Silversea Luxury Cruises A YANKICHA ISLAND

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Yankicha Island

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk, tiny Yankicha is an uninhabited island just 1.25 miles (2 kilometres) in diameter. The Ainu people, an indigenous tribe with roots in both Russia and Japan, considered Yankicha a sacred place and used it for shamanic purposes. The island is part of the larger volcanic Ushishir Island in the Kuril Islands archipelago, located in the Russian Far East— and situated roughly halfway between mainland Russia and Japan in the Northwest Pacific Ocean. View more

The Kuril Islands have a turbulent past, as they have belonged to Japan and Russia at different times in history. But they’ve remained under Russian control ever since Soviet forces captured them following Japan’s defeat during World War II. Japan still lays claim to them today, making the dispute over this archipelago one of the longest-running unresolved international conflicts in the world. Visitors to Yankicha will be rewarded with extraordinary topography, including a caldera that is only accessible during high tide. Unsurprisingly, the wildlife is tremendous. Not only is the island a bird sanctuary, home to a vast amount of nest birds including the rare Whiskered Auklet, but the crafty Arctic Fox also call Yankicha home. Underwater volcanic activity is still very much present, as is evident from the fumaroles and hot springs that have fascinated everyone who has ever set foot on the island. Want to find out more about Yankicha Island ? Click here to see our blog!

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.