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Expedition to Wrangel Island and Chuckchi Peninsula: Explorers Wanted for Untamed Wilderness
Nome, Alaska Round trip
MS Hanseatic - July 28 - August 13, 2014
 
Voyage HAN1413

5% early booking discount if booked before December 15, 2013!

Even if you have travelled to the extremes of the earth, you will be treading new ground on this expedition premiere with the HANSEATIC. Set course for the Chukchi Peninsula and its unknown coasts to the east and north – for some intensive wildlife observations and exciting insights into the lives of the indigenous people. Your expeditionary experiences intensify still further as the ship first heads towards the legendary Wrangel Island. A Russian prohibited zone for many decades and scarcely accessible even today due to the icy conditions, this is true pioneering territory in the most magnificent natural setting.

Date Destination
Mon28-Jul-2014 Vancouver - Overnight stay with breakfast
Tue29-Jul-2014 Charter flight to Nome/Alaska/USA, departure 24.00 hrs
Wed30-Jul-2014 Relaxation at sea
Thu31-Jul-2014 Crossing the International Date Line (one day will be lost)
Fri01-Aug-2014 - 05-Aug-2014 Chukchi Peninsula/Russia (incl. Provideniya, Janrakynnot , Lorino , Kolyuchinskaya Bay , Kolyuchin Island , Cape Vankarem )
Expansive Wilderness on the Chukchi Peninsula 
Look forward to fantastic expeditionary territory: the expansive, pristine Chukchi Peninsula in remotest north-east Russia. The HANSEATIC is one of the few ships that head for not only the eastern but also the northern coast of the peninsula – for unforgettable days filled with expedition experiences and pioneering spirit. Its wild coasts are home to whales, sea birds, walruses and seals, which you will see from close quarters on exciting Zodiac rides and landings. Just as spectacular as the close-up wildlife observations are the insights into the culture of the Chukchi people who, for many generations, have cultivated their nomadic traditions and live off hunting and trapping as well as reindeer breeding. The small museum in Provideniya holds interesting exhibits on the culture and nature of the peninsula, perfectly setting the mood for the days to come. As you head towards Janrakynnot, you may see some majestic grey whales. Both there and in Lorino, you will gain fascinating insights into everyday life and the traditions of the Chukchi people before you follow in the footsteps of great discoverers with the HANSEATIC en route through the Bering Strait. Far away from the customary routes, you will be setting course for regions that are only seldom visited, such as the expansive Kolyuchinskaya Bay. On the flat sandbanks, emperor geese can often be spotted, while whales and seals roam the seas. Keep a lookout here, too, for rare yellow-billed loons, snow geese and eider ducks. In the lagoon lies Kolyuchin Island, its steep cliffs a nesting site for guillemots, cormorants and puffins. With luck you may even get your first sighting here of polar bears ... Continue your breathtaking wildlife observations at Cape Vankarem, when – accompanied by skuas and Arctic terns – you hike with the experts across the flat headlands, and perhaps come across a walrus or two.
Wed06-Aug-2014 - 09-Aug-2014 Wrangel Island/Chukchi Sea
Wrangel Island: Little-Known UNESCO World Natural Site 
The very approach is beyond compare – now for the first time, the HANSEATIC sets course for the deserted coasts of Wrangel Island which, even in summer, is often surrounded by a thick belt of drift ice. Look forward to exciting hours on deck when the ship, with its ice-proofed hull, inexorably clears a channel that leads you directly into a pioneering adventure. Polar bears hunting for seals can often be seen on the belt of drift ice. The HANSEATIC will stay here for four intensive days as you explore the most beautiful aspects of Wrangel Island. On numerous Zodiac rides and landings you will get to know this isle of rugged beauty so often shrouded in fog – a mystic, unforgettable atmosphere. Wrangel Island is the only Arctic island that is not covered by glaciers, although there are impressive mountain ranges that rise to heights of up to 1,100 metres in its interior. Fossil findings confirm that this was one of the last refuges for the mammoth.
When you tread this new ground, you cannot help but be amazed at the lushly flowering tundra whose lichens, mosses and ferns weave a kaleidoscopic tapestry such as you would never anticipate in the Arctic. The island has been a UNESCO World Naturals Site since 2004. The wildlife here, too, will cast its spell. Steep rocks form the nesting site for numerous species of birds, while far-ranging hikes through the tundra offer you the opportunity to feast your eyes on the fantastic massifs and scan the vast, still landscape for musk oxen, reindeer and polar bears.
Sun10-Aug-2014 Relaxation at sea
Mon11-Aug-2014 - 12-Aug-2014 Chukchi Peninsula (Cape Deschnyow, cruising off Big Diomede, Yittigran Island) Crossing the International Date Line (gain a day)
Grand finale between the Continents 
Still overwhelmed by your experiences on Wrangel Island, you reach the north-easterly extremity of the Eurasian land mass. In good weather, you can even see as far as Alaska from Cape Deschnyow. Travel between the Old and New worlds as the HANSEATIC takes you past the Diomede Islands, a good spot for sighting walruses: Big Diomede belongs to Russia, Little Diomede to the USA – and the International Date Line runs exactly between the two. Finally, on Yittigran Island you will encounter an impressive avenue of whale jaw bones. A masterpiece of Arctic art – and the last highlight on an unforgettable expedition teeming with highlights.
Tue12-Aug-2014 Nome/Alaska/USA, Arrival 19.00 hrs - Overnight stay on board
Wed13-Aug-2014 Disembarkation

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition on the Amazon. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the local conditions.


 

Deck  Cabin Type Deck

Price In USD (per person)

1 Two-berth, outside Guarantee

$11,280

2 Two-berth, outside Amundsen

$12,280

Single occupancy Amundsen

$16,600

3 Two-berth, outside Explorer

$13,770

4 Two-berth, outside Marco Polo

$14,260

Single occupancy Marco Polo

$19,560

5 Two-berth, outside Explorer

$14,750

6 Two-berth, outside¹ Bridge

$16,240

7 Suite¹ Bridge

$22,180

8 Sofa bed in Cat. 3 Explorer

$9,300

  

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