Chukotka & Kamchatka

Sylvia Earle Premium Arctic Expedition Ship
Sylvia Earle
132 Passengers
Starting 2022 Season

Enter a world of mystery and wonder, where 29 of more than 300 volcanoes are active, creating a dynamic landscape of immense beauty. Soak in coastal hot springs serenaded by thundering waterfalls. Zodiac cruise along black-sand beaches, where Kamchatka brown bears and cubs forage, and share swift rivers with Steller’s sea eagles diving on salmon. Visit the Commander Islands (‘South Georgia of the North Pacific’) where seabirds populate a breathtaking maze of arches and sea stacks. Red-legged kittiwakes, red-faced cormorants, parakeet and whiskered auklets and perhaps even laysan albatross are on show. Visit the grave of explorer Vitus Bering near waters bustling with sea lions, fur seals and busy sea otters, while orcas and humpback whales patrol the bays. In Chukotka enjoy tundra wildflowers, cliff-climbing bears and a warm welcome by reindeer herders and more.

Highlights
• Encounter Kamchatka’s abundant brown bears and their snuffling cubs feasting on spawning salmon against a backdrop of World Heritage-listed volcanoes.
• Enjoy meeting Koryaks of Tymlat village to nomadic Chukchi reindeer herders of the north as they welcome you with song, dance and stories of their life.
• Zodiac cruise up swift-flowing rivers in search of nesting Steller’s sea eagles, beneath cliffs aflutter with thousands of puffins, guillemots, auklets and kittiwakes, or amidst sea lions, orcas, humpback whales and sea otters.
• Delight in walks through stone birch forests and grassy meadows to wildflower and berry-laden tundra.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Anchorage
Day 2 Fly to Nome, embark the Sylvia Earle
Day 3 King Island, At Sea
Day 4 Provideniya, Yttygran Island
Day 5 Expedition Day: Arakamchechen Archipelago
Day 6 Gabriela Bay
Day 7 Anastasia Bay, Dezhneva Bay
Day 8 Glybokaya Bay, Natalia Bay, Bogaslov Island
Day 9 Lavrova Bay, Yuzhnaya Glubokaya, Govena Peninsula
Day 10 Tymlat Village, Soldatskaya Bay
Day 11 to 13 At Sea, Commander Islands
Day 14 Commander Islands
Day 15 Kamenistaya Bay, Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve Zhupanova River, Morzhovaya Bay
Day 16 Disembark in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy and fly to Tokyo
Day 17 Depart Tokyo, Japan

Day 1 — Anchorage

Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to our group hotel. At tonight’s voyage briefing, enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners.

Day 2 — Nome

Transfer to Anchorage airport, board our charter flight to Nome and embark the Sylvia Earle. After boarding, there’s time to settle into your cabin before our important safety briefings. This evening meet your expedition team and crew at the captain’s welcome dinner.

Day 3 — Bering Sea, King Island

As we pass through Bering Strait, separating Russia and North America by only 60 miles (100 km), we hope to see beluga and grey whales. Conditions permitting, we land at King Island and explore the eerie, ancient village Ukivok, now abandoned after a tragic run of events. Murres and kittiwakes frequent the surrounding sea cliffs. As we depart, we celebrate the voyage end with a farewell dinner.

Day 4 — Providenyia

Provideniya, ‘Gateway to the Arctic’, is Chukotka’s administrative center where we visit an excellent museum, enjoy a traditional Yupik dance performance and say goodbye to Russia.

Day 5 — Expedition Day

Weather dictates our plans today. We may visit Arakamchechen Island, home to guillemots, tufted puffins and crested auklets, where walrus haul out and gray whales stir the waters. Yttygran Island is home to the ancient Chukchi whaling camp where the remains of bowhead and gray whales stretch along the beach for nearly half a quarter mile, earning the name Whale Bone Alley.

