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Chukotka: Where Russia's Day Begins

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The Chukotka region is one of 83 regions which make up the Russian Federation. It is rich in natural resources and wildlife is abundant. North of Chukotka where the Chukchi Sea meets the Arctic Ocean lies the nature reserve and World Heritage site, Wrangel Island, which has outstanding wildlife values. Sometimes referred to as a Polar Bear Maternity Ward, because of the high density of denning Polar Bears, it is one of those islands that never disappointments those who are keen on natural history or enthusiasts of Arctic history. On this special Chukotka expedition meet the people of the region, celebrate with them at their annual Regatta and Festival, encounter Arctic wildlife, and learn about rich Arctic history.
Highlights
  • Attend the Beringia Regatta & Festival, with whaleboat & Baidara races
  • Explore the tundra on Wrangel Island with local park rangers
  • Search for polar bears, ringed seals, walrus, and other Arctic wildlife
  • Journey through the narrow Bering Strait
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Nome, Alaska | Embark

Make your way to the designated meeting point for your transfer to Heritage Adventurer (times and meeting point will be confirmed with your voyage documents) where the captain and expedition team will be waiting to welcome you aboard. Familiarise yourself on board before joining your fellow expeditioners on deck as we set sail across the Bering Strait and International Date Line for Provideniya, Russia.

Day 2: Provideniya, Russia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After clearing Russian Customs and Immigration there may be an opportunity to explore this fascinating former Soviet military port and administrative centre followed by an afternoon expedition.

Day 3: Presbrazhenya Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We aim to be cruising along the south coast of Chukotka today and plan to stop at Presbrazhenya Bay. If sea conditions permit, this is an excellent opportunity to Zodiac cruise some spectacular bird cliffs. Spend some time exploring the rich tundra landscape for wildlife and interesting flora.

Day 4: Whale Bone Alley and Gil’mimyl Hot Springs

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Our first landing of the day we expect to be at one of the most significant and intriguing archaeological sites in the Arctic – Yttygran Island’s Whale Bone Alley. In the afternoon we intend to make a landing at the Gil’mimyl Hot Springs. They are a short walk from the coastline, but well worth the effort. There will be a chance to explore the tundra for birds, plants and animals as we walk to and fro. 

Day 5: Lavrentiya and Cape Dezhnev

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dropping anchor in beautiful Lavrentiya Bay, we expect to spend the morning exploring the historically and culturally rich village of Lavrentiya. Visit the museum, meet local elders and enjoy an authentic taste and slice of village life in the main square. This afternoon we will be at Cape Dezhnev, the north-eastern most point of the Eurasian continent.  If the weather and sea conditions are suitable we plan to land here and give you the opportunity to explore the area. A short distance south of the cape is the former Inuit settlement of Naukan. 

Day 6: Kolyuchin Island and Kolyuchin Inlet

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This small island was once an important Russian Polar Research Station and one of a number dotted across the Arctic. 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.

Day 7: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take the opportunity to spend time up in the bridge or out on deck looking for the first Polar Bears of our voyage with our expert expedition team as we cruise along the sea ice.

Day 8-10: Wrangel Island

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Ice and weather conditions permitting, we plan to spend this time exploring Wrangel Island. Known as the world’s Polar Bear denning capital due to the large numbers of cubs born here, Polar Bears will be high on our list. The island is also the last landfall for migratory species flying north and each summer thousands of birds migrate here to breed including Snow Geese, Snowy Owls, skuas and Arctic Terns. Other animals we will be looking for include Musk Oxen, Ringed and Bearded Seals, Arctic Fox and lemming.

Day 11: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We will be steaming south from Wrangel Island and, again, sea and ice conditions will dictate our course and speed. We suggest expeditioners will be richly rewarded by being on deck, because if we are in ice there could be Polar Bears, walrus, and Ringed and Bearded Seals to be seen. As we make our way closer to the Chukotka coast we will keep an eye out for Humpback and Gray Whales, which are frequently seen.

Day 12: Bukhta Pultin and Unnamed Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, enjoy a Zodiac safari of Bukhta Pultin. Nearby, picturesque Unnamed Bay is our planned destination for this afternoon where we will Zodiac cruise to shore. Welcomed by an expansive stretch of beach, backed by a lagoon and surrounded by rugged hills, there’s much to discover. Enjoy a walk along the beach and tundra looking for wildlife, or scale one of the nearby peaks and take in the stunning vistas.

Day 13: Bukhta Penkingney and Arakamchechen Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we will be launching our Zodiacs with a landing planned at Bukhta Penkingney, a long fiord cut into the coastline by glaciers and a popular spot for whale watching. Here a small braided river, its gravel bed studded with Willow bushes, winds its way down to the sea where we land. Exploring this scenic location we will be looking for Arctic Ground Squirrels and Pikas, Willow Ptarmigan, Sandhill Cranes and brown bears attracted by the berries and salmon-filled river. This afternoon we plan to cruise over to Arakamchechen Island just north of Cape Chaplino and separated from the Chukotka mainland by the 8-kilometre wide Senyavina Strait. Having watched Gray Whales feeding here previously, we recommend being out on deck as we slowly cruise through the strait. On Arakamchechen Island we will explore the lush tundra.

Day 14: Provideniya

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After clearing Russian Customs and Immigration in Provideniya we will set sail for Nome across the Bering Strait. One of the world’s most nutrient-rich stretches of water, each spring the Bering Strait is the scene of one of the planet’s largest wildlife migrations. Beluga, Bowhead and Gray Whales, walrus, Ringed Seals and numerous seabirds are all known to frequent the strait so there is plenty of opportunity for wildlife encounters. 

Day 15: Nome, Alaska | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast and clearing US Immigration and Customs formalities it will be time to say our farewells. There will be a complimentary transfer to take you to the airport or a designated central location. 

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Located on Deck 6, Heritage Suites are an expansive 44m2 and feature large double panoramic windows, king bed, large living area with a sofa, coffee table, and chairs, and grand marble bathroom with a double basin, bathtub, and shower, large writing desk, floor to ceiling cabinetry for storage and a flat-screen entertainment system.

Notes

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.

Cruise fare includes:
- Pre & Post cruise transfers
- All on board ship accommodations and meals
- All expedition shore excursions

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

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