Russian Far East

Russian Far East

Overview

Russia is a huge country, covering nine time zones. In Chukotka – the north-eastern most region of Russia, they have a saying “God is a long way up there, but Moscow is even further away” that is true in so many respects. The Russian Far East is unique, the culture, the climate, the history, the wildlife; it is a world away from the Russia you might have explored.

At Heritage Expeditions we have had a long association with the Russian Far East. Since 1993 when we began chartering our ship from this region, we listened to our crew’s accounts of the magnificent wildlife and wilderness so eight years ago decided to see the Far East of Russia for ourselves. The stories were true! The Russian Far East is an incredibly amazing place and we are eager to share it with like-minded adventurers. Travellers who are looking for a genuine experience, a journey not a tour, a destination which hasn’t been organised and commercialised, a wilderness where we must travel on nature's terms and not on timetables. We pioneered Expedition Cruising to the Subantarctic and Antarctica. Expedition Cruising is also the perfect style of travel for the Russian Far East, where there are virtually no roads and very little infrastructure. We have developed strong relationships with individuals and organisations that make our expeditions possible. We have made a conscious effort to ensure that the expeditions benefit the local communities. We use local services and employ local people where possible.

Here, you will find very unique expedition wilderness cruises, all exploring a different part of the Russian Far East from the Kuril Islands in the south, to Wrangel Island in the north. It is impossible to single out one expedition as being better than the other. If you are not sure which is the most suitable expedition for you, please check our website for this past season's expedition logs for an idea of what we accomplished.

Explore the Pacific Ring of Fire on Russia's Ring of Fire, the volcanic Kuril Islands are rich in seabirds and cetaceans. Travel north up the Kamchatka Coast on our expedition, Siberia's Forgotten Coast. Past expeditions were wildlife packed with walrus, brown bear, beluga whales, steller's sea eagles, spoon-billed sandpiper sightings and much more. On our Chukotka expedition we will have the great opportunity to celebrate with the local people as they hold their 'Beringia Arctic Games', before heading north towards Wrangel Island. Our Across the Top of the World expedition to Polar Bear denning capital of the world Wrangel Island continues to get rave reviews from amazing Polar Bear encounters. Our Jewel of the Russian Far East expedition returns and provides the perfect way to see the autumn colours as we cruise from Anadyr to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.

Heritage Expeditions operates charter flights from Nome, Alaska for Across the Top of the World, Siberia's Forgotten Coast, Chukotka and Jewel of the Russian Far East itineraries (additional cost), otherwise there are connections via Moscow and Asia. View our list of suggested flight options here.

Overview

Russia is a huge country, covering nine time zones. In Chukotka – the north-eastern most region of Russia, they have a saying “God is a long way up there, but Moscow is even further away” that is true in so many respects. The Russian Far East is unique, the culture, the climate, the history, the wildlife; it is a world away from the Russia you might have explored.

At Heritage Expeditions we have had a long association with the Russian Far East. Since 1993 when we began chartering our ship from this region, we listened to our crew’s accounts of the magnificent wildlife and wilderness so eight years ago decided to see the Far East of Russia for ourselves. The stories were true! The Russian Far East is an incredibly amazing place and we are eager to share it with like-minded adventurers. Travellers who are looking for a genuine experience, a journey not a tour, a destination which hasn’t been organised and commercialised, a wilderness where we must travel on nature's terms and not on timetables. We pioneered Expedition Cruising to the Subantarctic and Antarctica. Expedition Cruising is also the perfect style of travel for the Russian Far East, where there are virtually no roads and very little infrastructure. We have developed strong relationships with individuals and organisations that make our expeditions possible. We have made a conscious effort to ensure that the expeditions benefit the local communities. We use local services and employ local people where possible.

Here, you will find very unique expedition wilderness cruises, all exploring a different part of the Russian Far East from the Kuril Islands in the south, to Wrangel Island in the north. It is impossible to single out one expedition as being better than the other. If you are not sure which is the most suitable expedition for you, please check our website for this past season's expedition logs for an idea of what we accomplished.

Explore the Pacific Ring of Fire on Russia's Ring of Fire, the volcanic Kuril Islands are rich in seabirds and cetaceans. Travel north up the Kamchatka Coast on our expedition, Siberia's Forgotten Coast. Past expeditions were wildlife packed with walrus, brown bear, beluga whales, steller's sea eagles, spoon-billed sandpiper sightings and much more. On our Chukotka expedition we will have the great opportunity to celebrate with the local people as they hold their 'Beringia Arctic Games', before heading north towards Wrangel Island. Our Across the Top of the World expedition to Polar Bear denning capital of the world Wrangel Island continues to get rave reviews from amazing Polar Bear encounters. Our Jewel of the Russian Far East expedition returns and provides the perfect way to see the autumn colours as we cruise from Anadyr to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy.

