Great Northern Expedition

Silver Discoverer
Silver Discoverer

Expedition Highlights:
• Marvel at spectacular natural landscapes and pristine tundra.
• Travel along the historic routes of explorers and traders.
• Be on the lookout for rare wildlife including the western grey whale.
• Identify countless birds: White-fronted bean geese, Whooper Swan, Red Knot, Puffins, Auklets, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and the critically endangered Spoon billed Sandpiper.
• Photograph a variety of wildlife including the walrus reindeer, and brown bear
• Cruise and explore remote villages by Zodiac.
• Marvel at the skulls, bones and stones at Whale Bone Alley.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1Nome, Alaska, U.S.A.
Day 2Provideniya, Russia (Cross the International Date Line and lose a day)
Day 3Cape Dezhnev and Big Diomede Island, Russia
Day 4Lorino Village, Russia
Day 5At Sea
Day 6Anastasia and Dezneva Bay
Day 7Mainapilgino Village and Cape Navarin
Days 8-9Anadyr Bay and Anadyr Port
Day 10Kresta Bay
Day 11Konergino Village and Meechkin Island
Day 12Enmelen Village and Rudera Cape
Day 13Preobrazheniya Bay and Achen Lagoon
Day 14Provideniya, Russia – Technical stop for outward clearance only
Day 15Nome, Alaska, USA (Cross the International Date Line and gain a day)

The July 31st 2014 departure is a special Photo Expedition Cruise featuring professional photographer and expeditions specialist David Wright.

With more than 25 years of professional experience that have won him Emmy, BAFTA and Chris Awards, David has worked with the BBC, National Geographic, and Discovery Channel. He's covered a wide range of stories spanning natural history, adventure, and history, on BBC/Discovery's Frozen Planet, National Geographic's Untamed Americas and the BBC's Natural World.

David will provide you with tips that will help you compose the most visually striking photographs, and how to get the most of your camera's settings to create an extraordinary image.

Day 1 — Nome, Alaska, U.S.A.

Once all guests have embarked, we depart on our spectacular 15-day, Great Northern Expedition. This afternoon you will be introduced to your expedition team and participate in the 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.

Day 2 — Provideniya, Russia (Cross the International Date Line and lose a day)

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.

Day 3 — Cape Dezhnev and Big Diomede Island, Russia

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 lays the International Date Line between Russia and the United States. Along with learning about the indigenous Inuit heritage, we hope to encounter hauled out walruses.

Day 4 — Lorino Village, Russia

Our next stop is 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.

Day 5 — At Sea

A leisurely day at sea is yours 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. Our knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields.

Day 6 — Anastasia and Dezneva Bay

Anastasia is the perfect place for bird watching. Time permitting, our onboard ornithologist will offer a hike ashore to see the variety of shore birds that nest in this area. You may even have the opportunity to photograph the walruses hauled-out along the beach.

Our Zodiac fleet is at the ready to explore the region of Dezneva Bay. Some of the animal species we may spot include grey whales, walruses, reindeer, and brown bears. There’s something for our birders as well. Keep on the lookout for the white-fronted bean geese and whooper swans.

Day 7 — Mainapilgino Village and Cape Navarin

Taste local caviar and salmon, and glimpse life infused with time old traditions in the small Chukchi fishing village of Mainapilgino, set on a long spit of land along the Bering Sea. Treating us to some real Chukchi hospitality, the village ensemble will perform some of their traditional dances. Birders rejoice, the village is a breeding spot for many species of migratory birds, including Red Knot and critically endangered Spoon billed Sandpiper.

Boasting one of the most abundant seabird colonies in northeast Russia, is Cape Navarin, located in the northwestern part of the Bering Sea to the south of Anadyr. Tens of thousands of seabirds can be seen on this cape’s spectacular cliffs. Setting out on Zodiac, we will have the chance to look out for birds such as the Tufted Puffin and Black-legged Kittiwake. Another sight to see is the Walrus haul-out. If we are fortunate, we may also come across the Grey Whale, who occasionally moves through these waters.

Days 8-9 – Anadyr Bay and Anadyr Port

Located at the mouth of the Anadyr River is Anadyr Bay and Anadyr Port, the administrative centre of the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia.

A wild time will be had at Anadyr Bay, as we go in search of Brown Bears, and Beluga and Grey Whales.

Anadyr Port however, will be tamer. We will mix with the locals at the Russian Orthodox Church, the local museum, and attend a cultural performance.

Day 10 — Kresta Bay

We will travel by Ural truck inland from the small harbor of Egvekinot across the expansive tundra, to the point where the 180 Meridian intersects the Arctic Circle. This is an incredible opportunity to experience firsthand the amazing habitat that dominates so much of Chukotka.

Day 11 — Konergino Village and Meechkin Island

Hosting us today is the small village of Konergino, located on the eastern shore of Kresta Bay, south of Egvekinot. Konergino is a reindeer-herding settlement, like other villages in the Iultinsky District of Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. The village's name is derived from the Chukchi Kei'i'yergyn, meaning "curved valley."

After Konergino, we venture on to Meechkin Island, where a large walrus haul-out can be found.

Day 12 — Enmelen Village and Rudera Cape

The small village of Enmelen is populated by a mixture of Chukchi and Yupik people, who support themselves through a combination of reindeer herding, and the hunting of sea mammals

We may count on a warm welcome from villagers, who will treat us to a concert, local food, and Inuit Games.

Day 13 — Preobrazheniya Bay and Achen Lagoon

Roam the blossoming tundra with the expedition experts in Achen Lagoon, and observe the wealth of bird life in Preobrazheniya Bay. Keep a watch for common puffins, horned puffins, and least auklets. A walk to the cliffs will reveal the fascinating panorama of the bay.

Day 14 — Provideniya, Russia – Technical stop for outward clearance only

A leisurely day at sea is yours 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. Our knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields.


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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