Chukotka and Wrangel Island wildlife cruises, Russia

“Two weeks cruising through the Arctic waters of far Eastern Russia, this trip is a discovery of one of the world's last bastions of pure, undeveloped beautiful nature.”

Highlights

Anadyr | Anadyrskiy Bay | Preobrazheniya Bay | Yttygran | Nuneangan | Arakamchechen Islands | Whale Bone Alley | Cape Dezhnev | Uelen Village | Kolyuchin Island | Wrangel Island | Herald Island | North Siberian Coast | Kolyuchin Inlet | Bering Strait | Chukotka Coast

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Check dates

2017: 7 Aug, 21 Aug
Our top tip:
Be flexible - the Arctic weather will determine your landings.
Trip type:
Expedition cruise. Max. 50 people, min. age 18.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
12 nights single/twin cabin onboard the ship. Some ensuite.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single cabins available for a surcharge.
Meals:
All meals included.
Included:
Accomm., transport, listed activities, tour leader.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Chukotka and Wrangel Island wildlife cruises, Russia

Environment

In promoting conservation we highlight the importance of the Wrangel Island Nature Reserve and the work of international agencies to promote the park. The importance of the park for Arctic wildlife is discussed, as well as the effects of global warming on the High Arctic. Locals at the towns that we visit in Chukotka are contracted to provide transport, guiding, food and accommodation where required.
Conservation within the Russian Federation is discussed and the work of various agencies is highlighted. Every season in Russia, we work with local researchers at Wrangel Island, the Commander Islands and the Kamchatka and Koryak Coast to assist with their research and supply transportation to these remote areas.
All of our cetacean sightings are logged and sent back to researchers to assist with the conservation of these mammals.

With our emphasis on natural history, we work principally in unpopulated areas. We visit a number of nature reserves where we work very closely with the government agencies responsible for managing the reserves.

Tourism to this part of the world is relatively new, so we prepare clients/passengers in advance of their expedition by providing extensive pre-departure information on the region they will be visiting, highlighting conservation issues and providing background information on the history and, where applicable, customs, religion and politics of the region they will be visiting.

All waste generated on our expeditions is disposed of in a responsible manner. The vessel complies with MARPOL where possible and allowable we practice recycling, otherwise all non-recyclable waste is brought back for disposal at approved sites.

Our goal in managing our vessel is to minimise fuel consumption and emissions with regular servicing and a proactive maintenance programme. We annually clean and antifoul our vessel's hull to reduce the risk of biofouling. When selecting our specialist expedition equipment, we research this carefully to ensure that they are the most suitable and environmentally responsible.

Group sizes are kept small to minimize impact and enhance visitor experience.

Community

During our Russian Far East voyages we visit local historic sites, Wildlife Management Areas, and use local guides wherever possible to support the local knowledge-base and economy. We provide opportunities for passengers to meet with villagers and townspeople and learn about their unique culture and life in remote areas, and encourage respect of local customs and traditions.
In March 2016, we operated a conservation voyage in partnership with Forest & Bird to the Kermadec Islands where a portion of the voyage's profits go towards Forest & Bird's valuable conservation work. We have also operated a "Cruise for Conservation" to the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands and 5% of the fare is given to a specific conservation cause. The following agencies have benefited: Save the Albatross, Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust and Marine Mammal Research Trust. We have also raised money for the Last Ocean Charitable Trust.

Money is raised from the sale of photographs, books and DVDís onboard to support the reforestation of an area of native forest purchased by the company. The company employs a part-time Conservation Officer.

We partner with Enderby Trust to provide Scholarships for young people, who could not otherwise afford to travel, to join their expeditions. We also have active membership in a number of conservation and travel organizations, including IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators).

When a group visits a populated area a lot of care and attention is given to ensure that the interaction is meaningful and appropriate for both parties. Group sizes are kept small, local customs and traditions are respected and observed, and reasonable time is allocated to each visit. Passengers are encouraged to purchase local goods (always mindful of CITIES Agreements).

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