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. Crossing the Bering Sea we will head for Chukotka and Kamchatka to look for the major walrus haul-out in Anastasiya Bay and hike to lakes and waterfalls in Peter Bay. By Zodiac we will cruise the bird cliffs at Bogoslav Island and will learn about the Koriyak culture of Tymlat. In Yttygran we will see an ancient whalebone alley and at Proliv Senyavina we will hike to relax in some hot springs.
Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of these locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Anastasiya Bay, Russia –
Anastasiya Bay appears to be scooped out of the mountainous cliffs of the Koryak Mountains. The bay offers a chance to find walruses and seals. Birders search for Slaty-backed Gulls, Pelagic Cormorants, Horned Puffins and Tufted Puffins, among many other species
Tymlat, Russia –
Located close to the entrance of Tymlat River, the Koriyak village will welcome guests with drums and singing and all visitors partake in a cleansing ceremony before reaching the dance ground. Traditional songs and dances are going to be performed and close by one can see how the locally caught fish is fileted and prepared. Generous helpings of roe on black bread and fish soup are generally offered. A walk into the village will give an insight into life in rural Kamchatka.
Peter Bay, Russia –
Visit Peter Bay, located in a small inlet at the foot of the Koryak Mountain, north of the Kamchatka Peninsula. 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.
Bogoslav Island, Russia –
Cruise by Zodiac past the towering bird cliffs at Bogoslav Island, home to a variety of birds, including Black-legged Kittiwakes and Slaty-backed Gulls. Tufted and Horned Puffins, Brünnich’s, Common and Pigeon Guillemots, as well as White Wagtails, Harlequin Ducks and Pelagic Cormorants can usually be seen there too.
Yttygran, Russia –
Yttygran offers a unique natural history experience on this voyage. An array of bowhead whale bones and rock arrangements is stunning – it is a place of great archaeological importance combined with natural beauty.
Proliv Seniyavina, Russia –
We will enter a small lagoon by Zodiac and will hike across tundra and some rolling hills to reach a stream with various hot springs. You can choose to either enter a small pool prepared by the local fishermen, or to go into the stream.
- Absorb the culture of the Koriyak people during a visit in Tymlat.
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 activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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