Day 6 — Gabriela Bay

Explore Gabriel Bay’s wide river mouth and lagoon, classic stone tundra country dotted with cheery pale-blue blossoms of forget-me-not. We may encounter local Chukchi fisherman still living a traditional lifestyle, and inspect an abandoned polar weather station. Listen for the alarm whistle of ground squirrels, watch for brown bears, and offshore, beluga whales.

Day 7 — Dezhneva Bay, Anastasia Bay

Dezhneva Bay offers a coastal lagoon that’s heaven for birders. Keep your binoculars ready to spot white-fronted bean geese and nesting whooper swans. Other wildlife that you may encounter here include gray whales, walrus, reindeer, and brown bears. Encounter a walrus haulout in Anastasia Bay, also a great spot for birdlife, including bluethroat and Siberian rubythroat.

Day 8 — Glybokaya Bay, Natalia Bay, Bogaslov Island

Hike to hidden alpine lakes and gaze upon the dramatic glacier-carved valleys of Peter and Glybokaya bays. Golden rhododendron and dwarf azaleas carpet the tundra and if you listen carefully, you might hear the song of bluethroat. Zodiac cruise beneath Bogoslov Island’s cliffs where puffins, kittiwakes, guillemots and cormorants breed and climbing bears raid their nests, while walrus haul out nearby. Zodiac cruise below spectacular mountains rising above Natalia Bay.

Day 9 — Lavrova Bay, Yuzhnaya Glubokaya, Govena Peninsula

A Zodiac cruise along Govena Peninsula reveals the broad fjord of Lavrova Bay and the narrower Yuzhnaya Glubokaya where bears often visit the abandoned herring factory. Orcas and Bryde’s whales frequent surrounding waters and an afternoon walk reveals succulent roseroot, magenta-colored pixie eyes, and cheery purple-blue of Jacob’s ladder and chance sightings of Arctic hare. Continue past waterfalls to a glacial moraine and a spectacular vista of the rugged Pylginsky Range.

Day 10 — Tymlat Village, Soldatskaya Bay

At Tymlat village, Koryak reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters warmly greet us with an amazing cultural performance of dance and game that ultimately includes those of us who wish to take part. Time permitting, we get a glimpse of life in one of Kamchatka’s more remote coastal villages. We land on the terraced, uplifted coastline of Soldatskaya Bay, and search out endangered seabirds like the long-billed murrelet.

Days 11 to 13 — Commander Islands

Spectacular bird cliffs, arches and stacks signal our arrival to the Commander Islands. Pay tribute to explorer Vitus Bering at his grave and memorial. On both land and sea, the wildlife abundance is staggering. At Peregegrebnaya Bay we visit red-legged and black-legged kittiwake rookeries; spot albatross and whales at Cape Monati, and at Ariy Kamen be surrounded by thousands of guillemots. Tufted Puffin Rock speaks for itself. At Nikolskoye village, the Aleut community entertains us with lively performances and a fascinating museum. As we return to the Kamchatka coast, our team of experts share enthusiastic, informative talks on the on the adventures that await us.

Day 14 — Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve, Kamenistaya Bay

Soak in soothing hot springs of Kamenistaya Bay and trek lowlands covered in cottongrass, aspens and birch. Kronotskiy Biosphere Reserve offers stunning (active) volcanoes, Eurasia’s greatest concentration of brown bears, Steller sea lions, fur seals and a range of whales. Keep your binocular focussed for geese, loons and perhaps the spoon-billed sandpiper.

Day 15 — Zhupanova River, Morzhovaya Bay

Wake to the wild beauty of Kamchatka’s east coast. We Zodiac cruise the salmon-rich Zhupanova River, dodging rippling shallows to look for brown bears and magnificent Steller’s sea eagles. Remnant snow fields dot surrounding mountains as we watch for harbor seals in Morzhovaya Bay.

Day 16 — Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy & Tokyo

Disembark in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, farewell your expedition team and crew, and transfer to the airport and board our charter flight to Tokyo, where we spend the night.

