opportunities. Nearby on Kolyuchin Island find nesting puffins and guillemots, and occasionally Pacific walruses hauled-out. Explore the area by Zodiac and, conditions permitting, go ashore.

Day 5-8: Wrangel Island

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
This UNESCO World Heritage site has the highest level of biodiversity in the High Arctic. Spend four fascinating days discovering the island’s abundant plant life and searching for polar bears, Pacific walrus, musk oxen, Arctic fox, gray whales, and 100 migratory bird species. You may also spot the bones and tusks of woolly mammoths jutting out from gravelly riverbeds—Wrangel Island was the last refuge for these ancient beasts.

Day 9-10: At Sea | Lorino Village

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Head back south from Wrangel Island and take advantage of the time at sea to attend informative talks, sort your photos, visit the Bridge to learn about navigation, or just relax and let the memories of the previous days soak in. At Lorino, the largest indigenous village in Chukotka, witness a dance performance and learn about traditional fishing, hunting and reindeer herding.

Day 11: Chukotka Coast | Provideniya

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Continuing our journey down the coast of the rugged Russian Far East, we’ll take advantage of the flexibility of our schedule to explore by Zodiac, kayak, and by foot. In Provideniya we'll conduct our clearance formalities before heading east to Nome. 

Day 12: At Sea | Crossing the Bering Strait

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the final day at sea, crossing one of the most iconic bodies of water on the planet. Linger on deck with binoculars in hand—the chances are great to spot whales and rare seabirds.

Day 13: Nome | Disembark | Anchorage | Home

Arrive in Nome this morning, transfer to the airport for flights to Anchorage and onward. 

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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #512-524
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Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #708, 709, 711, 713
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Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft. #710
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Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft. #700-707, 712, 714-717
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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #504-510, 513
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Notes

What's Included:
Aboard ship
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages*
  • Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Orion voyages. Please call for details.
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand 
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
Ashore
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
Activities
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
What's Not Included:
Airfare
  • International and internal airfare
Pre- and post-expedition
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
Aboard ship
  • Spa treatments
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature

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