Arctic, Russia

Across the Top of the World

JOIN 'THE URBAN BIRDER' David Lindo IN ANTARCTICA!

JOIN 'THE URBAN BIRDER' David Lindo IN ANTARCTICA!

Across the Top of the World incl. Wrangel Island 15 days aboard Spirit of Enderby

Wrangel Island is a national park and home of not just the polar bear, but also walrus, owls, snow geese and other wildlife. The seas are also rich with gray whales. Choose to explore the island's interior on 3 day/ 2 night exploration by tundra vehicle. Charter flights from Alaska available.

Note. Local landing charges of US$500 cash apply to this itinerary

Highlights

  • Amazing and varied wildlife, including polar bears
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Local history and culture

What's Included

  • Transfers to and from ship for arrival and departure
  • All meals on board ship
  • All excursions shown in itinerary
14 nights 21/08/2017 - 04/09/2017
From Only £9,106pp
Simon Rowland
Simon Rowland
Arctic, Russia Specialist

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ITINERARY

14 Nights   15 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1   Anadyr. Embarkation. Optional charter flight from Nome
  • 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 Northe Siberian Coast
  • Day 12 Kolyuchin Inlet
  • Day 13 Bering Strait & Chukotka Coast
  • Day 14 At Sea  
  • Day 15 Anadyr
1Day

Anadyr

Arrive in Anadyr from Nome or other ports of origin and transfer to the Spirit of Enderby. We will depart when everybody is on board.

2Day

Anadyrskiy Bay

At sea today,looking for birds and whales. Take our first zodiac cruise to some spectacular bird cliffs in Preobrazheniya Bay.

3Day

Yttygran, Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands

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, we will also cruise by Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands where seabirds nest and walrus can be found.

4Day

Cape Dezhnev, Uelen Village

Sea conditions permitting, we will land at Cape Dezhnev early this morning, the north-eastern most point of the Eurasian continent. A few miles to the west of Cape Dezhnev we visit Uelen Village the most north-eastern 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. We’ll be entertained by villagers and visit the bone-carving workshop during our visit.

5Day

Kolyuchin Island

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.

6 - 10Days

Wrangel & Herald Islands

Ice and weather conditions permitting, we will spend the next few days on Wrangel Island and we will also attempt to include a visit to nearby Herald Island. There are many landings that we can make to search out wildlife, wild flowers and Arctic landscapes. Polar Bears will be high on our list of animals to see and with a little patience we should be rewarded with a number of encounters. Introduced species, Musk Oxen and reindeer can also be seen.We also 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.

There is the option of a 3 day/2 night traverse of the island by tundra vehicle, which must be booked in advance

11Day

North Siberian Coast

Bounded by narrow sand ridges with numerous lagoons and inlets, this area offers plenty of places to land and explore this extensive coastline. We will be on the lookout for whales, walrus and other wildldife. We will see Chukchi villages whose residents survive in an unforgiving climate, hunting seals and whales just as their ancestors did.

12Day

Kolyuchin Inlet

This massive inlet contains vast numbers of waterfowl and migratory waders. We concentrate our visit on the Belaka Spit near the mouth of the inlet. It is a wild, desolate and beautiful landscapel. We 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 a short distance offshore.

13Day

Bering Strait & Chukotka Coast

Early morning we will pass 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. We will remain in Russian territory as we cruise south past the islands. Later this afternoon we make a last expedition landing on the Chukotka coast.

14Day

At Sea

Relax as we sail across Anadyrskiy Bay towards Anadyr.

15Day

Anadyr

Arrive and transfer to the airport or to a central hotel.

Spirit of Enderby

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Standing on the North Pole has been an ambition of mine since childhood and now I have done it! Thank you for making the process so easy - seeing polar bears and whales too was a real bonus.
The Sea Spirit expedition was excellent and the team organising it all were extremely good. 10 out of 10. Everything went very smoothly. The Iceland extension worked perfectly, all the organisation, connections etc. were excellent
The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
Thanks so much for enabling me to get to places I had always wanted to see from a very young age. “Ace” as my boys used to say!
Just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you very much for all your help in arranging our recent trip to Svalbard. Everything ran smoothly and the trip was a great success. Unfortunately I had to flew back a few days early and missed out on Isfjord Radio, which the rest of the team said was a brilliant place with amazing food, still the Basecamp Hotel and Nordenskiold Lodge were pretty amazing places, so I’m not complaining!
Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.

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