Chukotka – Where Russia’s Day Begins: Spirit of Enderby
Duration: 15 day Russian Far East
On this special Chukotka expedition, we will meet the people; see and listen to their stories and learn of their love for and strong connection with the land and sea. We'll celebrate with them at their annual Regatta & Festival before cruising to Wrangel Island
Search for walruses, ringed seals and polar bears on Wrangel Island
Arrive in Novo Chaplino in time for the Annual Beringia Regatta and Festival!
Itinerary in Brief
Day 0: Nome
Day 1: Anadyr
Day 2: Anadyrskiy Bay
Day 3: Yttygran, Nuneangan and Arakamchechen Islands
Day 4: Cape Dezhnev and Uelen Village
Day 5: Kolyuchin Island
Day 6 to 10: Wrangel and Herald Islands
Day 11: North Siberian Coast
Day 12: Kolyuchin Inlet
Day 13: Bering Strait and Chukotka Coast
Day 14: At Sea
Day 15: Anadyr
Day 0: Nome
For those departing from Nome, Alaska, your adventure begins with a flight across the Bering Sea and International Date Line, to the remote port of Anadyr.
Day 1: Anadyr
All expedition members will arrive in Anadyr, the administrative capital of Chukotka. Depending on your time of arrival you may have the opportunity to explore Anadyr before boarding the vessel. We will sail in the late afternoon for Egvekinot.
Day 2: Egvekinot
This small town was built by Gulag prisoners as a port to supply the rich Lul’tin mining complex some 200km inland, they were then forced to construct a road to the mine. We explore the town which has an excellent museum and plan to travel by Ural to explore along the road towards Lul’tin and into the tundra to gain an appreciation of this unique Arctic landscape close to the Arctic Circle.
Day 3: Konergino
Across Kresta Bay from Egvekinot is the small reindeer herding village of Konergino. Reindeer herding is still an important part of the indigenous people’s culture and economy, the practice has remained largely unchanged over the centuries and revolves around ‘brigades’ looking after large herds of reindeer out on the tundra. Today is an introduction to and an opportunity to understand this industry/practice.
Day 4: Presbrazhenya Bay
We will be cruising along the south coast of Chukotka today and we will take the opportunity to stop at Presbrazhenya Bay. We Zodiac cruise spectacular bird cliffs which could provide great photographic opportunities. We also plan time exploring the rich tundra landscape for birds and plants.
Day 5: Whale Bone Alley and Gil’mimyl Hot Springs
The significant and intriguing archaeological site of ‘Whale Bone Alley’ on Yttygran Island dates to the 14th century, its origins and purpose have been the cause of much debate. Whalebones stretch along the beach in the form of a pathway for nearly half a kilometre. Gray Whales are frequently seen in the vicinity and there may be a chance to go whale-watching by Zodiac. This afternoon we plan a landing at nearby Gil’mimyl Hot Springs.
Day 6: Cape Dezhnev
Sea conditions permitting, we plan to land at Cape Dezhnev early this morning; this is the north-eastern most point of the Eurasian continent. The name commemorates the accomplishment of the Cossack, Semyon Dezhnev, who was the first European to sail through this strait in 1648 (80 years before Bering did). Nearby is the former Inuit village of Naukan, the inhabitants were relocated to nearby villages by the Soviet administration in 1958 but photographs and stories make the site come alive.
Day 7: At Sea
Relax as we navigate northwards towards Wrangel Island. Ice conditions will determine our speed and course and will ultimately dictate whether we will actually be able to reach the island.
Day 8-10: Wrangel Island
As we approach the island we will spend time searching the ice for Polar Bears, Ringed Seals and Walrus. Should there be opportunities to land we will explore the tundra to look for species which breed here. We have allowed three days on and around the island to take advantage of whatever conditions we encounter and will be utilising the local knowledge of the Park Rangers to make multiple landings and ice cruising.
Day 11: At Sea
We sail south towards Kolyuchin Island. The day is filled with illustrated lectures, opportunities to spend time on deck, relaxing in the ship’s bar and catching up with some reading or download and editing photos.
Day 12: Kolyuchin Island
This morning we plan a landing and/or Zodiac cruise at Kolyuchin Island. When the ice recedes large numbers of walrus sometimes haul out on the island. At the western end of the island is the remains of a Polar Research Station and nearby are some amazing bird cliffs, where it is possible to get magnificent views (and photographs) of puffins and guillemots. This afternoon we will cruise to nearby Kolyuchin Inlet, a massive tidal estuary and ideal habitat for many bird species, it is early enough in the season for the majority of them to either be on nests or have young. It is an easy landing with lots of opportunity for ‘birding’.
Day 13: Novo Chaplino, the Annual Beringia Regatta and Festival
We plan to be here for opening day of the annual Beringia Regatta and Festival which includes Baidara (traditional walrus skin covered boats) races as well as cultural group performances and games. It is one of the most colourful festivals in the Chukotka calendar and attracts people from many villages. There will be a range of activities at the Regatta and Festival and local foods for you to sample and souvenirs to purchase. This is a festival that gets to the very heart and soul of the people, their culture and their land.
Day 14: At Sea
As we make our way back to Anadyr we will recap the many experiences we have enjoyed on this special Chukotka expedition.
Day 15: Anadyr
After breakfast passengers will be taken ashore, a complimentary transfer to the airport or to a central downtown hotel will conclude the expedition.
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
Main Deck Triple
This category has one bunk (one upper and one lower) and one lower berth, wardrobe,
drawers, a desk and wash basin. The nearby showers and toilets are
shared with other
Main deck cabins.
Main Deck cabins
This category have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, a desk, washbasin and
porthole. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main
This category have bunks (an upper and lower berth), wardrobe, drawers, a desk, a
private bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have
Superior Plus cabins
This category have two lower berths, wardrobe, drawers, desk, a private bathroom with
shower, toilet and washbasin. These cabins have windows.
This category have a separate bedroom with a double bed and a single bed or a sofa in
the lounge, wardrobe, drawers, a desk and a private bathroom with
shower, toilet and washbasin. The Mini Suites have windows.
This category has a large lounge area, a separate bedroom with double bed, a single
bed in the lounge, writing desk, wardrobe, drawers. There is a private
bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin. There are large forward and
side facing windows to allow great views.
Classification: Russian register KM ice class
Year built: 1984
Accommodation: 50 berths expedition
Main engines: power 2x1560 bhp (2x 1147 Kw)
Maximum speed: 12 knots (2 engines),
Cruising speed: 10 knots(one engine)
Bunker capacity: 320 tons
All meals during the voyage
Pre/Post cruise transfers
All excursions led by experienced Expedition Leaders
What's not included?
Return charter flights Anadyr/Nome - US$2000 per person
Landing fees - US$500 per person
Passport, visa, and immigration fees
Airport arrival/departure taxes
Additional hotel nights
Travel protection plan
Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
Any items not mentioned as included
*During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable
to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather
and/or opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition
Leader will keep you fully informed.