Day 17 — Depart Tokyo

Enjoy free time until check-out before continuing your journey.

Note: In the spirit of expedition travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather, sea, pack-ice and other conditions beyond our control.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Some activities require experience.

Optional Activities: Kayaking- Kamchatka & Chukotka, Chukotka & Kamchatka ($940), Kuril Islands ($870). Photography Free. Snorkeling- Chukotka & Kamchatka ($650), Kuril Islands ($580).

Gratuities for ship crew included.

Mandatory Emergency Evacuation Insurance Required. All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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Cabin Descriptions

         Captain's Suite *
480 Sq Ft / 44.5 m² including balcony
Deck 4
The largest of all our rooms, the singular Captain's Suite will take you to the polar regions in ultimate style and comfort. Complete with large lounge area, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite.
Twin or king bed • Private en-suite • Full size window • Desk area • Closet space • Private balcony • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • Separate lounge area • 42" flat-screen TV
         Junior Suite *
450-470 Sq Ft / 42-43.5 m² including balcony
Deck 7
The four Junior Suites take in some impressive scenery from their vantage points on Deck 7. When you aren't enjoying a landing, you can relax in the suites' separate lounge area, or just watch the world float by from the private balcony.
Twin or king bed • Private en-suite • Full size window • Desk area • Closet space • Private balcony • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • 42" flat-screen TV • Separate lounge area
         Superior Balcony Stateroom
300-405 Sq Ft / 28-37.7 m² including balcony
Decks 4 and 6
With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Balcony Stateroom Superior cabins are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. The Staterooms feature floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area. Some of these rooms are equipped with wheelchair accessible bathrooms.
Twin or double bed • Private en-suite • Full size window • Desk area • Closet space • Private balcony • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • 42" flat-screen TV
         Balcony Stateroom-A, Balcony Stateroom-B, Balcony Stateroom-C
225-270 Sq Ft / 21-24.8 m² including balcony
Decks 4 & 6
Our 23 Balcony Stateroom–A cabins are our premium cabin, and the most abundant on board. These cabins are located in preferred positions which provide easy access between decks via the internal stairs or elevator.
Our 17 Balcony Stateroom–B Cabins are our standard cabin, many fitted with interconnecting features making them great for families or groups.
Our 11 Balcony Stateroom–C cabins are our most economical, fitted with all the necessities, and comfortable for up to 2 people.
Twin or double bed • Private En-suite • Floor to ceiling window • Desk area • Closet space • Private balcony • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • 42" flat-screen TV
      Superior Stateroom
215-240 Sq Ft / 20-22.3 m²
Deck 7
With a bit more room to stretch the legs, the Aurora Stateroom Superior are perfect for polar adventurers who travel with plenty of gear. The Staterooms feature french balconies, floor to ceiling windows, en-suite bathrooms and a comfortable desk area.
Twin or double bed (Three twin beds in Triple) • Private En-suite • Porthole window • Desk area • Closet space • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • 42" flat-screen TV
         Aurora Stateroom  Twin & Triple (on select voyages)
170-245 Sq Ft / 16.1-22.8 m²
Deck 3
There are two Aurora Stateroom Twin / Triple cabins each featuring portholes and private en-suites. They're close to the mudroom and loading platforms, perfect for adventurers who are looking for a comfortable base that's close to the action. NOTE: There are only 2 possible triple cabins — availability is very limited.
Twin or double bed (Three twin beds in Triple) • Private En-suite • Porthole window • Desk area • Closet space • Room-controlled thermostat • Safe for storing valuables • 42" flat-screen TV

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      Suite benefits include:
• One free pair of binoculars per suite
• 1-hour spa treatment (per person)
• Free stocked mini bar (Balcony & Junior stocked once, Captain’s replenished as needed)
• Gratuities/tips for crew included to the value of $15 per person per day
• 1 free bottle of champagne per suite