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Wrangel & Herald Islands: Across the Top of the World

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Kapitan Khlebnikov
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Join Kapitan Khlebnikov on this unique expedition crosses the Arctic Circle and includes the isolated and pristine Wrangel and Herald Islands and a significant section of the wild North Eastern Siberian coastline for a 15-day cruise. The voyage journeys through the narrow Bering Strait, which separates Russia from the United States of America, and then travel west along the Chukotka coastline before crossing the De Long Strait to Wrangel Island. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Anadyr | Embark
Day 2 : Anadyrskiy Bay
Day 3 : Yttygran, Nuneangan | Arakamchechen Islands
Day 4 : Cape Dezhnev | Uelen Village
Day 5 : Kolyuchin Island
Days 6-10 : Wrangel | Herald Islands
Day 11 : North Siberian Coast
Day 12 : Kolyuchin Inlet
Day 13 : Bering Strait | Chukotka Coast
Day 14 : At Sea
Day 15 : Anadyr | Disembark

Highlights

  • Birding and whale watching while sailing along the Anadyrskiy Bay
  • Ride a Zodiac and cruise on spectacular bird cliffs in Preobrazheniya Bay .
  • Search out wildlife, wild flowers and Arctic landscapes in Wrangel Island
  • Look for the dunes and tidal areas for birdlife in Belaka Spit

Ship

Kapitan Khlebnikov

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sail past bird colonies on your Arctic cruise Arctic Polar Bear Whale sighting in Polar waters! Arctic puffins Walking through vast arctic landscapes.

Day 1 Anadyr | Embark

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.

All expedition members will arrive in Anadyr; depending on your time of arrival you may have the opportunity to explore Anadyr, before getting to know your fellow voyagers and expedition team on board Kapitan Khlebnikov. Depart when everybody is on board.

Day 2 Anadyrskiy Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At sea today, there will be some briefings and lectures. There is also a chance for some ‘birding’ and cetacean watching and settling into ship life. Later this afternoon, plan to Zodiac cruise 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 kilometer. Gray Whales are frequently seen around the Island and possible to 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
Sea conditions permitting, land at 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 visit Uelen Village, the most northeastern village in Russia. The population is predominantly Chukchi and the village is one of the largest centers for traditional Chukchi and Inuit art in the world. You’ll be entertained by villagers and 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 | Herald Islands

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
The ship is going to spend the next few days on the shore of Wrangel Island and attempt to visit the nearby Herald Island if the weather is in good condition. There are many landings to search out for wildlife, wildflowers and Arctic landscapes. Polar Bears is on the top of the list of animals to see and with a little patience, be rewarded with a number of encounters. Musk Oxen and reindeer were introduced to the island in 1975 and 1948, though reindeer numbers are low. Have a chance to 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. Lookout for whales, walrus and other wildlife. Visit 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. The visit concentrates on the Belaka Spit near the mouth of the inlet. It is a wild, desolate landscape that is strangely beautiful. Search for 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 meters offshore.

Day 13 Bering Strait | Chukotka Coast

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Pass by 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. Be remain in Russian territory as the ship cruise south past the islands. Later in the afternoon, the expedition lands on the Chukotka coast, the last chance to enjoy the wildlife and tundra landscape.

Day 14 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax as the ship sails across Anadyrskiy Bay towards Anadyr.

Day 15 Anadyr | Disembark

After breakfast is the time to say the farewells. There is a complimentary transfer to the airport or to a central downtown hotel. 

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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.

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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