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Exploring Russia's Far East & Wrangel Island

Exploring Russia's Far East & Wrangel Island

At a glance

Duration: 13 days / 12 nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Nome AK

From: $16,230

Season: August

Activities: Culture, Hiking, Photography, Zodiacs

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Lindblad Expeditions in Partnership with National Geographic

This fascinating exploration of the remote Siberian coastline promises rich culture and an astounding wealth of wildlife. Meet indigenous artists known for their intricate walrus ivory carvings, take in dramatic bird cliffs teeming with puffins and guillemots, then forge farther north, well above the Arctic Circle to Wrangel Island Reserve. Spend several days in this pristine landscape that’s home to the highest density of ancestral polar bear dens, the world’s largest population of Pacific walrus, and an astonishing variety of plant life. And before this expedition comes to an end witness one more site few get to see—an ancient, mysterious display of whale bones and skulls erected on Yttygran Island.

Expedition Highlights

  • Observe majestic polar bears at Wrangel Island Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site dubbed the “polar bear nursery” for the high number of dens found here
  • See gray whales in their northern feeding grounds in the Chukchi and Bering Seas
  • Watch and photograph iconic wildlife such as Pacific walrus, polar bears, puffins and more
  • Visit the evocative site known as Whale Bone Alley on the northern tip of remote Yttygran Island
  • Experience meaningful cultural exchanges across the entire breadth of Beringia

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Anchorage/Nome/Embark

Arrive in Anchorage and fly to Nome. Embark National Geographic Orion in the afternoon and cross the Bering Strait. (D)

Days 2: Provideniya, Russian Federation

At the western limit of the rich transboundary area known as Beringia, Provideniya is often called “The Gateway to the Arctic.” It’s also the administrative center where we will conduct our clearance into Russia. Visit the excellent museum, and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance. (B,L,D)

Days 3: Cape Dezhnev/Uelen Village

Round Cape Dezhnev, the easternmost point of the Eurasian continent and if conditions permit, make a landing and hike to the lighthouse. Then continue to the nearby Chukchi and Yupik village of Uelen, a major artistic center of the region known for its exquisite walrus ivory carving. (B,L,D)

Days 4: Kolyuchin Island & Kolyuchin Bay

Located on the northern Chukotka coast, Kolyuchin Inlet is an enormous tidal estuary that offers excellent hiking and birding opportunities. Nearby on Kolyuchin Island find nesting puffins and guillemots, and occasionally Pacific walruses hauled-out. Explore the area by Zodiac and, conditions permitting, go ashore. (B,L,D)

Days 5-8: Wrangel Island

This UNESCO World Heritage site has the highest level of biodiversity in the High Arctic. Spend four fascinating days discovering the island’s abundant plant life and searching for polar bears, Pacific walrus, musk oxen, Arctic fox, gray whales, and 100 migratory bird species. You may also spot the bones and tusks of woolly mammoths jutting out from gravelly riverbeds—Wrangel Island was the last refuge for these ancient beasts. (B,L,D Daily)

Days 9-10: At Sea/Lorino Village

Head back south from Wrangel Island and take advantage of the time at sea to attend informative talks, sort your photos, visit the Bridge to learn about navigation, or just relax and let the memories of the previous days soak in. At Lorino, the largest indigenous village in Chukotka, witness a dance performance and learn about traditional fishing, hunting and reindeer herding. (B,L,D Daily)

Day 11: Yttygran Island/Provideniya

Originally created around 600 years ago, Yttygran is thought to have been a communal or ceremonial Yupik site. Here, visit the fascinating place known as Whale Bone Alley, a mysterious and haunting boneyard erected alongside a rugged and remote shoreline. In Provideniya we'll conduct our clearance formalities before heading east to Nome. (B,L,D)

Day 12: At Sea/Crossing the Bering Strait

Spend the final day at sea, crossing one of the most iconic bodies of water on the planet. Linger on deck with binoculars in hand—the chances are great to spot whales and rare seabirds. (B,L,D)

Day 13: Nome/Disembark/Anchorage/Home

Arrive in Nome this morning, transfer to the airport for flights to Anchorage and onward. (B)

Dates & Rates

Dates 1 2 3 4 5 6 Single 1 Single 3
Aug 11, 2019 $16,230 $17,440 $19,430 $23,480 $26,850 $31,250 $24,340 $29,140
Aug 23, 2019 $16,230 $17,440 $19,430 $23,480 $26,850 $31,250 $24,340 $29,140
Sep 4, 2019 $16,230 $17,440 $19,430 $23,480 $26,850 $31,250 $24,340 $29,140
Aug 7, 2020 $16,230 $17,440 $19,430 $23,480 $26,850 $31,250 $24,340 $29,140
Aug 19, 2020 $16,230 $17,440 $19,430 $23,480 $26,850 $31,250 $24,340 $29,140
Aug 31, 2020 $16,230 $17,440 $19,430 $23,480 $26,850 $31,250 $24,340 $29,140


Exploring Russia's Far East & Wrangel Island Itinerary Map


National Geographic Orion

National Geographic OrionDesigned and purpose built in Germany in 2003 specifically for expedition travel, National Geographic Orion was created from the outset to explore the far comers of the Earth in complete self-sufficiency. View ship details...