Wrangel Island Odyssey

Wrangel Island Odyssey

from £12,095 excluding flights

  • 15 nights
  • Aug
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Wrangel Island Odyssey

from £12,095 excluding flights

  • 15 nights
  • Aug

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Highlights

In pictures
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Encounter the polar bears and walrus of Wrangel Island Nature Reserve

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Learn about the fascinating cultures of the Yupik and Chukchi people

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Enjoy a wealth of birdlife including emperor geese, yellowbilled loons and puffins

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Search for humpback, grey and beluga whales in the Bering Strait

Why this trip...

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Immersive exploration

Immerse yourself in your surroundings on a true exploration of remote and spectacular areas

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Style of vessel

This holiday is based on a ship ideally suited to the areas visited and the conditions

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Overview

Set sail from Nome, Alaska, for Russia’s most remote and treasured wildlife sanctuary, Wrangel Island Nature Reserve. Discover the world’s highest concentration of polar bear dens, largest population of Pacific walrus, nesting grounds for 100 migratory bird species including snowy owls, snow geese and long-tailed skuas; and come face to face with reindeer, musk oxen and Arctic fox.

Having escaped glaciation during the last Ice Age, Wrangel Island is also a garden of some 400 miniature plant species and boasts a human history as spare and dramatic as the land. You’ll also explore the Chukotka coast, where beluga, grey and humpback whales feed, and experience traditional Chukchi life before returning to Nome.

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Itinerary

Day 1 arrive Anchorage

Arrive in the state capital of Alaska, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy a welcome drink with your fellow-travellers at this evening’s welcome briefing.

Arrive in the state capital of Alaska, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. Enjoy a welcome drink with your fellow-travellers at this evening’s welcome briefing.

Day 2 Anchorage - Nome, Embarkation

Transfer to the airport for your included charter flight to Nome on Alaska’s west coast. Here you will board the ship and set sail for Russia. This evening you’ll meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Transfer to the airport for your included charter flight to Nome on Alaska’s west coast. Here you will board the ship and set sail for Russia. This evening you’ll meet your expedition team and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Day 3 Providenyia

Keep watch for beluga and grey whales as you cross the Bering Strait to Chukotka. Pass through border control at Provideniya and, if time allows, visit the museum of history and culture.

Keep watch for beluga and grey whales as you cross the Bering Strait to Chukotka. Pass through border control at Provideniya and, if time allows, visit the museum of history and culture.

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Day 4 Lorino Village & Cape Dezhnev

Chukchi villagers provide a warm welcome into Lorino with traditional dance, samples of local delicacies and the chance to observe life in this outpost of reindeer herders and hunters. Head ashore at Cape Dezhnev, Eurasia’s easternmost point, to explore the ancient Inuit settlement of Naukan and the remains of a Soviet-era research centre.

Chukchi villagers provide a warm welcome into Lorino with traditional dance, samples of local delicacies and the chance to observe life in this outpost of reindeer herders and hunters. Head ashore at Cape Dezhnev, Eurasia’s easternmost point, to explore the ancient Inuit settlement of Naukan and the remains of a Soviet-era research centre.

Day 5 at sea

Enjoy informative talks from the expedition team as you approach Wrangel Island through the sea ice.

Enjoy informative talks from the expedition team as you approach Wrangel Island through the sea ice.

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Days 6-9 Wrangel Island

Spend time exploring Wrangel and Herald Islands. Conditions permitting, you may take a Zodiac cruise beneath slopes dotted with polar bears, visit walrus haulouts or discover ringed seals lounging on pack ice. Hike landscape in search of reindeer, musk oxen and Arctic fox and perhaps discover the fossilised remains of a woolly mammoth in this vast and ancient landscape. Local rangers will share stories of the area’s history, culture and wildlife.

Spend time exploring Wrangel and Herald Islands. Conditions permitting, you may take a Zodiac cruise beneath slopes dotted with polar bears, visit walrus haulouts or discover ringed seals lounging on pack ice. Hike landscape in search of reindeer, musk oxen and Arctic fox and perhaps discover the fossilised remains of a woolly mammoth in this vast and ancient landscape. Local rangers will share stories of the area’s history, culture and wildlife.

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Day 10 at sea

As you sail south, enjoy time out on deck or treat yourself to massage in the wellness centre.

