Alaska expedition cruise

Nome, Alaska To Nome, Alaska

Fares from €16,290 per guest

The beauty of a pod of whales and splendour of the majestic Polar Bear plunging for prey are never to be forgotten. The widest of all the Arctic Ocean shelf seas, the East Siberian Sea is a rare chance to witness nature in all her raiments. Beautiful tundra walks in almost infinite daylight, cultural demonstrations, and exceptional birding will make this voyage a life changing experience.

Silver Explorer

7816 - Nome to Nome

Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.  A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.

Nome Alaska

Nome Alaska Wednesday 25 Jul
Depart 5:00 PM

 
Nome is located on the edge of the Bering Sea, on the southwest side of the Seward Peninsula. Unlike other towns which are named for explorers, heroes or politicians, Nome was named as a result of a 50 year-old spelling error. In the 1850’s an officer on a British ship off the coast of Alaska noted on a manuscript map that a nearby prominent point was not identified. He wrote “? Name” next to the point.
Date Line

Date Line – lose a day
Thursday 26 Jul

Provideniya
Provideniya locals Friday 27 Jul
Arrive: 10:30 AM, Depart 4:30 PM
Provideniya is a former Soviet military port at the southern limit of the Arctic ice pack. With slightly less than 2000 inhabitants, many of whom are Yupik, it is the largest town and administrative center of the Providensky District. Started as a depot for the Northeast Passage traffic, it now is a port of entry to the Russian Far East and since the decline of the Soviet Union eco-tourism has boosted the local economy. The town has a Technical School and a fascinating museum with interesting and well-presented exhibits about the natural history and wildlife of the region.
Cape Dezhnev

Cape DezhnevSaturday 28 Jul
Arrive: 7:30 AM, Depart 11:30 AM

Located between the Chuchki Sea and the Bering Sea, Cape Dezhnev comprises the easternmost mainland point in all of Eurasia. The cape was originally named East Cape by Captail James Cook, but has since been renamed for Semyon Dezhnev, the first recorded European to round its peninsula. The cape is the edge of a rocky headland with steep, carved-looking cliffs. Ashore can be found one of Russia’s most famous lighthouses and the monument honouring Dezhnev. The cape was a center for trade between American and European whalers, as well as fur traders.
Uelen Village
Uelen VillageSaturday 28 Jul
Arrive: 1:45 PM, Depart 6:30 PM
Located north of Cape Dezhnev in Chukotka along the Bering Strait, the small coastal village of Uelen is the furthest east settlement in all of Eurasia (and is also the closest Russian settlement to the United States). The village is near the Uelen Lagoon and is known by the local Yupik as “Land’s End,” and has a population of around 700 inhabitants. When during soviet times it had been decided to abandon many of the smaller settlements in favor of larger consolidated ones, Uelen was chosen as one of the four villages to take in the inhabitants of other settlements.
Kolyuchin Bay

Kolyuchin BaySunday 29 Jul
Arrive: 7:30 AM, Depart 0:30 PM

Kolyuchin Bay is a large bay on the Chukchi sea on the northern shore of the Chukotka Peninsula in Russia. In 1793 the bay was named Count Bezborodko Bay in honor of a Russian Statesman, but was renamed after nearby Kolyuchin Island because locals could not get accustomed to Bezborodko. Kolyuchin Bay is a huge tidal estuary area made for hiking and exploring. From the boat shorebirds can be seen, while on the tundra visitors might spot ground squirrels as well as larger mammals; even brown bears are said to have been seen occasionally. Bowhead whales can sometimes be spotted around the island.
Kolyuchin Island

Kolyuchin IslandSunday 29 Jul
Arrive: 3:45 PM, Depart 8:00 PM

Kolyuchin Island is a small island in the Chukchi Sea that is uninhabited and covered with tundra vegetation. The island is the site of a famous rescue operation after a Russian icebreaker was crushed by ice nearby. Located close to the Siberian shore this island has been used as the base for a now-abandoned meteorological station at its western end, while walrus hunters had a few huts on the eastern side. The island has steep, dramatic bird cliffs teeming with Pelagic Cormorants, Thick-billed Murres and kittiwakes.
Day at sea

