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Wrangel Island: Across the Top of the World


DURATION:15 Days/ 14 NightsREGION:AsiaSHIP:Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy

This unique expedition crosses the Arctic Circle and includes the isolated and pristine Wrangel and Herald Islands and a significant section of the wild North Eastern Siberian coastline. It is a journey only made possible in recent years by the thawing in the politics of the region and the retreat of summer pack ice in the Chukchi Sea. The very small distance between Russia and the USA along this border area was known as the Ice Curtain, behind which then and now lies one of the last great undiscovered wilderness areas in the world.

Aboard the sturdy Spirit of Enderby, the voyage journeys through the narrow Bering Strait, which separates Russia from the United States of America, and then travels west along the Chukotka coastline before crossing the De Long Strait to Wrangel Island. There, spend four to five days under the guidance of local rangers on the nature reserve. The expert expedition team will take you on guided walks, Zodiac cruises and provide lectures to help you better understand and appreciate this unique High Arctic landscape - the home of the Polar Bear.


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Ship Details

Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy

Spirit of Enderby & Shokalskiy

Operated by: Heritage Expeditions

Sister ships The Spirit of Enderby and Shokalskiy are fully ice-strengthened expedition vessels, built in 1984 for Russian polar and oceanographic research. 

They accommodate just 50 passengers and were refurbished in 2013 to provide comfortable accommodation in twin share cabins, approximately half of which have private facilities. All cabins have outside windows or portholes and ample storage space.

It is important to note that both ships were not built as tourist ships, and therefore the onboard facilities are rudimentary. There is a combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room. The cuisine is very good and is prepared by New Zealand and Australian chefs. What is lacking in the way of onboard luxuries is more than made up for by the ships' tough construction, which includes an 1A ice-rating.

The real focus and emphasis of every expedition is getting you ashore as often as possible for as long as possible with maximum safety and comfort. These expeditions are accompanied by some of the most experienced naturalists and guides, who have devoted a lifetime to field research in the areas that we visit. The ships are crewed by a very enthusiastic and most experienced Russian Captain and crew.

Key Facts

234 Feet / 71.60 Metres
42 Feet
10 Knots
Passenger Decks
Room Grades

The following additional options may be added to your cruise.

Return Charter flights Nome to Anadyr

Return charter flights from Nome, Alaska, across the Bering Sea and International Date Line, to the remote port of Anadyr, Russia are available at the start and end of the voyage. These charter flight is highly recommended.

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$2,000 per person (Indicative pricing in NZD. Sold in USD)
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Return Charter flights Nome to Anadyr

Overland Traverse - Wrangel Island

Join local Rangers on a 3 day (2 night) overland journey by special tundra buggy on a traverse of this incredible Nature Reserve to see and experience the remotest parts of the Island and enjoy unique wildlife encounters. Limited to two groups of 5 persons per expedition. Additional price includes accommodation (basic huts), meals and touring.

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$1,450 Per Person (Indicative pricing in NZD. Sold in USD)
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Overland Traverse - Wrangel Island

Important note: Heritage Expeditions applies a local payment of USD 500 per person in addition to the published cruise fare. This payment is due when boarding the ship.

Your cruise price includes:

  • Pre/Post cruise transfers
  • All on board ship accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
  • Expedition shore excursions

Your cruise price does not include:

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Laundry 
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • International/domestic flights, visas
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory for this voyage - ask us for a quote today)
  • Private charter flight Nome to Anadyr to Nome (return) $2,000 pp
  • USD500 per person local payment
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Please note: This cruise is sold in USD

Important note: Heritage Expeditions applies a local payment of USD 500 per person in addition to the published cruise fare. This payment is due when boarding the ship.

A Russian travel visa is required for this voyage. The passenger is responsible for obtaining this visa, however Expedition Cruise Specialists is able to assist in obtaining the necessary letter of invitation from the cruise line. Please enquire for details.

Please note that this itinerary travels to remote ports and itineraries are subject to change due to whether, the operation of the ship and government regulation. Travellers are  reminded that the itinerary may be altered for any reason and that they should travel with a spirit of adventure.

By completing this booking request you acknowledge that you have read and accept Expedition Cruise Specialists' and Heritage Expeditions' terms and conditions.

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Wrangel Island: Across the Top of the World



FROM USD $2,000 per person (Indicative pricing in NZD. Sold in USD)
FROM USD $1,450 Per Person (Indicative pricing in NZD. Sold in USD)