Russian Far East: May-Sept 2022

Working with our sister brand, WildWings, we are delighted to offer some spectacular cruises in this remote part of the world. Although very poorly known to most Westerners, the Russian Far East is surprisingly easy to get to from the UK and offers some truly incredible wildlife spectacles including opportunities to see both Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Steller’s Sea-eagle on their nesting grounds.

The region is also ‘world HQ’ for auk diversity with up to 16 species possible on some voyages. The concentrations when the birds return to their colonies in the evenings are amongst the most amazing avian experiences anywhere on Earth with spectacular colonies of millions of Least and Crested Auklets.

 

During the Northern summer, the expedition ship run by our recommended operator, Heritage Expeditions, offers a series of itineraries which explore this vast and remote coastline covering Kamchatka, the Kuril Islands, the Sea of Okhotsk, Chukotka, and remote Wrangel Island. The species that are seen over the course of a season is truly exceptional and includes an incredible list of highly desirable species. Out on the water, Spectacled and Steller’s Eiders, Red-legged Kittiwake, Aleutian Tern, Long-billed and Kittlitz’s Murrelets, Whiskered, Crested, Least, Rhinoceros and Parakeet Auklets, Tufted and Horned Puffins, Spectacled Guillemot, Laysan, Black-footed and Short-tailed Albatrosses are all possible, whilst landbirds include Black-billed Capercaillie, Japanese Bush Warbler, Eastern Crowned Warbler, Sakhalin and Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warblers, Brown-headed Thrush, Japanese Robin, Siberian Rubythroat, Taiga Flycatcher, Siberian and Japanese Accentors, Pechora Pipit, Pine Grosbeak, Asian and Grey-crowned Rosy Finches, Long-tailed Rosefinch and Yellow-breasted, Black-faced and Japanese Grey Buntings.

 

For those wanting to see Polar Bears, remote Wrangel Island, unquestionably, offers some of the best opportunities anywhere in the Arctic with the ship’s sightings including a world record of 241 individual bears around a whale carcass. Other wildlife in this amazing region includes Bowhead Whale, Orca, Arctic Fox and Brown Bear so whatever your wildlife interest, this is definitely somewhere to visit.

 

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