Day at SeaMonday 30 Jul

While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.
Ayon Island

Ayon Island Tuesday 31 Jul
Arrive: 9:00 AM, Depart 5:00 PM

Ayon Island is located off the coast of Chukotka at the eastern end of the Kolyma Gulf. Its size of 2,000 square kilometres permits the small local Chukchi population to herd reindeer. The local population welcomes the rare visitor with warmth and hospitality. The village of Ayon has a school with a museum that was put together by the children of the school. Displayed are mammoth tusks, stuffed birds and some Paleo Eskimo artifacts. The Russian polar station on Ayon Island is one of the few meteorological stations still in use and is staffed by 12.
Medvezhie Islands
Medvezhile IslandsWednesday 01 Aug
Arrive: 5:30 AM, Depart 8:00 PM
Also known as Bear Islands, the Medvezhyi are an uninhabited group of islands at the western side of the Gulf of Kolyma in the East Siberian Sea. It is not so much the bears, but the flora and geology that make these six islands stand out. This is a commercial fishing area despite the existence of fast ice that surrounds the islands during much of the year. On Chetyrokstolbovoy Island, flowers, lichen, mosses and mushrooms are abundant.
Day at sea

Day at SeaThursday 02 Aug

While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.
Dmitriy Lapev Strait
Dmitriy Lapev Strait Friday 03 Aug
Arrive: 5:30 AM, Depart 10:30 AM
The Dimitri Laptev Strait connects the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea and separates the Siberian mainland from the Lyakhovsky Islands (part of the New Siberian Islands). The Laptev Strait is named after Russian Arctic explorer and Vice Admiral Dmitry Yakovlevich Laptev, whose crew were the first Russians to live amongst the area’s indigenous population (who in turn were instrumental in the crew’s survival of a difficult winter). On Great Lyakovsky Island’s southeastern side is a meteorological station, and the island is quite famous for its cliffs, landscape and fossil finds.
Lyakhovsky Island

Lyakhovsky Island Friday 03 Aug
Arrive: 3:30 PM, Depart 8:00 PM

The Lyakhovsky Islands are the southernmost group of the New Siberian Islands, which are located along the Dimitri Laptev Strait that connects the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea. The New Siberian Islands had already been seen and visited in the early 18th century by Russian explorers. On Lyakovsky’s southeastern side is a meteorological station, and was featured in two Jules Verne novels (referred to as the Liakhov Islands) in the late 19th century. The Lyakhovsky Islands are known by avid explorers for their cliffs, landscape and fossil finds.
Day at sea

Day at SeaSaturday 04 Aug

While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.
Ice Edge Cruising

Sunday 05 Aug
Arrive: 5:30 AM

Imagine being surrounded on all sides by glistening sea ice on top of dark, frigid waters. The sound of the ship’s bow crunching through the crusty rime carries on the crisp air with a resounding echo. Perhaps in the distance the expedition team spots an inconsistency of color on the ice – a vaguely yellow patch against the bright white of the snow. Excitement on deck grows as the ship draws closer, and with baited breath it becomes obvious to all aboard that a polar bear is plodding along, jumping from floe to floe, in its eternal quest for the next meal.
Expedition De Long Islands
Expedition De Long Islands Monday 06 Aug
Arrive: 9:00 AM, Depart 6:00 PM
The small De Long Islands are an uninhabited archipelago north of the New Siberian Islands and are covered partially by claciers. Both the De Long Islands and New Siberian Islands were hills of the Great Arctic Plain. The De Long Islands are some of the last-discovered islands in the East Siberian Sea and received their name through the ill-fated American expedition led by De Long on the Jeannette. Although discovered by De Long and claimed for the US in 1881, these islands – as they are not part of Alaska – are part of Russia.
Day at sea

Day at SeaTuesday 07 Aug

While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.
Ushakova Cape, Wrangel Island

