Join us for a journey along the Kuril and Aleutian Islands. This is an incredible opportunity to witness the people and wildlife that thrive in this desolate and wild part of the world. Experience distinctive cultural presentations in Korsakov, Sakhalin Island and in Petropavlovsk, on the Kamchatka Peninsula.Take Zodiac cruises to find whales and seals. Observe Bald Eagles up close in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Hike the side of Yankicha Island to see the magnificent caldera. Enjoy landscapes that have barely been touched by human hands and take in sulphur springs and fumaroles that will remind you of just how active the ground is beneath your feet.
Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Tyuleniy Island, Russia–
Located in the Sea of Okhotsk, this island is home to a massive fur seal haul-out. Cruise around the island by Zodiac and enjoy watching the prolific Northern fur seals, Steller sea lions and Common Guillemots.
Yankicha Island, Russia –
Yankicha Island is the southernmost islet that makes up Ushishir Island. A caldera formed at its center is accessible by Zodiac at high tide. It is possible to hike to the highest point of the island and take in impressive views of the sea and caldera below. Near the landing site there are fumaroles and hot springs that bubble up from the tectonic plates moving beneath the island. Lucky and observant visitors to the island might even spot an Artic fox.
Dutch Harbor, Alaska –
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. Dutch Harbor is an important fishing port made famous in the Discovery Channel television series, “The Deadliest Catch.”
Unga Island, Alaska–
This 15-mile-long island is home to a ghost town that was once a mining village established in 1888. The last family left Unga in 1969 and now only the brilliant stalks of fireweed flowers poke out between the bleached beams and abandoned doorways of the buildings slowly being overtaken by nature.
Holgate Glacier, Alaska, US –
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 evening cruise towards the glacier.
- Visit Russian Orthodox Churches and museums
- Experience cultural presentations in Korsakov on Sakhalin Island and in the mainland Russian town of Petropavlovsk
Wildlife Watch List:
- Steller sea Lions, Northern fur seals
- Crested and Whiskered Auklets, Brünnich’s, Pidgeon and Common Guillemots, Black-Legged Kittiwakes, Northern Fulmar, Tufted and Horned Puffins, Short-tailed Shearwater, Black Oystercatcher, Red-faced Cormorant.
- American Pipit, Savannah Sparrow, Long-tailed Duck, White Wagtails, Buff-bellied Pipits, Red-breasted Merganser, Harlequin Duck, Bald Eagles, Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspur, Redpoll, Song Sparrow, Winter Wren, Bank Swallow, American Dipper, Gray-crowned Rosy-finch, Common Raven, Rough-legged Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Belted Kingfisher
- Red and Artic Fox
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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