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Chukotka - Where Russia's Day Begins

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Kapitan Khlebnikov
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On this special 15-day Chukotka expedition on the Kapitan Khlebnikov, explore the Chukotka Autonomous Region. This was the last part of Siberia to be ‘conquered' or ‘subdued' by the Cossack invaders from the west. The indigenous people of this region include Chukchi, Inuit, Even, Koryak, Chuvan and Yukaghir; the non-native inhabitants are predominately Russian. Meet the people, listen to their stories, learn of their love for and connection with the land and sea, and celebrate with them at their annual Regatta and Festival. Explore Wrangel Island in search of its polar bears, walrus, and rich Arctic history and at sea keep a look out for whales.
Walrus relaxing on the beach.
  • Celebrate at the annual Beringia Regatta and Festival
  • Travel by Ural truck into the tundra to gain appreciation of this landscape
  • Visit an indigenous village with a reindeer herding culture and economy
  • Soak in Gil’mimyl Hot Springs
  • View the 14th c. archaeological site Whale Bone Alley on Yttygran Island
  • Watch for polar & brown bears, foxes, wolverines and more on Wrangel Island
  • Zodiac cruise along and photograph spectacular bird cliffs
Places Visited
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

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Day 1: Embark in Anadyr

For those departing Nome, Alaska your adventure begins with a flight across the Bering Sea and International Date Line to the remote port of Anadyr.

Arrive in Anadyr, the administrative capital of Chukotka. It is situated on the mouth of the Anadyr River near where the river enters the Anadyr estuary. The town was established in 1889 as a frontier post when it was called Novo-Mariinsk. The name was changed to Anadyr in 1920 when the Bolsheviks took control of the town. It has grown in importance over the years and today is a modern town with a population of about 11,000 people. Depending on your time of arrival you may have the opportunity to explore Anadyr before boarding the vessel. Sail in the late afternoon for Egvekinot and attend mandatory safety briefings and introductions to the ship and staff after you have sailed.

Day 2: Anadyrskiy Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, take the chance for some ‘birding’ and cetacean watching and settling into ship life. Later in the afternoon, cruise to some spectacular bird cliffs in Preobrazheniya Bay.

Day 3: Yttygran | Nuneangan | Arakamchechen Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Yttygran Island is home to the monumental ancient aboriginal site known as Whale Bone Alley. Whalebones stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre. Gray Whales are frequently seen around the Island. Cruise by Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands where seabirds nest and walrus can be found.

Day 4: Cape Dezhnev | Uelen Village

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If the weather permits. visit the land of Cape Dezhnev early this morning. The north-eastern most point of the Eurasian continent, it is sometimes possible to see the coast of America from this remote and lonely outpost. A few nautical miles to the west of Cape Dezhnev we visit Uelen Village, the most northeastern village in Russia. The population is predominantly Chukchi and the village is one of the largest centres for traditional Chukchi and Inuit art in the world. Visit the bone-carving workshop during your visit.

Day 5: Kolyuchin Island

  • Ship
  • 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 6-10: Wrangel and Herald Islands

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
If the weather permits. spend the next few days on Wrangel Island and attempt to include a visit to nearby Herald Island. There are many landings to make in search for wildlife, wild flowers and Arctic landscapes. Polar Bears are on top of the list to look for on this trip. Musk Oxen and reindeer were introduced to the island in 1975 and 1948, though reindeer numbers are low. Also, visit Dragi Harbour where the survivors of the Karluk, which was crushed by ice in 1914, scrambled ashore and lived until they were rescued. Wrangel Island is a Russian Federal Nature Reserve of international significance and importance, particularly as it is a major Polar Bear denning area. Also, each summer thousands of birds migrate here to breed including Snow Geese, Snowy Owls, skuas, Arctic Terns, Ross’s, Sabine and Ivory Gulls.

Day 11: North Siberian Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bounded by narrow sand ridges with numerous lagoons and inlets, this area offers plenty of places to land and explore this extensive coastline. Be on the lookout for whales, walrus and other wildlife. Visit and see the Chukchi villages whose residents survive in an unforgiving climate, hunting seals and whales just as their ancestors did.

Day 12: Kolyuchin Inlet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
So huge that it is visible from satellite photos, this inlet contains vast numbers of waterfowl and migratory waders. Concentrate this visit on the Belaka Spit near the mouth of the inlet. It is a wild, desolate landscape that is strangely beautiful. You can search the dunes and tidal areas for birdlife including Emperor Geese and Spoon-billed Sandpipers. Gray Whales frequent the area and are sometimes spotted feeding only metres offshore.

Day 13: Bering Strait and Chukotka Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, pass through the Diomede Islands, sometimes called Tomorrow Island and Yesterday Isle because they straddle the International Date Line. Here Russia and America are separated by only 2.3 nautical miles of ocean. Remain in Russian territory as you cruise south past the islands. Afterwards, make an expedition landing on the Chukotka coast, our last chance to enjoy the wildlife and tundra landscape.

Day 14: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax as you sail across Anadyrskiy Bay towards Anadyr

Day 15: Anadyr | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast it will be time to say your farewells. A complimentary transfer to the airport for your charter flight or to a central downtown hotel is provided.

Photo Gallery

Zodiac ride out into the arctic. Walrus relaxing on the beach. Two Chukchi Dancers at the Beringia Arctic Games Polar Bears freely roam the Russian Far East Wrangel Island Horned Puffin.



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Cabins have one bunk (one upper and one lower berth) and one additional lower berth, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Cabins feature private bathroom facilities with shower, toilet and washbasin and side-facing windows.
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Cabins include a large lounge area, separate bedroom with double bed and a single bed in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe and drawers. Private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin while large, forward and side-facing windows offer fantastic views.


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.

Group Charter Flight Option:
Optional round-trip group charter flight from Nome, Alaska. For those who opt to depart from Nome, Alaska your adventure begins with a flight across the Bering Sea and the International Date Line, to the remote port of Anadyr, arriving in Anadyr for day 1 of the itinerary. Charter flight rate is $2000 per person.

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
- Private charter flight Nome to Anadyr to Nome ($2,000 per person)
- All items of a personal nature: laundry, drinks, and gratuities
- International/domestic flights
- Visas
- Travel insurance


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