Across the Bering Sea to the Land of the Chukchi
• Marvel at spectacular natural landscapes, pristine tundra and massive volcanoes.
• Travel along the historic routes of explorers and traders.
• Be on the lookout for rare wildlife including the western grey whale and Steller’s sea lion.
• Identify countless birds: puffins, guillemots, cormorants, Steller’s sea eagle, Brown-headed Thrush, Siberian Ruby throats, Alder thickets, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and Crested or Whiskered Auklets.
• Photograph a variety of wildlife including walrus, fur seal, otter, red fox and the enormous Kamchatka brown bear.
• Cruise and explore remote villages by Zodiac.
|Day 1||Seward, Alaska, USA|
|Days 2 to 5||Alaska Peninsula, Alaska, USA|
|Day 6||Dutch Harbor, Unalaska Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, U.S.A.|
|Day 7||St. Paul, Pribilof Islands, Alaska, U.S.A.|
|Day 8||St. Matthew Island, Alaska, U.S.A. Hall Island, Alaska, USA|
|Day 9||Provideniya, Russia (Cross the International Date Line and lose a day)|
|Day 10||Cape Dezhnev and Big Diomede Island, Russia|
|Day 11||Lorino lage & Yttygran Island, Russia|
|Day 12||Provideniya, Russia – Technical stop for outward clearance only|
|Day 13||Nome, Alaska, USA (Cross the International Date Line and gain a day)|
Once all guests have embarked, we depart on our spectacular 14-day expedition: Across the Bering Sea to the Land of the Chukchi. This afternoon you will be introduced to your expedition team and participate in a safety drill. Tonight we invite you to familiarize yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travelers and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in the restaurant.
For the first leg of our expedition, we journey along the Alaska Peninsula, which extends 400 miles (644 km) from mainland Alaska toward the Aleutian Island chain. The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful, with active volcanoes; towering mountain peaks, rolling tundra, rugged, wave-battered coastlines and the largest brown bear population in the state.
Chiswell Islands, Katmai National Park
Almost 40 million birds representing 30 species congregate in colonies along the coast of Chiswell Islands. Over 20,000 Horned and Tufted Puffins return to make their nests every summer. Visit rookeries teaming with birds, including Parakeet Auklets, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Ancient Murrelets and Red-faced Cormorants.
Katmai National Park, Geographic Harbor, Amalik Bay, Kukak Bay
Katmai National Park is on the top of many “Best of Alaska” lists because of its otherworldly landscape, including 15 active volcanoes. Here we have the opportunity to get up close and personal to abundant wildlife and raw beauty; the scenery is magnificent at Geographic Harbor at the head of Amalik Bay, and the bears are ubiquitous.
Kukak Bay is well known for its concentration of bears and the salmon on which they feed, and this is one of the prime areas in this region for bear viewing. The Silver Discoverer’s Expedition Team will lead a variety of natural history walks and Zodiac tours in search of bears, sea mammals and birds.
This stunning and nearly uninhabited archipelago is home to some of the largest populations of native and undisturbed wildlife in the United States. There are 2.5 million birds here, almost half the breeding seabirds of the Alaska Peninsula. You’ll find huge numbers of Horned Puffins, Northern Fulmars and Jaegers, and over a million Murres. Ancient Murrelets and Parakeet Auklets are among the other species found, while the surrounding sea is home to sea otters, sea lions, seals, porpoises and whales.
We will explore the islands by Zodiac, watching the sea lions laze on the rocky shores and the delightful sea otters play in the extensive bull kelp beds that surround. We will end our day at Unga Island. This bar reveals a spectacular petrified ancient forest, embedded in its sea cliffs.
Together with the city of Unalaska, Dutch Harbor, is a bustling community with about 4,000 residents. It is connected by bridge to the rest of Unalaska on Amaknak Island, and its name is frequently applied to the entire town. During our city tour, we visit the World War II bunkers and the spectacular Russian Orthodox Church.
Join us for a guided walk to the Salt Lagoon, Town Cove and the Rift Point fur seal haul out. While one of the most notable sights on the island are the northern fur seal rookeries, Saint Paul Island is renowned as a bird watching haven.
Today you will step upon an Island few have ever even seen. Known as Alaska’s most remote location, and designated in 1909 by Teddy Roosevelt as one of America’s first wildlife refuges, St. Matthew’s will be yours to explore together with your Expedition team. The focus today is on botany and birding. Add McKay’s Bunting, Lapland Longspur, and a myriad of other seabirds to your “life list”, as well as plants alive in purple, pink and blue hues. Another treat you may see is the adorable singing vole, endemic to St. Matthew and the largest mammal on the Island, the red fox.
During lunch the Silver Discoverer will reposition to Hall Island where we use our fleet of Zodiacs to explore the rugged coast of the uninhabited island. Here we hope to witness the vast numbers of Kittiwakes and Guillemots that make their nest on the steep cliffs. Be on the look out for Arctic Fox, Horned Puffins and Walrus that are regularly seen from the Zodiacs.
After clearance into Russia through the former Soviet military port of Provideniya, we will be treated to a traditional welcome of Vodka, black bread, and sweets before enjoying a cultural dance performance and joining our local guides for a walking tour of the town and its small museum.
An early morning expedition by Zodiac will see us explore Cape Dezhnev, an Inuit people heritage site. At present, only a small historical village is inhabited and a monument to Russian explorer, Semyon Dezhnev, for whom the cape is named, stands there.
Next is Big Diomede, located 28 miles (45 km) off Cape Dezhnev and set right in the middle of the Bering Strait. This island, once a military base during WWII and into the Cold War, is now unpopulated, housing only a Russian weather station and a base of Russian border guard troops. Less than one mile east lies the International Date Line between Russia and the United States. In addition to learning about the indigenous Inuit heritage we hope to encounter hauled out Walrus.
Our next two stops are located in the Providensky District of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia.
The small village of Lorino is known for its Reindeer Herding and the Chukchi people. After a short welcome ceremony, the villages will show off their skill on dog sleds, and will even offer you the chance to enjoy a ride on a sled; a short “cruise” in a local skin boat, or participate in the regatta!
Before returning to the ship try some of the local food that the villagers will prepare.
Situated in the Bering Sea we find Yttygran Island. On approach keep a lookout for Gray Whales that are often seen in the area. Located on its northern shore is Whale Bone Alley, aptly named for its large number of carefully arranged whale skulls, whalebones and stones.
We will again stop in Provideniya, but only to clear out of Russia. Therefor this is a leisurely day at sea for you to enjoy. Begin perhaps with a late breakfast and another cup of coffee or tea during the first of the day’s lectures. Join the lectures and hear fascinating tales of adventure and learn more about the region’s endemic wildlife and remarkable nature. Join our on-board videographer for the presentation of the voyage-DVD recalling the many memorable moments during our expedition.
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.
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.
* Itinerary may be subject to change
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Rates Arctic 2016
Special: Single Supplement reduced to 25% for Veranda and below.
Fares are cruise only. Single Occupancy and Third Guest Rates are available upon request.
There is NO Twinshare rate available on this ship and single supplement is 2x the Twin Price listed above.
All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.
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