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15 Days


18 Sep, 2019

Bucket List Destination

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Fire and Ice in the Arctic with Ponant

Over 15 days, cruising between Russia and the United States from Nome to Seward, you will have the chance to sail in the Bering Strait and discover extraordinary landscapes combining ice, volcanoes, and tundra dotted with the ephemeral flowers that bloom during the Arctic summer.

This is also a wonderful region for wildlife observation. Listed with UNESCO, the nature reserve on Wrangel Island is a unique ecosystem where the greatest biodiversity in the Arctic can be found. It is home to a large population of walruses, countless sea birds, and of course the lord of the Arctic: the polar bear.

Le Boréal will then make its way up the Alaska Peninsula, an emerged part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Here, each island is a volcano crowned with ice. The Aleutian Islands form a barrier between the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean, so the marine wildlife here is particularly abundant.

You’ll then reach Geographic Harbor, situated in the heart of the stunning Katmai National Park and Preserve. There is a strong chance you’ll be able to observe grizzlies, as they reign supreme here.

At the end of your cruise, you will disembark in the small city of Seward for your return flight to Seattle.

Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Visits to Wrangel Island are subject to permission being granted by the Russian authorities. This port of calls can only be confirmed once this authorisation has been received, six months before the cruise departure date.

Highlights include:

  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides.
  • A cruise amid the stunning Arctic and volcanic landscapes of Alaska and Russia.
  • Discover the Wrangel Island Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Sail in the heart of the Bering Sea, surrounded by the planet’s most remote islands.
  • Sail in the Chukchi Sea.
  • Possibility of observing brown bears at Geographic Harbor, in Katmai National Park.
  • The wildlife: polar bears, grizzlies, grey whales, sea otters, spotted seals, puffins, and seagulls.
  • Meet the locals: the Aleut, Inuit, and Chukchi people.

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