Heritage Expeditions operates charter flights from Nome, Alaska for Across the Top of the World, Siberia's Forgotten Coast, Chukotka and Jewel of the Russian Far East itineraries (additional cost), otherwise there are connections via Moscow and Asia. View our list of suggested flight options here.

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Russian Far East Expeditions

Across the Top of the World: Wrangel Island

Wrangel Island - the home of Polar Bears, lies in the Russian Arctic. See Polar Bears, Walrus, Snowy Owls, Snow Geese and more. Choose to explore the island's interior on 3 day/2 night exploration by tundra vehicle.

24 Jul 2022, 7 Aug 2022, 21 Aug 2022

Hokkaido: Northern Sea Circuit

The ultimate exploration of Japan's last frontier - Hokkaido. Join us on this is rare opportunity to circumnavigate Japan’s most enchanting isle as we explore the unspoiled nature, primeval wilderness, astounding rare wildlife, limpid lakes and alpine flowers during this unforgettable 13-day adventure.

3 Jun 2022

Jewel of the Russian Far East: Kamchatka Coast

The Kamchatka Coast's isolation has protected its wilderness and wildlife. See fat Kamchatka Brown Bears dozing in the late summer sunshine as the onset of autumn paints vibrant colours on the spectacular coastline.

4 Sep 2022

Russia's Ring of Fire: Kamchatka and Kuril Islands

Explore the Pacific Ring of Fire - the Kamchatka Coastline, Kuril Islands & Commander Islands. Rich in human history, this geologically active region is home to a dramatic landscape of stunning volcanoes, geothermic activity and a diverse range of seabirds and whales.

15 Jun 2022

Sea of Okhotsk: Seals, Seabirds and a Legacy of Sorrow

The intriguing Sea of Okhotsk is frozen for much of the year. Explore with us on this expedition and learn about an area rich in history, see seabirds in spectacular numbers, including the majestic Steller's Sea Eagle, admire seals and much more.

24 Jun 2022

Siberia's Forgotten Coast: Kamchatka Coast

Siberia's eastern coastline teems with wildlife including brown bears, walrus, a range of birdlife including the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper and the majestic Steller's Sea Eagle. Spectacular volcanoes, fjords and rolling tundra dominate the coastline.

28 Jun 2022

The Northern Sea Route - Eastbound: Northeast Passage

Be an active participant in making history on this long awaited voyage through the Russian Arctic's Northeast Passage, one of the greatest seaways in the world. Only a handful of expedition vessels have ever transited this seaway, but recent changes in sea ice conditions mean that this historic and fascinating ...

4 Sep 2022

The Northern Sea Route - Westbound: Northeast Passage

Be an active participant in making history on this long awaited voyage through the Russian Arctic's Northeast Passage, one of the greatest seaways in the world. Only a handful of expedition vessels have ever transited this seaway, but recent changes in sea ice conditions mean that this historic and fascinating ...

8 Aug 2022

Where Russia's Day Begins: Chukotka

On this special Chukotka expedition we will meet the people; see and listen to their stories and learn of their love for and strong connection with the land and sea. We plan to  celebrate with them at their annual Regatta & Festival and explore Polar Bear denning capital Wrangel Island.

10 Jul 2022

Our ship: Heritage Adventurer

Heritage Adventurer is a true pioneering expedition vessel of exceptional pedigree. Often referred to as the 'Grande Dame of Polar Exploration' due to her celebrated history and refined design, she was purposebuilt for adventure in 1991 at Finland's Rauma shipyard and specifically designed for Polar exploration. Setting a peerless standard in authentic expedition travel, Heritage Adventurer (f...

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Our ship: Spirit of Enderby

The Spirit of Enderby (Professor Khromov) is a fully ice-strengthened expedition vessel, built in 1983 for polar and oceanographic research and is perfect for Expedition Travel. She carries just 50 passengers and was refurbished in May 2019 to provide comfortable accommodation in twin share cabins approximately half of which have private facilities. All cabins have outside windows o...

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06 Oct 2021
As we explore some of the planet’s most remote and spectacular wildernesses, the safety and wellbeing of everyone on board our expedition v...READ MORE
01 Oct 2021
Chukotka • Wrangel Island • Kamchatka • Kuril Islands • Commander Islands Isolated Wildernesses Very Few People Have SeenThe...READ MORE
01 Jun 2021
Pioneering New Zealand-based expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions is proud to announce it will be operating the world-renowned Polar ex...READ MORE
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