Set sail on a unique 15-day expedition cruise into Russia’s Far East with National Geographic Expeditions. Journey through the Bering Sea, and fall under the spell of this unique unspoiled and rarely visited region, home to an array of rich wildlife on land as well as in the sea. Sail the infamous Strait, the natural border that connects the Bering Sea to the Chukchi Sea, and is used at every summer by numerous Pacific walruses, the emblematic species of the Far North. Travel alongside seasoned National Geographic experts for a once in a lifetime adventure. Enjoy the vast and majestic expanse of the colourful tundra of Chukotka, located in one of the world’s most isolated regions and complete your journey in Kamchatka. Experience the spectacular volcanic landscape where you may be lucky enough to witness brown bears as well as many sea birds and marine mammals including whales, Steller sea lions, northern fulmars and Steller sea eagles.

This Expedition Cruise is onboard Ponant’s Le Soléal ship, part of the Sisterships fleet. View full details including deck plans and features onboard here.

Flight Seattle/Nome + transfers + Flight Petropavlovsk/Seoul

Trip highlights

A cruise to the heart of the pristine lands of the Russian Far East, discovering a breathtakingly beautiful natural region and the wildlife that lives there.

Encounter the Chukchi people who live in this remote wilderness and continue to practice local traditions including fishing, reindeer rearing and sled-racing.

Travel alongside a National Geographic photographer and expert who will enrich your expedition experience by conducting workshops, sharing their photography tips and recounting tales of their National Geographic assignments.

Explore the dramatic region of Kamchatka Peninsula, home to the largest active volcano in the northern hemisphere where magnificent scenery and wildlife can be found in abundance.

Itinerary - 15 Days

1 Nome, Alaska

Begin your expedition cruise in Nome, Alaska. Situated at the tip of the Seward Peninsula overlooking the Bering Sea, explore the rustic charm of this former gold-mining town, that is set within the heart of the magnificent wilderness.

Get to know the cities legacy of local traditions including fishing, reindeer rearing and sled-racing. Furthermore, don’t miss the spectacular Arctic fauna that can be found around the city and surrounding areas.

2-3 At Sea

Spend your time at sea and make the most of the amenities on board Le Soléal. Enjoy a relaxing massage in the onboard spa whilst gazing out to sea or take a dip in the swimming pool. You may be able to catch up with our onboard National Geographic Experts and Photographers as they give greater insight into the destination via communal workshops. Alternatively, venture to the upper deck to enjoy the spectacular scenery and you may be lucky enough to observe marine wildlife in the waters below.

4-6 Chukotka

Situated in the Russian Far East along the Bering Strait, Chukotka is one of the world’s most isolated regions. Made up of vast plains of tundra, which take on magnificent colours in summer, the region is the kingdom of the Chukchi, inhabited by indigenous people Chukchi, who have settled. Present on these lands for millennia, they are one of Eastern Siberia’s oldest communities and still live a subsistence lifestyle of fishing and hunting.

6-14 Kamchatka Peninsula

Home to the largest active volcano in the northern hemisphere, Kamchatka Peninsula is a must-visit destination boasting pristine habitats and abundant wildlife, despite being covered in snow for most of the year.

Dotted with over 200 volcanos, making up a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ‘land of fire and ice’ stretches over more than 1,000 km between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea. Made up of vast forests and prairies, islands, rivers and wetlands fed by glaciers located inland are home to many tens of thousands of Kamchatka brown bears and other rich biodiversity. The largest variety of salmon in the world can also be found in the river as well as many sea birds and marine mammals including guillemots, puffins, cormorants, Steller's eiders, Aleutian terns, Steller's sea eagle, Steller's sea lions and other species of sea lions, and whales.

15 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Complete your expedition cruise in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the oldest town in the Russian Far East. Established in 1740, when the ships Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul, captained by Vitus Jonassen Bering, the Danish explorer working for the Russian Navy first entered the bay.

Explore the Military Glory Museum and enjoy the spectacular view of the Petrovskaya Hill, which also has some surprises in store for you - don’t forget to admire the sumptuous views across the Avacha Bay from its summit. The bay’s circular shape creates a natural protection against the impetuous wind, all the while providing ships with easy access into port.

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