Ushakova Cape, Wrangel IslandWednesday 08 Aug
Arrive: 0:30 PM, Depart 11:00 PM

Located in the Arctic Ocean between the Chukchi Sea and East Siberian Sea, Wrangel Island is worth a longer visit to experience the Arctic wildlife that resides here. This protected nature area and UNESCO World Heritage Site has the largest amount of polar bears and apparently was the last place where woolly mammoth roamed. The name of the island goes back to the search for land north of the Chukchi Peninsula by Ferdinand von Wrangel, who went in search of the island with coordinates but did not find it on his first expedition.
Cape Florens, Wrangel Island

Cape Florens, Wrangel IslandThursday 09 Aug
Arrive: 5:30 AM, Depart 11:30 AM

Cape Florens is located on the less icy northeast edge of Wrangel Island. This bay offers access to tundra nature walks, where visitors will tread upon permafrost and be able to explore the diverse and beautiful vegetation, including shrubs, sedges, grasses, mosses and lichens. This protected nature area and UNESCO World Heritage Site has a large amount of polar bears, which might be spotted if the timing is right.
Cape Blossom, Wrangel Island
Cape Florens, Wrangel IslandThursday 09 Aug
Arrive: 3:00 PM, Depart 11:00 PM
Visit the place where photographers take their archetypal Arctic photos. Wrangel Island is a protected nature reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site that can be accessed from multiple capes and bays, including Cape Blossom. This cape is the site of a Russian polar station made famous through the work of Nikita Ovsiannikov, a Russian polar bear scientist. This exposed area on the western shore of Wrangel Island is also known for its walrus congregations. Visitors cruising the bay should keep their eyes open for whales, walrus, polar bears and seabirds.
Krasin Bay, Wrangel Island
Krasin Bay Wrangle IslandFriday 10 Aug
Arrive: 5:30 AM, Depart 11:30 AM
Krasin Bay is one of several landing points to explore Wrangel Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site rich with Arctic vistas and wildlife. Most noteworthy that can be seen from Krasin Bay are the remains of ancient inhabitants of Wrangel Island, a 3,400 year old Paleo-Eskimo camp. In addition, nature trekking to look for land mammals, birds and the varied flora is recommended. Wildlife sightings may include walrus, musk oxen, and possibly even polar bears.
Cape Waring, Wrangel Island
Cape Waring, Wrangel IslandFriday 10 Aug
Arrive: 5:00 PM, Depart 10:00 PM
Cape Waring is a dramatic approach to Wrangel Island, an important nature reserve on the Chukchi Sea and a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Arctic beauty and diverse wildlife and flora. Sail between blue and white ice floes, approaching a rocky cliff covered in seabirds and hugged by low-lying clouds. The ice floes are a favorite hang-out spot for walrus as well as seabirds such as Brunnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres), petite and hearty black-and-white water birds.
Day at sea

Day at SeaSaturday 11 Aug

While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.
Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs
Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs Sunday 12 Aug
Arrive: 1:00 PM, Depart 6:00 PM
To the Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs. We will go ashore by Zodiac, will enter a small lagoon and hike across tundra and some rolling hills to reach a stream with some hot springs. You can choose to either enter a small pool prepared by the local fishermen, or to go into the stream.
Date Line

Date Line – gain a day
Thursday 26 Jul

Provideniya
Provideniya locals Friday 27 Jul
Arrive: 10:30 AM, Depart 4:30 PM
Provideniya is a former Soviet military port at the southern limit of the Arctic ice pack. With slightly less than 2000 inhabitants, many of whom are Yupik, it is the largest town and administrative center of the Providensky District. Started as a depot for the Northeast Passage traffic, it now is a port of entry to the Russian Far East and since the decline of the Soviet Union eco-tourism has boosted the local economy. The town has a Technical School and a fascinating museum with interesting and well-presented exhibits about the natural history and wildlife of the region.
Nome Alaska

Nome Alaska Wednesday 25 Jul
Depart 5:00 PM

 
Nome is located on the edge of the Bering Sea, on the southwest side of the Seward Peninsula. Unlike other towns which are named for explorers, heroes or politicians, Nome was named as a result of a 50 year-old spelling error. In the 1850’s an officer on a British ship off the coast of Alaska noted on a manuscript map that a nearby prominent point was not identified. He wrote “? Name” next to the point.

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