As you sail south, enjoy time out on deck or treat yourself to massage in the wellness centre.

Day 11 Kolyuchin Island & Kolyuchin Inlet

Land at Kolyuchin Island, with its abandoned meteorological station and some of the Arctic’s most spectacular bird cliffs, where nesting puffins, guillemots and gulls are easily photographed. The tidal estuary of Kolyuchin Inlet offers wildflowers and a host of birds from yellow-billed loons to endemic emperor geese, as well as remains of dwelling mounds and graves of past inhabitants.

Land at Kolyuchin Island, with its abandoned meteorological station and some of the Arctic’s most spectacular bird cliffs, where nesting puffins, guillemots and gulls are easily photographed. The tidal estuary of Kolyuchin Inlet offers wildflowers and a host of birds from yellow-billed loons to endemic emperor geese, as well as remains of dwelling mounds and graves of past inhabitants.

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Day 12 Arakamchechen Islands & Penkigngey Bay

Humpback, grey and bowhead whales feed in the waters around Arakamchechen Island, while on land is the chance to quietly approach a walrus haulout. Sea cliffs on nearby Nuneangan Island are home to guillemots, tufted puffins and crested auklets. Penkigngey Bay, a long fjord, offers tundra wildflower walks and a scenic dip in hot springs.

Humpback, grey and bowhead whales feed in the waters around Arakamchechen Island, while on land is the chance to quietly approach a walrus haulout. Sea cliffs on nearby Nuneangan Island are home to guillemots, tufted puffins and crested auklets. Penkigngey Bay, a long fjord, offers tundra wildflower walks and a scenic dip in hot springs.

Day 13 Ytytygran Island & Provideniya

On Ytytygran Island, visit Whale Bone Alley, where bones are thickly strewn for half a kilometre along the beach, and ‘meat pits’ attest to a busy Chukchi whaling camp. Immense bowhead whale jawbones and ribs form a monumental, ceremonial archway, while just offshore grey whales are frequently seen feeding. From Provideniya bid a fond farewell to Russia and begin the return voyage across the Bering Sea.

On Ytytygran Island, visit Whale Bone Alley, where bones are thickly strewn for half a kilometre along the beach, and ‘meat pits’ attest to a busy Chukchi whaling camp. Immense bowhead whale jawbones and ribs form a monumental, ceremonial archway, while just offshore grey whales are frequently seen feeding. From Provideniya bid a fond farewell to Russia and begin the return voyage across the Bering Sea.

Day 14 King Island

The Bering Strait separates Russia and North America by just 60 miles, and is frequented by beluga and grey whales. There may be an opportunity to land at King Island and explore the eerie, ancient village of Ukivok, now abandoned after a tragic run of events, and spot the murres and kittiwakes that adorn the surrounding sea cliffs.

The Bering Strait separates Russia and North America by just 60 miles, and is frequented by beluga and grey whales. There may be an opportunity to land at King Island and explore the eerie, ancient village of Ukivok, now abandoned after a tragic run of events, and spot the murres and kittiwakes that adorn the surrounding sea cliffs.

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Day 15 disembarkation, Nome - Anchorage

Disembark in Nome and return by charter flight to Anchorage for a final night’s stay in the city.

Disembark in Nome and return by charter flight to Anchorage for a final night’s stay in the city.

Day 16 depart Anchorage

Enjoy free time until check-out before continuing your journey.

Enjoy free time until check-out before continuing your journey.

Accommodation

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Sylvia Earle

The Sylvia Earle features cutting-edge design, superior comfort and environmentally friendly technology, and is custom-built for expedition cruising in remote areas.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £12,095 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Return charter flights from Anchorage to Nome
  • One night pre- and post-voyage hotel accommodation with breakfast in Anchorage
  • Shipboard accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board
  • Tea & coffee available around the clock
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captains welcome and farewell drinks
  • All Zodiac transfers, cruising & shore landings
  • Presentations by the Expedition Team and guest speakers
  • Expedition jacket - yours to keep
  • Loan of rubber boots during voyage
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
  • Tips for ship's crew
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

2022 Departures

Prices are per person, based on a twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Prices from (pp)
19 Jul 2022 16 days Sylvia Earle £12,095
01 Aug 2022 16 days Sylvia Earle £12,095

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