Wrangel Island - M/V Sylvia Earle

Start: Anchorage Finish: Anchorage

Visiting: USA, Russia, Argentina, Arctic


Duration: 15 Nights

Physical rating: Relaxed

Tour Operator: Explore!

Age range: 14-99


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Tour Overview

Set sail from Alaska, for Russia's most remote and treasured wildlife sanctuaries, Wrangel Island Nature Reserve. Discover a wildlife wonderland offering the world's highest concentration of polar bear dens, the largest population of Pacific walrus and a nesting ground for 100 migratory bird species, including snowy owl, snow geese and long-tailed skua. Explore the Chukotka coast, where beluga, grey and humpback whale come to feed and experience traditional Chukchi life, before returning to Nome and onto Anchorage.

Cross the Bering Strait - be one of the few visitors to remote Wrangel Island Nature Reserve
Land on Kolyuchin Island - enjoy cliff-top views of nesting puffin, guillemot and gull
Experience remote villages - learn about the traditions of Yupik and Chukchi life
Walk on Tundra - spot a host of migrating birds including emperor geese, spoon-billed sandpiper and yellow-billed loon

Highlights

  • Cross the Bering Strait - be one of the few visitors to remote Wrangel Island Nature Reserve
  • Land on Kolyuchin Island - enjoy cliff-top views of nesting puffin, guillemot and gull
  • Experience remote villages - learn about the traditions of Yupik and Chukchi life
  • Walk on Tundra - spot a host of migrating birds including emperor geese, spoon-billed sandpiper and yellow-billed loon

Places You'll See

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Itinerary

icon Day 1: Join trip in Anchorage

Accommodation: Hotel in Anchorage to be confirmed

Upon arrival into Anchorage Airport (ANC) please collect your luggage and look for a representative in the Arrivals Hall, holding a sign with your name on it. If you have booked your flights independently, please make sure that you have advised us of your arrival flight details so that a transfer is booked for you. Be sure to keep all of your important documents - i.e. passport and travel insurance, and also your medication in your hand luggage, as your main luggage will be transferred separately to the hotel. Upon check-in, reception staff will provide you with your cabin tags. Please fill out the luggage tags clearly, showing your name and cabin number so that your luggage is delivered to the correct cabin. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners at your voyage briefing in the evening.

icon Day 2: Fly to Nome and embark the M/V Sylvia Earle

Accommodation: M/V Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Anchorage airport to board the charter flight to Nome, where you will embark your ship. After boarding, there will be time to settle into your cabin before our important safety briefings. This evening, you will be able to meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain's Welcome Dinner.

icon Day 3: Providenyia

Accommodation: M/V Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Informative briefings prepare you for upcoming landings, and sightings of beluga and grey whale enchant as you cross Bering Strait to Chukotka. In Provideniya, the administrative centre, you'll be cleared into Russia and if time allows, you will be able to visit the museum of history and culture and perhaps take in a traditional Yupik dance performance.

icon Day 4: Lorino Village, Cape Dezhnev

Accommodation: M/V Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Chukchi villagers warmly welcome you into Lorino with traditional dance, samples of local delicacies and the chance to observe life in this outpost of reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters. Weather and sea permitting, we hope to land at Cape Dezhnev, Eurasia's easternmost point, to explore the ancient Inuit settlement of Naukan, and remains of a Soviet-era research centre, both now abandoned.

icon Day 5: At sea

Accommodation: M/V Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy informative talks from our team of experts as your Captain navigates an approach to Wrangel Island. Although pack ice can block the way, it varies from year to year. Even if the way is clear, it's likely you'll delight in watching the ship and its expert crew, navigate the sea-ice over the coming days.

icon Day 6: Wrangel Island Nature Reserve

Accommodation: M/V Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your exploration of Wrangel and Herald Islands depends on ice and weather conditions. Whether searching pack ice for polar bear, ringed seal and walrus, or Zodiac cruising beneath slopes dotted with polar bear and walrus haulouts, you'll be joined by local rangers keen to share their knowledge and love of this special place.

icon Day 7: Wrangel Island Nature Reserve

Accommodation: M/V Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Follow your guides across a vast landscape in search of reindeer, musk oxen and Arctic fox as you walk across the tundra in this remote island.

icon Day 8: Wrangel Island Nature Reserve

Accommodation: M/V Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Search for fossilised remains of woolly mammoth, a kaleidoscope of wildflowers and listen to tales of Inuit and Chukchi hunters, the first European explorers and the survivors of the Karluk disaster.

icon Day 9: Wrangel Island Nature Reserve

Accommodation: M/V Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

One final day to explore this wildlife wonderland, enjoying time on land and in Zodiacs. Look out for walrus and enjoy the prolific birlife as you explore this nesting site of 100 migratory bird species.

icon Day 10: At Sea

Accommodation: M/V Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As you sail south, reflect on the wonders you\ ve seen as you edit photos, enjoy entertaining talks or treat yourself to a massage in the wellness centre.

icon Day 11: Kolyuchin Island, Kolyuchin Inlet

Accommodation: M/V Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Weather permitting and with a wary eye for polar bear, you land on Kolyuchin Island, with its abandoned meteorological station and some of the Arctic's most spectacular bird cliffs, where nesting puffins guillemot and gull are easily photographed. The tidal estuary of Kolyuchin Inlet offers wildflowers and a host of birds from yellow-billed loon to endemic emperor geese, as well as remains of dwellings from past inhabitants.

icon Day 12: Arakamchechen Islands, Penkigngey Bay

Accommodation: M/V Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Humpback, grey and bowhead whale feed in the waters around Arakamchechen Island, while on land there's a chance to quietly approach a walrus haulout. Sea cliffs on nearby Nuneangan Island are home to guillemot, tufted puffin and crested auklet. Penkigngey Bay, a long fjord, offers tundra wildflower walks and a scenic dip in hot springs.

icon Day 13: Ytytygran Island, Provideniya

Accommodation: M/V Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On Ytytygran Island, visit Whale Bone Alley, where bones are thickly strewn for half a kilometre along the beach which attest to a busy Chukchi whaling camp. Still standing, immense bowhead whale jawbones form a monumental, ceremonial archway, while just offshore grey whale are frequently spotted. In Provideniya, bid a fond farewell to Russia and begin the return voyage across the Bering Sea.

icon Day 14: King Island

Accommodation: M/V Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As we pass through Bering Strait, separating Russia and North America by only 100 kilometres, we hope to see beluga and grey whale. Conditions permitting, we land at King Island and explore the eerie, ancient village Ukivok, now abandoned after a tragic run of events. Murres and kittiwake frequent the surrounding sea cliffs in a frenzy of noise. As we depart, we celebrate the voyage end with a farewell dinner.

icon Day 15: Nome & Anchorage

Accommodation: M/V Sylvia Earle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We disembark in Nome, transfer to the airport and board our charter flight to Anchorage, where we spend the night.

icon Day 16: Trip ends in Anchorage

Meals: Breakfast

Check-out after breakfast for onward travel. A transfer is provided from the hotel to the airport if you are departing Anchorage on this day.

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