Silversea Luxury Cruises A YTTYGRAN ISLAND

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Yttygran Island

Fifteen miles northwest of Cape Chaplino, Yttygran Island is the epitome of archaeological importance combined with natural beauty. Part of the Russian Federation, the island is found in the nutrient rich Bering Sea and is known for its pods of Beluga whales. At 13.5 kilometres long by 5 kilometres wide, Yttygran is relatively small. Small is beautiful in this case, and not only does Yttygran offer uniquely stunning scenery (notably from the peak of its hills), but it is of vast historical interest. View more

To the north of the island is a superbly preserved ancient shrine, believed to have been used to store whale meat and as a place of worship by ancient Inuit people. Known locally as Whale Bone Alley, the site is a half kilometre array of gigantic Bowhead whale jawbones and ribs placed in an arch formation. Other bones, skulls and rocks are carefully arranged around, while meat storage pits are underfoot. Whale Bone Alley is the only example of its kind. The exact origin of Whale Bone Alley is unknown, it could have been a gathering place for Chukchi natives (Etgyran in local dialect meaning mid-way), or there could be a simpler explanation. The Yupik translation of the island’s name means simply “meant pit”. Regardless of the etymology, Yttagran is a place of magic and mystery, with views that are often enhanced by the soft hues and the muffled light conditions.

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.