Kamchatka: Jewel of the Russian Far East

An unique 13 day expedition onboard M/V Spirit of Enderby exploring the seldom-visted eastern seaboard of Russia

The eastern seaboard of Russia dominates the North Pacific and yet very few people know anything about it, let alone have experienced it. This isolation has protected one of its most valuable assets - its wilderness and to some degree, its wildlife. On this journey we will make numerous landings to discover this untamed and beautiful landscape. The river mouths, fiords, bays and islands offer the natural history enthusiast, the photographer, the historian and travellers the most unique of opportunities. Come and discover the jewel that is the Russian Far East!

Includes

  • Pre/post cruise transfers
  • all on board ship accommodation
  • meals and all expedition shore excursions.

Excludes

  • All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities.
  • International/domestic flights
  • Visas and travel insurance.
Additional charges:
  • Local Payment $500.00 USD pp
  • Private charter flight Nome to Anadyr US$1,000 pp

Please note

Deposits - Reservations require a deposit of 25% at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 90 days of departure require full payment.
Final Payments - Balances are due 90 days prior to departure.
Cancellations - All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. Cancellations received 180 days or more prior to departure, are refunded less a $US750.00 per person administration fee. For cancellations received within 179 and 91 days of the embarkation date the full deposit will be forfeited. If cancellation occurs within 90 days prior to the departure date the total price is forfeited. If cancellation occurs within 90 days and full payment has not yet been received, the total price will still apply and any unpaid monies are due immediately. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance.
Booking Terms - Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Heritage Expeditions and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.

Full itinerary

Day 0: Nome
For those departing Nome, Alaska your adventure begins with a flight
across the Bering Sea and International Date Line, to the remote port
of Anadyr.

Day 1: Anadyr
All expedition members will arrive in Anadyr, the administrative
centre of the Chukotka region, and transfer to the Spirit of Enderby.

Day 2: Egvekinot
We spend the day in and around the town of Egvekinot on the shores of
Kresta Bay. The town was built by Gulag prisoners who were then forced
to construct a road to the mine. We explore the town which has an
excellent museum, the road and tundra as well as visit the Arctic
circle.

Day 3: Bukhta Gavrilla
This coastline is rich in marine mammals and one creature we will be
looking for, in particular, is the walrus. The bukhta (or bay) was
named after Commander Vitus Bering’s ship, the St Gabriel, of the
First Kamchatka Expedition. Behind the expansive beach there is a
lagoon we can explore for waterfowl and waders.

Day 4: Pika River and Meinypil’gyno
We start the day with a visit to the delta of Pika River – a well
known walrus haul out. Later in the day, we visit Meinypil’gyno, a
small settlement located on a 40km long shingle spit. It is a
traditional village although renovated under the recent Chukotka
government; we enjoy local hospitality from the village ensemble who
perform some of their traditional dances for us.

Day 5: Bukhta Natalii
Along the Koryak Coast there are many beautiful fiords (bukhtas or
bays) and none are more beautiful than Bukhta Natalii. This fiord has
two smaller fiords that drain into it from the south. We hike from one
bay to another whilst surrounded by the magnificent mountain
landscapes and tundra vegetation.

Day 6: Tintikun Lagoon
Much of the southern Govena Peninsula was recently made into a state
reserve. There are a number of fiords included in the reserve; one of
the most spectacular is Tintikun Lagoon which is one of the most
picturesque locations found anywhere in the world. A large population
of brown bears inhabits this area, if we are fortunate we should see a
number of them.

Day 7: Koryakskiy Reserve and Verhoturova Island
We will start the morning in Kamchatka Brown Bear country, an
undisturbed habitat within the Koryakskiy Reserve, where we will go
bear watching. Brown bears frequently visit this area which is
completely protected and rarely visited. In the afternoon we visit
Verkhoturova Island where Tufted and Horned Puffins, Pigeon, Common
and Brunnich’s Guillemots and also Parakeet and Least Auklets can be
seen. On nearby rocky islets there is a regular non-breeding haul out
of Steller Sea Lions.

Day 8: Karaginskiy Island
A few miles to the south of Verhoturova Island is the much larger
Karaginskiy Island. Here we encounter some of the first ‘forests’ of
the voyage. This is a change from the tundra that we have seen, a sure
sign that we are getting further south. Autumn is the best time for
the wild berries and we can marvel at the richness of the local flora,
as many of them should be at their best.

Days 9 to 10: Commander Islands
The wildlife-rich Commander Islands were first discovered by
Commander Vitus Bering when his ship was wrecked here in 1741. He
perished on the island along with many of his men. The reports from
those that survived led to a ‘fur rush’ and the settlement of the
islands. There are two large islands (Bering and Medny) with two
smaller islands Ariy Karmen and Toporkov. We intend to explore the
islands through a combination of landings and Zodiac cruises. We plan
to stop at the village of Nikolskoye. We visit the fur seal rookery at
North-West Cape and Zodiac cruise around the impressive bird colony at
Ariy Kamen. We will also possibly visit the gravesite of Commander
Vitus Bering or the remarkable Medny Island.

Day 11: Olga Bay
Olga Bay is a part of the very large Kronotskiy Reserve, which also
includes the world-famous Valley of the Geysers. The habitat has lush
Kamchatka forests coming right down to the beach. The area around Olga
Bay is frequented by large numbers of Gray Whales that are usually
quite friendly to visiting boats. The rising volcanoes in the
background will provide a beautiful setting to explore real Kamchatka
wilderness.

Day 12: Zhupanova River and Bukhta Bechevinskaya
This morning we make our way along the Zhupanova River by Zodiac.
This journey allows us to explore a river habitat which is common in
Kamchatka. Steller’s Sea Eagles are known to nest in the lower reaches
of the river.

Day 13: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy
During the night the Spirit of Enderby will enter Avacha Bay which is
one of the greatest natural harbours in the world. There will be a
complimentary transfer to the airport or to a central downtown hotel.

Enquire for a full itinerary.

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