Wrangel Island Adventure 16 Days aboard Sylvia Earle
Set sail for a Russian Arctic adventure, aboard a brand-new state-of-the-art expedition vessel, as you journey to the remote Wrangel Island Nature Reserve. Renowned for being home to the world’s highest concentration of polar bear dens and the largest population of Pacific walrus, along with reindeer, musk oxen, Arctic fox, hundreds of migratory bird species, and 400 plant species, Wrangel Island is a fauna and flora paradise. On your journey you will learn all about the geology, wildlife and history of this fascinating place, while sailing along the Chukotka coast will bring experiences of traditional Chukchi life and fascinating land visits.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
- Be one of very few people to ever visit the remote and remarkable Wrangel Island Nature Reserve
- Search for sightings of Polar bears, walrus, whales, reindeer, Arctic fox and much more
- Enjoy walks along the spectacular tundra looking surrounded by birds and wildflowers
- Take exciting Zodiac cruises surrounded by spectacular landscapes
- Enjoy performances depicting the traditional life of the Yupik and Chukchi people
- Full board accommodation on board ship with daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
- Wines, beers and soft drinks with dinner
- 1 night accommodation in Anchorage pre-voyage with breakfast included
- 1 night accommodation in Anchorage post-voyage with breakfast included
- Return charter flights between Anchorage and Nome
- Group transfers to and from ship/hotels/airport
- Captain's Welcome and Farewell drinks including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, and non-alcoholic beverages
- Zodiac landings and excursions
- Programme of expert lectures
- Loan of rubber boots
- Complimentary 3-in-1 polar jacket
Special Offer Details
Book select cabins by 26th January and receive up to 20% discount!. Offer applicable when booked before 26th January 2021
Applies to new bookings in select cabins. Discount may fluctuate depending on cabin selected and may be withdrawn at any time. Full terms & conditions apply.
ITINERARY15 Nights 16 Days
- Days 1 - 2 | Anchorage - Nome
- Days 3 - 4 | Providenyia & Cape Dezhnev
- Days 5 - 9 | At Sea & Wrangel Island
- Days 10 - 14 | Chukotka Coast & Bering Strait
- Days 15 - 16 | Nome - Anchorage
Anchorage - Nome
Arrive independently to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, and transfer to the hotel for your included overnight stay. There will be a welcome meeting this evening to allow you to meet your fellow travellers and some of your expedition team.
After breakfast on day 2 you will transfer to the airport for your included flight to Nome where your expedition ship will be waiting. After settling in to your comfortable cabin and getting your bearings of the ship, you can join a fabulous welcome dinner where you will meet your captain and full expedition team.
Providenyia & Cape Dezhnev
As you cross the Bering Strait to Chukotka we recommend spending some time on deck to try and spot the beluga and grey whales that are often sighted here. We will dock in Provideniya to clear customs into Russia and, if time allows, enjoy a visit to the museum of history and culture and perhaps a traditional Yupik dance performance.
On day 4 you will be warmly welcomed to Lorino Village where the friendly locals might even greet you with a traditional dance. There will be chance to sample some of the local delicacies and the opportunity to learn all about life in this remote outpost before we make our way to Cape Dezhnev, Eurasia’s easternmost point. Here you will have the chance to explore the ancient Inuit settlement of Naukan and see the remains of a Soviet-era research centre.
At Sea & Wrangel Island
Day 5 sees us edge closer to the ultimate goal of this unique expedition, reaching Wrangel Island. As you sail, your expert expedition team will keep you entertained with informative presentations and discussions on the area’s wildlife, history and geology.
By day 6 we will hope to have reached the coast of Wrangel Island where your in-depth exploration will begin. Over the next 4 days you will explore around the Wrangel and Herald Islands on a constant search for wildlife. The exact route taken will be dependent on ice and weather conditions, but each day your experienced crew will determine the best places to visit to enjoy unrivalled wildlife and scenic opportunities. Throughout your time here you will take Zodiac (small boat) cruises in search of Polar bears, walrus and ringed seals, whilst walks across the vast tundra will see you seeking out sightings of musk oxen, reindeer and Arctic fox. Local rangers will accompany you as you explore, and will help you search for fossilised remains of woolly mammoth and a kaleidoscope of wildflowers. You will also get the chance to listen to tales of Inuit and Chukchi hunters, the first European explorers and the survivors of the Karluk disaster.
