Join us to sail from Alaska to Russia and back across the Bering Sea, experiencing all the natural wonders these starkly beautiful places have to offer. In Alaska see Bald Eagles up close in Dutch Harbor and see the large population of Northern fur seals at St. Paul Island before crossing the Bering Sea to search for whales in Gabriela Bay, Russia. Hike to lakes and waterfalls in Peter Bay, look for the major walrus haul-out in Anastasiya Bay, and cruise the spectacular bird cliffs at Cape Kuyveveem. Learn about the culture of Anadyr, Russia and see incredible ivory, mammoth tusk and stone carvings at the Chukotka Museum.
Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of these locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Holgate Glacier, Alaska, USA –
Kenai Fjords National Park’s famous Holgate Glacier will be the only chance to see a calving glacier. The glacier comes down from the Harding Ice Field and reaches the Holgate Arm of Aialik Bay. Enjoy an early morning cruise towards the glacier.
Dutch Harbor, Alaska, USA –
Bald Eagles are plentiful in Dutch Harbor, a settlement ringed by gracious mountains. This area is frequented by eagles for the abundant fish present in the harbour and for the salmon running in local streams. The island was originally inhabited by Aleut people, and the town’s culture is also influenced by the Russian traders who frequented the area in search of sea otter and seal pelts.
St. Paul Island, Alaska, USA –
This ecologically diverse island is home to the Salt Lagoon and Rift Point where one of the world’s largest populations of Northern fur seals haul out. At the seal rookery and bird cliffs on the eastern edge of the island it is possible to get close views of not only seals, but Tufted Puffins and Common Murres.
Peter Bay, Russia –
Peter Bay is located in a small inlet at the foot of the Koryak Mountains. There is a large seal haul-out at the entrance of the bay and much to see on land. The remnant of an ancient glacier and several small lakes feed a spectacular waterfall that is worth the hike to see.
Anastasiya Bay, Russia –
The U-shaped Anastasiya Bay appears to be scooped out of the mountainous cliffs of the Koryak Mountains. The bay has walrus haul-outs and seals. Birders search for Slaty-backed Gulls, Pelagic Cormorants, Horned Puffins and Tufted Puffins, among many other species.
Cape Kuyveveem, Russia –
Cruise past the spectacular, towering bird cliffs at Kuyveveem, a large sheltered bay with streaked granite precipices and home to thousands of Tufted Puffins. This destination teems with Thick-billed Murres, Glaucous and Slaty-winged Gulls, Parakeet Auklets and Red Phalaropes.
- Absorb the culture of Anadyr, Russia where the similarities of the cultures spanning the Bering Sea from Alaska to Russia become obvious.
- In both Dutch Harbor and Anadyr you may choose to visit a Russian Orthodox church.
Wildlife Watch List:
- Spotted seals, Northern fur seals, walrus
- Humpback and grey whales
- Slaty-back, Glaucous and Vega Gulls; Pelagic Cormorants; Horned and Tufted Puffins; Black-legged Kittiwakes, Northern Fulmars, Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemot, Crested Auklet
- White wagtails, Sandhill Crane, Harlequin Duck
Please Note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activities. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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