Aurora Expeditions have introduced two new Russian voyages, Arctic Ocean Discoverer and Treasures of the Russian Far East to their 2012 program increasing their portfolio to six voyages to this vastly unexplored region.
Passengers will discover the world's highest density of polar bear dens, ice permitting, on Wrangel Island Nature Reserve, which also includes a traditional Inuit settlement. Arctic Ocean Discoverer departs Anadyr for Wrangel Island, via the Arakamchechen Archipelago, visiting World Heritage-listed Whalebone Alley and Chuckchi villages. Bering Strait, gateway to the Arctic, allows access to the rugged Chukotka coast, alive with migratory birds and exotic marine life.
If you would prefer brown bears, grey whales, stunning summer flowers and magestic volcanoes, come aboard Treasures of the Russian Far East. This exotic voyage delves deep into Chukotka’s fjords along the Koryakskiy Coast, from hikes to alpine lakes, bird cliffs and walrus haulouts. Discover abandoned fish factories, spectacular sea cliffs, albatross, Steller sea lions and fur seals, whilst Zodiac cruising.
Aurora Expeditions also offers passengers the rare chance to visit Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land on board their Voyage to the End of the Earth voyage. Access to these Arctic wonderlands has been restricted for decades, due to their military sensitivity. This region is diverse in marine life including walrus, whales, seals and polar bears. Plus, if you are keen to experience one of the planet’s greatest expeditions, join us on Across the North East Passage, an epic journey across nine time zones, six seas and one ocean. Aurora Expeditions were the first to cross the North East Passage in a passenger ice-strengthened vessel this 2011 season, making Russian history, on board Akademik Shokalskiy, led by expedition leader Howard Whelan.
Bering Sea Explorer, encompassing the Kamchatka and Chukotka coastline and the Commander Islands is another perfect voyage for brown bears, walrus and whales. Aurora Expeditions also recommends The Ring of Fire voyage for active volcanoes, hot springs, local villages, and abundant bird and wildlife.
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Aurora Expeditions offer small group, low impact experiences (maximum 54 passengers), flexible itineraries, educational lectures by expert staff, an ‘open bridge’ policy and numerous Zodiac landings, attracting adventurous souls keen to explore the unknown coastline of Russia.
Prices start from USD$8,450 per person. Prices valid from 3 August 2011. Subject to change and availability.
Earlybird offer – Book before 31 December 2011 and receive 10% off. (excluding the Across the North East Passage – Russian Coast voyage). Applicable for new direct 2012 Russian Coast bookings only. Only applicable for first 10 passengers per voyage. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.