Chukotka Coast & Bering Strait
Leaving the wonders of Wrangel Island behind, there’s time for more adventure as you enjoy some expedition sailing along the Chukotka coast. Places we will hope to land at as we sail include Kolyuchin Island where you will see some of the Arctic’s most spectacular bird cliffs, a host of wildflowers and an abandoned meteorological station.
On Arakamchechen Island we will hope to enjoy a walk to see a walrus haulout and search the waters for Humpback, grey and bowhead whales, before visiting nearby Nuneangan Island and enjoying a memorable dip in a hot spring on Penkigngey Bay surrounded by beautiful scenery.
A highlight will be a trip to Whale Bone Alley on Ytytygran Island which offers fantastic photo opportunities, and after clearing customs again in Provideniya, we will head back into the Bering Sea and cross into the Bering Strait.
Our penultimate stop will bring us to King Island where, if weather conditions allow, you can explore around the eerie, abandoned ancient village of Ukivok.
Nome - Anchorage
Having arrived back into Nome harbour on day 15, you will transfer to the airport for your included flight back to Anchorage. An overnight hotel stay in Anchorage is included tonight. After breakfast on day 16, your itinerary will come to an end.
What Our Customers
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We have just returned from our Spitsbergen trip with Wildfoot and had to tell you what an amazing time we had! We saw 6 polar bears including a mother with 2 cubs as well as whales, walruses and lots of birds. The ship (Expedition) was really comfortable and the guides were so helpful and friendly. Thank you so much for making it all so easy.
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The cruise was beyond my expectations. Got to see everything the captain wanted, even a polar bear mother with three cubs. Coal Miners Cabins were smashing. I did loads of birding and exploring over three days. All the people were great from the expedition leaders down to the passengers. So glad to have achieved my ambition of some 50 years standing and got amongst the ice of the Arctic, walked amongst it’s islands and witnessed the antics of its wonderful wildlife. What’s next??? I’ll need to speak with Sara again.
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Writing back to tell you that the trip to the Arctic was all that it promised and more. It was a great wild-life sightseeing opportunity and the staff were really good.I had an excellent trip and have thousands of photos to go through.
I had an absolutely fabulous time won the Sergey Vavilov, it is an excellent ship. Sara was indeed right in her recommendation that they would be the most likely to push north into the ice to find the polar bears. We even circumnavigated Spitsbergen which was awesome and not o n the itinerary.It is such a wonderful way to take a trip when you are on your own – so if any of your potential single clients are unsure, definitely recommend it – I didn’t feel alone from the moment I stepped on board. I will be at the Birdfair next weekend and so will catch up with whoever is there – regarding this trip, and potentially my next!
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
Great cruise, staff and expedition team. Had a great trip.
We had a wonderful time, even though we didn't do all the places we were supposed to but we all felt were we went instead couldn't beaten. Saw animals I wanted to see. Bit worried what the food was like as some of the ships cooking leaves something to be desired, but food was very good. We thought all the guides were brilliant and informative, friendly and knowledgeable It was far better than we expected and even my husband thoroughly enjoyed it!
I wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful cruise in the Russian Far East. The landscape and destination were inspiring, we had some excellent wildlife sightings (sea otter, grey whale, Steller's sea eagle, snowy owl and Arctic fox were all firsts for me), and the Heritage team were superb. Rough seas forced a few changes to the itinerary but we also had some fabulous weather. All in all, a thrilling travel experience.Thanks once again for all your efforts
I thought you might like to know that this was an excellent holiday. Our guide, Brad, was absolutely wonderful, his enthusiasm and knowledge made the holiday even better. All in all the whole trip was excellent and we saw lots of bears, 24 on the first day. Fewer on the second and third days but still plenty, as well as arctic foxes,silver foxes and snowy owls. Even on the last day near the town we saw a bear on rocks by the beach.
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