In the Footsteps of Vitus Bering — Otaru to Seward

Silver Explorer Cruise Ship
Silver Explorer
144 Passengers

Follow in the footsteps of early traders and explorers and discover the wilds of Russia and Alaska. Far from the tourist highway, learn of the bloody history and fascinating culture of a region that has been barely touched by human hand. Enjoy spectacular birding opportunities in the fjords and glaciers all the while keeping your cameras on the horizon for brown bears and Red and Arctic foxes.

Note: This trip crosses the International Date Line, gaining one day.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Hokkaidō (Otaru), Japan
Day 2 Korsakov, Russian Federation
Day 3 Tyuleniy Island
Day 4 At Sea
Day 5 Yankicha Island
Day 6 Atlasova Island
Day 7 Utashud Island
Day 8 Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky
Day 9 At Sea
Day 10 Attu Island, USA
Day 11 Kiska Harbor (Aleutian Islands)
Day 12 At Sea
Day 13 Seguam Island (Alaska)
Day 14 Dutch Harbor
Day 15 Unga Island
Day 16 Castle Bay (Alaska)
Day 17 Kodiak Island (Larsen Bay)
Day 18 Chiswell Islands (Alaska) / Holgate Glacier (Alaska)
Day 19 Seward (Anchorage, Alaska), United States of America

Day 1 — Hokkaidō (Otaru), Japan

Otaru is a small harbor city west of Sapporo. Famous for its many hills and a nearby ski resort, the town has been an important trade and herring fishing center. A wide canal that led from the port to the old town’s warehouses has been maintained for touristic purposes and the old stone or brick-built warehouses have been beautifully converted to restaurants and boutiques.

Day 2 — Korsakov, Russian Federation

Korsakov is used as a technical stop for ships clearing in and out of Russia. In addition to being a port of call for these formalities, the city was once home to an Ainu fishing village frequented by regional traders and early Russian expeditions. History also suggests that there may have been a significant Japanese population here at one time with reports of a Japanese religious temple on record.

Day 3 — Tyuleniy Island

Thousands of Northern fur seals and Steller sea lions call Tyuleniy Island their home. The island is appropriately named, as the word tyuleniy means “seal” in Russian. During the summer months, tens of thousands of seals and sea lions haul ashore here during the breeding season. The cacophony of their barks, belches, grunts and groans is difficult to imagine. Bulls, their harems, and many thousands of young black pups all jostle for space on the crowded beaches that flank the small rocky island.

Day 4 — At Sea

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge or writing home to your loved ones, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 5 — Yankicha Island

Any articles published about the Kuril Islands are likely to linger over the impressive Yankicha Island. It is the southernmost of two islets forming Ushishir Island. Yankicha is distinct in having at its center a caldera that is accessible by small boat only during high tide. Inside this extraordinary lagoon are fumaroles and hot springs, both traces of the tremendous forces that created the island long ago. Fortunate visitors may encounter an Arctic fox or the rare Whiskered Auklet. Ashore it is also possible to see Arctic Warblers and Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warblers.

Day 6 — Atlasova Island

The near-perfect cone of Alaid volcano dominates Atlasova Island with its 6,500 ft (2,000 m) peak. It is the highest volcano in the Kuril Islands and over time generated the black lava beaches and the eroding Taketomi tufa limestone cone near the landing site. At one time a women’s prison, or gulag, was located on Atlasova. The women, many of them political prisoners during the Soviet rule, were sent here to raise foxes for fur. Peregrine Falcons can sometimes be spotted flying above the beach, while buzzards, Eurasian Wigeons, and Tufted Ducks have all been observed on the island.

Day 7 — Utashud Island

Three small islands form Utashud and seem to be the remnants of a former volcano raising 260 ft (80 m) out of Vestinik Bay. Although the island is deprived of forest, fragments of giant petrified trees have been found on its shores. Utashud is one of the richest islands on the southeastern side of Kamchatka in terms of wildlife. The island is notable for its population of sea otters (up to 300 individuals). In fact, native people from Kamchatka used to visit this island to hunt for sea otters, valuing the thick fur of their pelts.

Day 8 — Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky

The Kamchatka Peninsula is part of the Eastern frontier of Russia. Due to its close proximity to the United States, the region has played a strategic role in the defense of Russian territory throughout modern history. As a result, the territory was closed for many years to foreigners and Russians alike. Fortunately, the region's isolated position played a significant role in preserving and protecting its unique wilderness and rich biodiversity. With few roads, most regional transportation is by plane, boat, or helicopter.

Day 10 — Attu Island, USA

On a world map Attu Island marks the westernmost point of the United States. It is also the site of the only WWII battle fought on North American soil. Over two thousand Japanese soldiers lost their lives at the aptly named Massacre Bay on Attu’s southeastern coast. Today the island is an ornithologist’s paradise visited by an array of birds migrating through as they come or go to Asia with the seasons. Peregrine Falcons, Lapland Longspur and Aleutian Canada Goose might be spotted in the summer months.

Day 11 — Kiska Harbor (Aleutian Islands)

Russian traders led by Vitus Bering in the mid-1700s would have been some of the first non-native explorers to visit Kiska Harbor on Kiska Island in the Aleutian chain. The Japanese occupied the island during WWII and relics of war have been left behind in the harbor including a Japanese two-man submarine. The occupying force of 6,000 soldiers also left a Shinto shrine behind whose remains can still be visited today. Ashore there are ptarmigans, Lapland Longspurs and Bald Eagles.

Day 13 — Seguam Island (Alaska)

Seguam Island is made up of several stratovolcanoes in the Andreanof Islands group in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. The island contains two calderas, one of them having erupted as recently as 1993. The mountainous oval-shaped island covers an area of just over 80 sq mi (200 sq km). The stark beauty of this remote island is offset by the chilly surrounding waters known for occasional whale sightings.

