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Wrangel Island : Anchorage Roundtrip

Anchorage Roundtrip - Example 16 Day Cruise aboard Sylvia Earle
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Discover the world’s highest concentration of polar bear dens (home to both parents and cubs), the largest population of Pacific walrus, nesting grounds for 100 migratory bird species including snowy owls, snow geese and long-tailed skuas; and reindeer, musk oxen and arctic fox. Become one of the few people to visit Russia's remote Wrangel Island Nature Reserve on this 16-day Alaska roundtrip expedition aboard the Sylvia Earle. Having escaped glaciation during the last Ice Age, Wrangel Island is a bonsai garden of some 400 plant species and boasts a human history as sparse and dramatic as the land. Explore the Chukotka coast, where beluga, gray and humpback whales feed, and experience traditional Chukchi life before returning to Nome. 
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Highlights
  • Observe majestic polar bears at Wrangel Island Reserve
  • Experience the traditional life of the Yupik and Chukchi people
  • Amaze with iconic wildlife such as Pacific walrus, polar bears, puffins and more
  • Spot a host of migrating birds such as emperor geese & spoon-billed sandpipers
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to your group hotel. Upon check-in, the reception staff provides you with cabin tags. Please fill out the luggage tags clearly, showing your name and cabin number to allow them to deliver your luggage to your cabin. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners at our voyage briefing this evening. 

Day 2: Nome | Embark

Transfer to Anchorage airport, board your charter flight to Nome and embark the Sylvia Earle. After boarding, there’s time to settle into your cabin before the important safety briefings. This evening meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner. In the evening, meet the expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Day 3: Providenyia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Informative briefings prepare you for upcoming landings, and sightings of beluga and grey whales enchant as you cross Bering Strait to Chukotka. In Provideniya, the administrative center, be cleared into Russia and if time allows, visit the museum of history and culture, and perhaps take in a traditional Yupik dance performance.

Day 4: Lorino Village | Cape Dezhnev

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Chukchi villagers warmly welcome you into Lorino with traditional dance, samples of local delicacies and the chance to observe life in this outpost of reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters. Weather and sea permitting, you land at Cape Dezhnev, Eurasia’s easternmost point, to explore the ancient Inuit settlement of Naukan, and the remains of a Soviet-era research center (both now abandoned). Note the massive whale bones, somehow brought up the cliffs for building material.

Day 5: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy informative talks from our team of experts as your Captain navigates an approach to Wrangel Island. Although pack ice can block the way, it varies from year to year. Even if the way is clear, it’s likely you’ll delight in sea ice in the upcoming days.

Day 6-9: Wrangel Island

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Your exploration of Wrangel and Herald Islands depends on ice and weather conditions. Whether searching pack ice for polar bears, ringed seals and walrus, or Zodiac cruising beneath slopes dotted with polar bears (adults and cubs) and walrus haulouts, be joined by local rangers keen to share their knowledge and love of this special place. Follow them across a vast landscape in search of reindeer, musk oxen and arctic fox. Search for fossilized remains of the woolly mammoth, a kaleidoscope of wildflowers and listen to tales of Inuit and Chukchi hunters, the first European explorers and the survivors of the Karluk disaster.

Day 10: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail south, reflect on the wonders you’ve seen as you edit photos, enjoy entertaining talks or treat yourself to a gym workout and massage in the wellness centre.

Day 11: Kolyuchin Island | Kolyuchin Inlet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Weather permitting and with a wary eye for polar bears, you land on Kolyuchin Island, with its abandoned meteorological station and some of the Arctic’s most spectacular bird cliffs, where nesting puffins, guillemots and gulls are easily photographed. The tidal estuary of Kolyuchin Inlet offers wildflowers and a host of birds from yellow-billed loons to endemic emperor geese, as well as remains of dwelling mounds and graves of past inhabitants.

Day 12: At sea | Arakamchechen Islands | Penkigngey Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the late afternoon, arrive at Arakamchechen archipelago, where humpback, grey and bowhead whales are known to feed in the waters. Time permitting this afternoon or tomorrow morning, you may have the chance to quietly approach a walrus haulout, discover sea cliffs on nearby Nuneangan Island - home to guillemots, tufted puffins and crested auklets, or Penkigngey Bay, a long fjord, offers tundra wildflower walks and a scenic dip in hot springs.

Day 13: Ytytygran Island, Provideniya

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On Ytytygran Island, visit Whale Bone Alley, where bones are thickly strewn for half a kilometer along the beach, and ‘meat pits’ attest to a busy Chukchi whaling camp. Still standing, immense bowhead whale jawbones and ribs form a monumental, ceremonial archway, while just offshore grey whales are frequently seen feeding. In Provideniya, bid a fond farewell to Russia and begin the return voyage across the Bering Sea.

Day 14: King Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As we pass through Bering Strait, separating Russia and North America by only 100 kilometers / 60 miles, we hope to see beluga and grey whales. Conditions permitting, land at King Island and explore the eerie, ancient village Ukivok, now abandoned after a tragic run of events. Murres and kittiwakes frequent the surrounding sea cliffs. As you depart, celebrate the voyage end with a farewell dinner.

Day 15: Nome | Anchorage | Disembark

Disembark in Nome, transfer to the airport and board your charter flight to Anchorage, where you spend the night.  

Day 16: Depart Anchorage

Enjoy free time until check-out before continuing your journey.  

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215.27 ft2 - There are two Aurora Stateroom Twin cabins featuring portholes, all with private en-suites. Located on Deck 3, they're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action. May be converted into a Triple Share cabin with additional bed on request.
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Aurora Stateroom Superior
194.82 ft2 - Located on Deck 7, the Staterooms feature french balconies, floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear.
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Balcony Stateroom C
180.83 ft² - 301.38 ft2 - 11 Balcony Stateroom C cabins - most economical, fitted with all the necessities and comfortable for up to 2 people. These cabins are scattered throughout Deck 6.
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Balcony Stateroom B
180.83 ft² - 301.38 ft2 - 17 Balcony Stateroom B Cabins - standard cabin, many fitted with interconnecting features making them great for families or groups. These cabins are located at the fore and aft of Deck 4 and 6.
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Balcony Stateroom A
80.83 ft² - 301.38 ft² - 23 Balcony Stateroom A cabins - premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions on Deck 4 and 6 which provides easy access between Decks via the internal stairs or elevator.
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Balcony Stateroom Superior
284.16 ft2 - 335.83 ft2 - Located on Deck 4 and 6, the Staterooms feature floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.
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Junior Suite
420.76 ft - 4 Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.
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Captain’s Suite
437.01 ft2 - Captain's Suite - the largest of all our rooms, will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite, you'll need to get in early to secure this suite.

Notes

Important note: In the spirit of expedition travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather, sea, pack-ice and other conditions beyond our control.  
Inclusions
  • Transfer from airport to hotel on day 1 & 15 
  • Transfer from hotel to airport on day 2 & 16 
  • Charter flights: Anchorage-Nome-Anchorage  
  • One night’s hotel accommodation in Anchorage including breakfast on day 1 & 15
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service 
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage 
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner 
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages 
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises 
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team 
  • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult) 
  • A 3-in-1 waterproof polar expedition jacket 
  • Complimentary use of muck boots during the voyage 
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information 
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees  
  • Gratuities for ship crew
Exclusions
  • International or domestic flights not mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes 
  • Passport, visa, and vaccination charges 
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges 
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary 
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary 
  • Optional activity surcharges 
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges

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