ARCTIC RUSSIA EXPEDITION
August 15/27, 2020
ARCTIC RUSSIA – the adventure …
We are offering a very unique holiday into Russia’s Wildest Corner – Chukotka from South to North! A place that few outside visitors have experienced before and one of the wildest places in the world. This expedition takes you into Chukotka’s remotest, most exotic and beautiful corner – the Arctic Ocean coast around Vankarem. You will meet nomadic reindeer herders, traditional whale hunters, sea walrus colonies of up to 80,000, polar bears, hundreds of whales in one location, plus we visit colonies of millions of birds and much more.
All land costs are included for this unique adventure:
* All accommodation – The best available in each region. This is a wilderness expedition, so while your comfort will be a priority, accommodation will be warm but at times basic. It is part of the expedition adventure…
* All meals as per itinerary.
* All standard tips.
* Exclusive transport in special all terrain vehicles, plus domestic flights – Anadyr to Egvekinot and Egvekinot to Anadyr.
* The best local guides for safety and information.
* Professional photo guide. It is not a holiday for them!
* All drinks including standard beer, house wine and juices.
* All items as per itinerary, including airport transfers during the tour.
You just need to get yourself to and from the start and finish points. Julia is happy to help you with the best options.
Nothing delights the lens like striking contrasts of landscapes and nature, and Arctic Russia serves these up in abundance — vibrant and wild landscapes, captivating wildlife and fascinating people. We are offering locations that few outsiders have visited – all with expert local guides and your professional photo guide. The group size is limited to a maximum of 8!
Darran is one of the worlds most experienced photo guides. He guarantees to maximise your experiences and shoot opportunities and works hard with our local expert guides to find the best angles in rarely visited landscape locations. He also adds special subjects to shoot that no other tour offers. This is why we have many adventurers return again and again.
Itinerary to photo adventure …
DAY 1 – ANADYR
The tour starts today in the colourful town of Anadyr at 3pm. (Visit this Utube site – https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=1tK0D2ac2BY) Meet your fellow travellers, followed by a workshop to maximise your photo adventures to come. We enjoy our first group dinner tonight.
Accommodation: 3 Star accommodation – (D)
DAY 2 – ANADYR
Today, we take a boat across the river estuary that separates the airport from the town. Whales can often be spotted here, while seals and walrus often swim right up to the boat. Have your cameras ready! After lunch, we will have a city tour, during which we will visit local beauty spots, historical buildings, museums and workshops where local artisans carve ornaments from whale and walrus bones and reindeer antlers.
Accommodation: 3 Star accommodation – (B,L,D)
DAY 3 – ANADYR TO EVGEKINOT
Today we fly from Anadyr to Evgekinot, (this flight is included) a small isolated village on the Arctic Circle and one of the most scenically beautiful places in Chukotka. After lunch, we take a hike into the nearby hills for spectacular views over the bay. Look out for flowers. Your photo guide will maximise shoot opportunities.
Accommodation: Comfortable Log Cabin – (B,L,D)
DAY 4 – EVGEKINOT TO AMGUEMA
We travel 90km’s north on a dirt track to the even smaller village of Amguema, along one of Chukotka’s most scenically beautiful roads. This road was built entirely by gulag concentration camp prisoners. Along the way we will see the remains of barracks in which the prisoners lived and will pass the point where the International Date Line crosses the Arctic Circle. Amguema, population 500, is where the real expedition begins. From here, the roads are rough and often not visible at all. We continue into the tundra in an all-terrain vehicle and head out to an encampment of nomadic Chukchi reindeer herders. These people live in reindeer-fur tents called yarangas and migrate with their herds on reindeerdrawn sledges.
Accommodation: Overnight at the nomad camp.
DAY 5 – AMGUEMA TO VANKAREM
We travel further north by all-terrain vehicle until we reach the Arctic Ocean Coast and the totally isolated village of Vankarem, population 200, a tiny community of indigenous Chukchi on the Arctic Ocean coast, without a doubt, one of the hardest to reach places in Russia and even the world. On the way we may see Arctic fauna such as bears, gophers, foxes, etc. European Russians consider Siberia “out there.” Siberians consider the north east “out there.” People from the northeast consider Chukotka “out there.”
