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Walrus in the Arctic

Round-trip Expedition in Nome

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Silver Explorer
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Join Silver Explorer to sail from Alaska to Russia and back across the Bering Sea, experiencing all the natural wonders these starkly beautiful places have to offer. Crossing the Bering Sea we will head for Chukotka and Kamchatka to look for the major walrus haul-out in Anastasiya Bay and hike to lakes and waterfalls in Peter Bay. Cruise towards the bird cliffs at Bogoslav Island and will learn about the Koriyak culture of Tymlat. In Yttygran we will see an ancient whalebone alley and at Proliv Senyavina we will hike to relax in some hot springs. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Nome, Alaska | Embark
Days 2-3 : Crossing Date Line | Provideniya
Day 4 : At Sea
Days 5-6 : Meynypilgyno | Anastasia Bay
Day 7 : At Sea
Day 8 : Tymlat
Day 9 : Yuzhnaya Glubokaya | Lavrova Bay
Day 10 : Peter Bay | Bogoslav Island
Day 11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Yttygran Island | Proliv Senyavina
Day 13 : Nome, Alaska | Disembark

Highlights

  • Absorb the culture of the Koriyak people during a visit in Tymlat
  • Look for seals, Northern fur seals, and walrus in Anastasia Bay
  • Treat yourself to a hot spring session after a hike across the Tundra
  • Visit Yttygran to see an array of bowhead whale bones and rock arrangements

Ship

Silver Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Traveler on a glacier tour of Alaska. Walrus in the Arctic Friends hiking during a trip together A humpback whale breaches from Alaskan waters Alaskan totem poles

Day 1 Nome, Alaska | Embark

Nome is located on the edge of the Bering Sea, on the southwest side of the Seward Peninsula. Unlike other towns which are named for explorers, heroes or politicians, Nome was named as a result of a 50 year-old spelling error. In the 1850's an officer on a British ship off the coast of Alaska noted on a manuscript map that a nearby prominent point was not identified. He wrote "? Name" next to the point.

Day 2-3 Crossing Date Line | Provideniya

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Provideniya is a former Soviet military port at the southern limit of the Arctic ice pack. With slightly less than 2000 inhabitants, many of whom are Yupik, it is the largest town and administrative center of the Providensky District. Started as a depot for the Northeast Passage traffic, it now is a port of entry to the Russian Far East and since the decline of the Soviet Union eco-tourism has boosted the local economy. The town has a Technical School and a fascinating museum with interesting and well-presented exhibits about the natural history and wildlife of the region.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 5-6 Meynypilgyno | Anastasia Bay

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
A U-shaped bay on the Bering Sea, Anastasia Bay appears to be carved out of the mountainous cliffs that make up the land that surrounds the tundra-like Koryak Mountains in Kamchatka Krai, Russia. The rare visitor comes to the bay hoping to walruses and seals, and birders search for Slaty-backed Gulls, Pelagic Cormorants, Horned Puffins, Tufted Puffins, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and White Wagtails, White-fronted Geese, Bean Geese and Whooper Swans.

Day 7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 8 Tymlat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Established as a trading post in the mid-19th century, Tymlat is a Koryak village in the Russian Far East. The village is located next to the Tymlat River, which in turn flows into the Bering Sea. Some 500 inhabitants, the majority of Koryak descent, make a living fishing for salmon, navaga (a member of the cod family), and herring. The village is home to the renowned State Koryak folk group “Mengo”.

Day 9 Yuzhnaya Glubokaya | Lavrova Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Yuzhnaya Glubokaya we can see the ruins of a long-abandoned herring plant and abandoned settlement at the head of the inlet. During a tundra walk through the meadows covered in wildflowers one can usually see bears in the distance. Wild mountain sheep, snow sheep, an extremely rare occurrence, have also been seen on top of a distant pinnacle at a dizzying height. Using semi worn paths during the hike, one might have to ford rushing rivers, skirt brushy thickets, and clamber over piles of rocks to enter a vast glacial valley to overlook a glorious lake.

Day 10 Peter Bay | Bogoslav Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Peter Bay is a small inlet at the foot of the Koryak Mountain range well north of the Kamchatka Peninsula. At the entrance of the bay is a Largha seal haul-out site and a small hidden lagoon flanked by the ocean and the bay. The southern end of the bay has several small lakes that are dammed behind a moraine ridge; the remnant of an ancient glacier. The lakes feed a spectacular waterfall. The western and eastern sides of the bay have steep cliffs that seabirds favor for nesting sites. Their busy comings and goings from nest to ocean feeding grounds punctuate this Far Eastern Russian location.

Six nautical miles south of the entrance to Natalii Bay are the spectacular sea cliffs of Bogoslav Island. The small island rises to 424 meters (1,391 feet) above sea level and is a perfect place to spot Pigeon, Brünnich’s, and Common Guillemots, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Harlequin Ducks, Horned Puffins, White Wagtails, Pelagic Cormorants and Slaty-backed Gulls. Walrus can also be seen at a nearby haul-out.

Day 11 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 12 Yttygran Island | Proliv Senyavina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Yttygran offers a unique natural history experience on this voyage. An array of bowhead whale bones and rock arrangements is stunning – it is a place of great archaeological importance combined with natural beauty. An early morning landing will add to the magic and mystery of the place due to the soft hues and the muffled light conditions. For the more energetic passengers a hike up the steep nearby hill provides an excellent leg stretch.

To the Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs. We will go ashore by Zodiac, will enter a small lagoon and hike across tundra and some rolling hills to reach a stream with some hot springs. You can choose to either enter a small pool prepared by the local fishermen, or to go into the stream.

Day 13 Nome, Alaska | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Nome is located on the edge of the Bering Sea, on the southwest side of the Seward Peninsula. Unlike other towns which are named for explorers, heroes or politicians, Nome was named as a result of a 50 year-old spelling error. In the 1850's an officer on a British ship off the coast of Alaska noted on a manuscript map that a nearby prominent point was not identified. He wrote "? Name" next to the point.

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Notes

Please note: Fares are capacity controlled, and subject to change at any time without notice. All prices are in US dollars, cruise-only per person based on double occupancy.

- The supplement for single occupancy in a Vista, Veranda or Midship Veranda Suite ranges from 25% – 100% above the double occupancy fare, depending upon the sailing and suite selected. Single supplement for a Silver or Medallion Suite (Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper), Owner’s, Grand or Royal Suites are 100% above of the double occupancy fare. Suites for single and third guests are capacity controlled.

Please note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation. 

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Included one-night pre-cruise hotel
  • Included transfers (between airport/hotel and ship)
  • Included charter flight to/ from Ushuaia
  • Included luggage handling
  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
Not included in your cruise fare:
  • Airfare
  • Optional hotel accommodation,
  • Transfers and luggage handling,
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Optional shore excursions 
  • Meals ashore
  • Accommodation while ashore
  • Security surcharges 
  • Any item or service of a personal nature such as casino gaming, laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques, childcare services aboard ship, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures.
  • Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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