Siberia's forgotten Coast: Heritage Adventurer
Russian Far East
This coastline has one of the most diverse assemblages of wildlife and habitats of anywhere of a similar latitude on the globe and virtually no people or visitors to disturb them. One of the most iconic species is the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper that is endemic to the region. This expedition supports Birdlife International with their research into seabirds and waders to monitor potential changes in their populations and distribution due to a variety of reasons including climate change
- Rarely-visited Kamchatka and Siberia Region
- Remote Commander Islands
- Stunning birdlife including Steller’s Eider, Red-necked Phalarope, Parakeet, Crested and Whiskered Auklets and Tufted Puffins.
- Great whale watching opportunities to see Humpback, Sperm, Northern Minke, Orcas and Baird’s Beaked Whales
- Forest and cliff-top walks along remote coasts and deep forested fiords
- Wildlife such as brown bears, Red Fox an
Siberia's eastern coastline is home to several groups of indigenous people, including the Itelmen, Koryak, Even and Chukchi. Fur trappers and sealers plundered the regions natural resources in the name of the Tsar in the early 17th Century. Stalin and subsequent leaders encouraged economic development in this part of the Soviet Union. Soviet towns were built, bonuses were paid to those who would immigrate and work there and attempts were made to collectivise the traditional way of life.
As the iron curtain was drawn and the Cold War escalated, this region became forbidden territory. Travel to and within the area was strictly controlled, the number of military installations increased, early radar warning stations proliferated and Russia's Pacific fleet patrolled the coastline.
This all changed in the early 1990s with Perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Military installations were abandoned, there were mass migrations of workers back west and towns and industries were simply abandoned. As the heavily subsided economy collapsed the indigenous people were forced back to traditional ways of life but permits to travel through the area did become a little easier to obtain.
Twenty five years on, travel through this region is still heavily regulated and virtually impossible for the independent traveller. There is little or no infrastructure, only a few kilometres of road, no hotels apart from in the main towns of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy and Anadyr. These towns have scheduled air services, but access to the rest of the region either by air or sea even for locals is at best ‘unpredictable'.
Throughout its chequered human history its rich natural history has largely gone unnoticed and unknown by the rest of the world. It is an amazing coastline dominated by the volcanoes of Kamchatka in the south, the fiords of what was formally the Koryak region and the rich estuarine areas and tundra of Chukotka.
Undoubtedly one of the most remote and least visited regions of the globe
OverviewThis coastline has one of the most diverse assemblages of wildlife and habitats of anywhere of a similar latitude on the globe and virtually no people or visitors to disturb them. One of the most iconic species is the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper that is endemic to the region. This expedition supports Birdlife International with their research into seabirds and waders to monitor potential changes in their populations and distribution due to a variety of reasons including climate change.
Luxury Expedition Vessel: Heritage Adventurer
The purpose built polar expedition vessel Heritage Adventurer
provides a most capable, safe, and exclusive expedition cruise
experience. Designed for comfort, there are public spaces ideally
suited for each and every need. Two separate bar and lounge areas
featuring 180 degree views and a wonderfully stocked library provide
ideal places to relax or catch up on some reading. Heritage Adventurer
has the highest ice class (Lloyds 1AS). Equipped with propellers of
stainless steel, high density steel plating and small frame spacing on
her hull, Heritage Adventurer continues into the ice, when others
simply cannot. The ship is very stable and her stability and strength
are features greatly appreciated in ice laden large waters. Unmatched
stability, coupled with superior speed allows for more time at your
destination and more flexibility with itinerary planning – a critical
factor in polar waters where ice and weather conditions sometimes
dictate daily plans. All cabins feature outside viewing ranging from
deck three traditional with port holes, up to decks 4 through 6
offering expansive panoramic windows. Cabins all have lower berths
that have the ability to be single beds, or 1 double bed depending on
our guests needs.
- Pre/post cruise transfers
- On board ship accommodation and meals
- Expedition shore excursions, excluding optional kayaking programme.
- All items of a personal nature: laundry, drinks, gratuities.
- International/domestic flights
- visas and travel insurance.
- Local Payment US$500
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