And in Chukotka, Vankarem is considered “out there,” a place completely cut off from the rest of the province, where time stands still. People here travel by dog sledge in winter and live traditionally by reindeer herding or sea mammal hunting. There are often enormous walrus rookeries right next to the village where up to 80,000 walrus can be seen together. Overnight in simple local homes. These may include share facilities and accommodation. It will depend on the limited accommodation available and we will book the best available.
DAYs 6/7/8/9 -VANKAREM REGION
During the first two days we will visit Kolyuchin, an island in the Arctic Ocean 70km from Vankarem. Here, as well as large walrus colonies, seals and polar bears, we will be able to observe one of the biggest bird colonies in the Eastern Arctic, where over a million birds will overpower you with their deafening cacophony and smell! This is truly one of the sights that leaves visitors breath taken, even more so than polar bears and walrus. Among the birds you will spot puffins, cormorants, guillemot, sandpipers, eiders, peregrine falcon, ducks, geese, petrels, kittiwake and many other types of gulls and other birds. Sometimes a flock of petrels will surround our boat, which looks like something out of the Alfred Hitchcock film “Birds”.
Many types of whales are constantly in the waters around Kolyuchin, including rorquals, humpbacks, gray whales and orcas. In some years you can see up to 100 fountains at a time from the shore of Kolyuchin island. We explore the area around Vankarem on foot and by motor boat. There is such a huge walrus rookery and polar bears nearby, often sleeping right next to the walrus they prey on. Sometimes the bears even come into the village, and the inhabitants are forced to drive them out by force. Our expert local guide makes sure that we are safe. As well as polar bears and walrus, during these days we may well also see whales shooting their fountains into the air not far from the shore, large seal colonies, long-tailed ground squirrels and birds such as Siberian eider and a variety of waders are subjects to photograph.
Please note that the program for these 4 days depends on the weather. We will use the best weather to explore the sea to Kolyuchin.
DAYs 10/11 – VANKAREM TO EGVEKINOT
We spend these two days returning south, stopping for new subjects and of course, in new light. Both your local guides and photo guide will maximise these two days.
DAY 12 – EGVEKINOT TO ANADYR
We fly today from Egvekinot and arrive in Anadyr and book into our accommodation. Final group dinner and a chance to tell a few tall stories.
Accommodation: 3 Star accommodation – (B,L,D)
DAY 13 – ANADYR – TOUR ENDS
You can depart today, but we would suggest that you book at least one more night so as to allow for any flight delays, or weather delays during your adventure.
PLEASE NOTE – Guests need to be prepared for the possibility of delays and itinerary changes. Flexibility will enable you to enjoy one of the most remote and exotic places in the world, where very few other tourists have visited. Group size is limited!
(B,L,D) – Confirms if – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner – are included that day.
Itinerary and price is subject to change.
PHOTO TOUR PRICE
AU$16.995 Twin Share per person
As per itinerary, with accommodation, meals, access to unique photo opportunities, small group size – local guide and driver and professional photo guide.
EVENT DEPOSIT REQUIRED – AU$3,000 pp.
Please read our terms & Conditions and fill in our booking form. You should now pay for travel insurance, including deposit protection insurance. Note that your deposit is refundable up to one year before departure, except for a $1,000 cancellation fee.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT – AU$1,450 pp.
Note that some nights on this tour are shared due to limited wilderness accommodation. We will try our best to find someone to share with you. However, part of the booking conditions is that a single supplement is applicable if no one is available to share.
THE COST INCLUDES
• All land tour costs as per itinerary.
• Accommodation is 3 star Hotel, with home stays, basic wilderness accommodation and lodge.
• Flights Anadyr to Egvekinot and Egvekinot to Anadyr
• All meals as detailed in the itinerary.
• Entrance fees to national park
• Professional photo guide
• Air tickets
• Personal expenses
• Items not included in the itinerary