FIRE AND ICE IN THE ARCTIC

Cruising between Russia and the United States from Nome to Seward, you will have the chance to sail in the Bering Strait, visit Wrangel Island in the Chukchi Sea and discover extraordinary landscapes combining ice, volcanoes, indigenous people and tundra.

DATE: SEPTEMBER 10-26, 2018

DURATION: 17 DAYS/16 NIGHTS

EMBARK: NOME, ALASKA, USA

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DISEMBARK: SEWARD, ALASKA

SHIP: LE BOREAL

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Expedition Highlights

  • An expedition cruise amid the stunning Arctic and volcanic landscapes of Alaska and Russia to discover the jewels of Beringia;
  • Sail in the heart of the Bering Sea, surrounded by the planet’s most remote islands;
  • Discover the Wrangel Island Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site;
  • Discover the Aleutian Islands, an emerged part of the Pacific Ring of Fire;
  • Discover the Pribilof Islands;
  • Observe an abundance of wildlife: polar bears, grizzlies on Kodiak Island and on the Katmai Peninsula, walruses, fur seals, gray whales, Arctic foxes, and many species of migratory birds.

ITINERARY

Nome Gold Dredge

Day 1: Sep 10 —NOME (ALASKA)
Located along the Bering Strait at the westernmost point of Alaska, Nome offers the rustic charm of a former gold-mining town, set in the middle of magnificent wilderness. As you weave in and out of the brightly colored houses, you will discover the pioneering legacy that still marks local traditions. Fishing, reindeer herding, sled dog-racing and gold mining are still practiced here. The surrounding plains provide stunning vantage points for observing Arctic fauna.

(NOTE: Consider adding a day or two to explore Nome, or other highlights of Alaska. We can arrange it all for you.)

Emabarkation from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (16H00 to 17H00). Departure at 8:00 PM (20H00).

Walrus Herd

Day 2: Sep 11-12 – Cross the International Date Line (Lose a Day) – PROVIDENIYA, RUSSIA
Across the Bering Strait from Alaska, which it almost touches, the town of Provideniya seems to keep a watchful eye over ships heading for the East Siberian Sea. Nestled against mountains with peaks of up to 2,000 m, Provideniya is the gateway to the Chukotka Peninsula, a polar region practically unknown to the general public, with striking landscapes and a primitive beauty like no other.

Day 3: Sep 13 – BIG DIOMEDE – CAPE DEZHNEV, CHUKOTKA, RUSSIA
Located in the middle of the narrow Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia, the Diomede Islands are in a unique position to observe migrating gray whales, birds and other marine life. In 1898, the cape was officially renamed as Cape Dezhnev, replacing Captain James Cook’s name, the “East Cape”. It was named in honor of Semyon Dezhnev, the first recorded European to round its tip (in 1648). There is a large monument to Dezhnev on the seacoast.

Wrangel Island Polar bear

Day 4: Sep 14 – KOLYUCHIN ISLAND
Walrus herds may be found near this otherwise deserted island.

Days 5-7: Sep 15-17 – KRASINA

BAY- WRANGEL ISLAND NATIONAL RESERVE
Wrangel Island is a breeding ground for polar bears, having the highest density of dens in the world, seals, walrus, and lemmings. Arctic foxes also make their home on the island. Cetaceans such as bowhead whales, gray whales, and belugas can be seen close to shore.

Day 8: Sep 18 – CAPE VANKAREM (TCHOUKOTKA)

Day 9: Sep 19 – YTTYGRAN- “Whale Bone Alley”- PROVIDENIYA – Cross the International Date Line (Gain a Day)
Situated on the northern shore of Yttygran island, whale bone alley consists of a large number of carefully arranged whale skulls, whale bones and stones, along with a considerable number of meat storage pits. It is thought that Whale Bone Alley was used as a central shrine by a number of different villages dotted along the eastern Chukotkan coast.

Pribilof Fur Seals

Day 10: Sep 19 – SAVOONGA, ALASKA, USA
St Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea has been inhabited sporadically for the past 2,000 years by both Alaskan Yup’ik and Siberian Yupik people. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the island had a population of about 4,000 in numerous villages. Currently Savoonga has about 650 inhabitants.

Day 11: Sep 20 – AT SEA

Day 12: Sep 21 – ST PAUL ISLAND, PRIBILOFS
Located in the middle of the Bering Sea, Saint-Paul Island is the largest island of the Pribilof archipelago. Fur seas, also called Pribilof seals, have made this haven of peace their home with its rich biodiversity.

Day 13: Sep 22 – DUTCH HARBOR & UNALASKA BAY
Clinging to the southwestern tip of Alaska, between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, the port of Dutch Harbor offers a delightfully different stopover at the heart of the Aleutian Islands archipelago.

Day 14: Sep 23 – CHANKLIUT ISLAND

Day 15: Sep 24 – GEOGRAPHIC HARBOR- HIDDEN HARBOR/
KINAK BAYPart of Katmai National Park and Monument, Geographic Harbor is home to many Brown Bear who feed on the plentiful salmon, vegetation, and shell fish along tidal areas.

Geographic Harbor

Day 16: Sep 25 – HOLGATE GLACIER

Day 17: Sep 26 – SEWARD (ANCHORAGE) 
Disembark. Transfer to Anchorage Airport, or stay a while to explore more of Alaska.

 

 

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