‘Across the Top of the World’, Heritage Expeditions’ 15 day expedition to the polar wildlife sanctuary of Wrangel Island has been recognised as being as one of National Geographic Traveler’s ninth annual ’50 Tours of a Lifetime’.
Heritage Expeditions pioneered expedition cruising to the world’s most remote and biologically rich parts of the planet in the 1980s. Expeditions to Russia’s Wrangel Island have been running since 2007 with three expedition cruises on board the 50 berth Spirit of Enderby taking place every July and August.
Wrangel Island lies at the top of the world, 140 km off the northeast coast of Siberia. Untouched by glaciers during the last Ice Age and looking much as it did when woolly mammoths roamed the land, the Island is today best known for its population of polar bears.
Curious travellers can take the opportunity to travel across the interior of the island, a privilege few people have been lucky enough to experience. Exploring the interior of the island by six wheel Tundra vehicle for three days, the Overland Traverse is a photographer’s dream, with rolling tundra, incredible vistas and a range of wildlife including curious polar bears, stunning snowy owls, arctic foxes, musk oxen and more.
Explore this wildlife sanctuary with Heritage Expeditions. Cabins are still available for 2015, or register your interest for 2016 today. Voyages depart from Anadyr, Russia, with charter flights from Nome, Alaska or direct flights from Moscow available at additional cost. Berth prices from $11 200 USD per person.
For more information on Wrangel Island, including a photo gallery by National Geographic Photographer Sergey Gorshkov, please click on the links below.
Images: Wrangel Island Scenery and Walrus Haulout ©Ewen Bell, Polar Bear viewing ©KOvsyanikova