Day 14 — Dutch Harbor

The crumpled peaks, and tranquil scenery, of Dutch Harbor belies its history as one of the few places on American soil to have been directly attacked by the Japanese - who bombed the significant US military base here during the Second World War. Located on a string of islands, which loops down into the Pacific from Alaska, a visit to this Aleutian Island destination offers comprehensive military history, and extraordinary ocean scenery. Hike the volcanic, gloriously green landscapes, and look out for wonderful wildlife, like bald eagles, as they survey the surroundings.

Day 15 — Unga Island

The Aleutian island of Unga holds an ancient petrified wood forest and a more recent ghost town that was the site of a small gold rush in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The village was eventually abandoned in the 1960’s and now has a somewhat somber appearance. Many of the houses have collapsed and are overgrown with brilliant fuchsia fireweed wildflowers. From a distance the church looks intact, but up closer it is apparent that the roof is standing on the ground, and the walls have completely collapsed.

Day 16 — Castle Bay (Alaska)

Castle Bay lies immediately west of Tuliumnit or Castle Point. The rugged sandstone tower and pinnacle formations give the point and the bay their names. The bay is several miles long with a entrance about two mile wide.

Day 17 — Kodiak Island (Larsen Bay)

Larsen Bay is one of the hotspots of commercial and sports fishing on Kodiak Island’s western side. The village of Larsen Bay is home to one of the oldest standing canneries on Kodiak Island. Situated in a scenic valley at the mouth of a narrow fjord, the small village of Larsen Bay lies within Kodiak Island’s National Wildlife Refuge -which covers the southwestern part of Kodiak Island- and is the starting point for scenic flights over the mountainous island.

Day 18 — Chiswell Islands (Alaska) / Holgate Glacier (Alaska)

The Chiswell Islands are part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, and deservedly so. Small bays, inlets and sea cliffs are populated by innumerable seabirds including Black-legged Kittiwakes, Pelagic Cormorants, Horned and Tufted Puffins, as wells as guillemots, auklets and murrelets. The Chiswell Islands are blessed with towering cliffs and sea caves offering up spectacular scenery and a Steller sea lion rookery that bustles as the marine mammals commute to feeding grounds, socialize, and care for their pups.

Kenai Fjords National Park’s famous Holgate Glacier is a spectacularly active river of ice. The surrounding glaciated landscape paints a dramatic portrait of the rugged mountains in contrast to the cold blue ice of the glacier. On approach, the waters leading up to Holgate Glacier may be peppered with bits of ice and the crackling noise of ancient air bubbles being released from small bergs. Periodically loud cannon-like blasts emanate from the glacier, and some are accompanied by calving events off the ice front.

Day 19 — Seward (Anchorage, Alaska), United States of America

It is hard to believe that a place as beautiful as Seward exists. Surrounded on all sides by Kenai Fjords National Park, Chugach National Forest, and Resurrection Bay, Seward offers all the quaint realities of a small railroad town with the bonus of jaw-dropping scenery. This little town of about 2,750 citizens was founded in 1903, when survey crews arrived at the ice-free port and began planning a railroad to the interior. Since its inception, Seward has relied heavily on tourism and commercial fishing.

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   Owner's Suite
728 Sq Ft / 67 m² [Including private veranda (158 Sq Ft / 15 m²)]
Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Living room with sitting area • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom, with full-sized bath and separate shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Vanity table with hair dryer • Writing desk • Illy® espresso machine • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer’s table • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
   Grand Suite
618 Sq Ft / 57 m² [Including private balcony (86 Sq Ft / 8 m²)]
Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Living room with sitting area • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Vanity table with hair dryer • Writing desk • Illy® espresso machine • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer’s table • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices • Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment
   Silver Suite
422 Sq Ft / 39 m² [Including 2 French balconies (30 Sq Ft / 3 m²)]
Silver Suites can accommodate three guests
Two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest) • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Vanity table with hair dryer • Sitting area with writing desk • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer’s table
   Medallion Suite
400 Sq Ft / 37 m² [Including private balcony (86 Sq Ft / 8 m²)]
Balcony with wooden parquet and patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Vanity table with hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices • Afternoon canapés upon request • Dinner at officer’s table
   Veranda Suite
206-216 Sq Ft / 19-20 m² [Including a French balcony (16 Sq Ft / 1.5 m²)]
French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 2 simultaneous devices
   Vista Suite
192 Sq Ft / 18 m² with large picture window
Large picture window providing panoramic ocean views • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 1 simultaneous device
   View Suite
192 Sq Ft / 18 m² with view window
View Suites can accommodate young children on sofa bed
View window • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 1 simultaneous device
   Explorer Suite
175-190 Sq Ft / 16-18 m² with view window
View window • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 1 simultaneous device
   Adventurer Suite
157-167 Sq Ft / 14-15 m² with 2 portholes
Two portholes • Twin beds or queen-sized bed • Marbled bathroom with shower • Fitted wardrobe with personal safe • Sitting area with writing desk • Hair dryer • Unlimited WiFi Internet access for 1 simultaneous device

All suites feature:
• Butler service
• Refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences
• Pratesi® fine bed linens
• Plush Etro® bathrobe
• BVLGARI® bath amenities, plus a choice of other European brands
• A choice of pillows
• Alarm with iHome docking station
• Personalized stationery
• Umbrella
• Direct dial telephone(s)
• 220-volt outlets
• Unlimited, complimentary WiFi Internet access as per suite category
• Flat-screen television(s) with Interactive Media Library

Connecting Suites: 702/704, 703/705, 500/502, 501/503, 504/506, 505/507, 510/512, 511/513