Antarctica & Arctic
Nearly circumnavigating the Bering Sea, this wide-ranging voyage explores one of the most rugged and wildlife-rich regions of the planet.
Destinations > Alaska > Across the Bering Sea
21 nights cruise accommodation, meals as indicated, excursions, services of Lindblad expedition leaders, bar tab & gratuities
14 Jun & 17 Jul '20
Spot coastal brown bears and be awed by the abundance and variety of marine mammals and seabirds. Explore the shorelines and waters of Katmai National Park, visit the remote Aleutian Islands and cross the Bering Strait on this small ship expedition cruise.
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Pristine Zhupanova River
An array of marine mammals
Vitus Bering's gravesite
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Arrive in Anchorage and transfer to Seward to embark National Geographic Orion in the late afternoon. (D)
Spend two days exploring the shorelines and waters of coastal Katmai National Park & Preserve, observing and photographing its abundant brown bear population. Explore Geographic or Hidden Harbors and Kukak Bay by ship, Zodiac, or kayak. (B)(L)(D)
See day two for more details. (B)(L)(D)
Watch from deck as Orion transits Baby Pass en route to the Baby Islands, just to the east of Unalaska. Dynamic tides here offer exciting potential to spot sea otters and fur seals, as well as rare seabirds. Arrive at Dutch Harbor, site of a fierce WWII battle and now one of the world’s most important fishing ports. (B)(L)(D)
See day four for more details. (B)(L)(D)
These rugged and remote volcanic islands, which separate the North Pacific from the Bering Sea, support vast colonies of seabirds, and marine mammals such as northern fur seals, Steller sea lions, and a variety of whales. WWII history buffs will recognize names like Attu and Kiska, islands we’ll explore during these days. (B)(L)(D)
See day six for more details. (B)(L)(D)
After crossing the International Date Line, sail into the protected waters of Avacha Bay, and dock at the gateway to Kamchatka. Be on deck for the approach, as Koryaksky, Avachinsky, and Kozelsky volcanoes provide a stunning backdrop to this port city. (B)(L)(D)
This immaculate waterway in Kamchatka is teeming with enormous rainbow trout, salmon and char. Explore the lower river by Zodiac, in search of one of the world’s largest raptors, plus numerous wading birds, waterfowl, and spotted seals hauled out on sandbars. (B)(L)(D)
Watch for whales, large rafts of sea otters, and countless nesting seabirds that inhabit the rich waters surrounding the Commander Islands. On land, visit the gravesite of Danish explorer Vitus Bering. Weather permitting, take Zodiacs to the fur seal rookery at Cape Severo-Zapadnyi. (B)(L)(D)
See day 13 for more details. (B)(L)(D)
There’s much to explore as we make our way up the seldom-visited east coasts of Kamchatka and Chukotka, in far eastern Siberia. Hike from one bay to the next, surrounded by volcanic mountains and tundra plants. Photograph brown bears, walruses feeding, and three species of seals in rookeries onshore. Learn about Koryak reindeer-herding culture in either Tymlat or Ossora village. (B)(L)(D)
See day 15 for more details. (B)(L)(D)
Provideniya is often called “The Gateway to the Arctic”. It’s also the administrative centre where we will conduct our outbound learance from Russia. Visit the excellent museum, and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance. (B)(L)(D)
Spend the final day at sea, crossing one of the most iconic bodies of water on the planet. Linger on deck with binoculars in hand—the chances are high to spot whales and rare seabirds. (B)(L)(D)
Disembark in Nome this morning, transfer to the airport for flights to Anchorage and onward. (B)
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