It is an adventure such as you have never experienced before when you participate in this unique expedition premiere with the BREMEN. The ship intensively explores not only the rarely visited east and north coast of the Chukchi Peninsula but also, for the first time ever, Wrangel Island which, due to the ice conditions prevailing there, is hardly accessible and was a Russian prohibited zone for many decades. In areas of magnificent natural landscapes that up to now only very few discoverers and researchers have explored, overwhelming expedition experiences await you far from any familiar ground.
from Vancouver to Vancouver
|Cruise dates:||from 21.07.2013 to 08.08.2013 (19 days)|
| Your ship:|| MS BREMEN|
| Cruise number:|| BRE1313|
This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
Awakens the pioneering spirit – the Chukcki Peninsula
Look forward to fantastic expedition territory – the expansive, primal Chukchi Peninsula in the remote northeast of Russia. The BREMEN is one of the few ships that head for not only the eastern but also the northern coast of the Peninsula – for unforgettable days full of expedition experiences and pioneering spirit. Its wild coasts are the habitat of whales, sea birds, walruses and seals which you will see from close quarters on exciting Zodiac rides and landings. Just as spectacular as the intensive animal observations are the insights into the culture of the Chukchi people who, for many generations, have cultivated their nomadic traditions and live off hunting and trapping as well as reindeer breeding. In the small museum at Prowidenija with its interesting exhibits on the culture and nature of the Peninsula, you can get into the right mood for the coming days. You many see some majestic grey whales from on board the BREMEN on your way to Janrakynnot. There and in Lorino you will gain fascinating insights into everyday life and the traditions of the Chukchi inhabitants before you follow in the footsteps of great discoverers with the BREMEN on her route through the Bering Strait. Far away from the customary routes the ship will steer towards only seldom visited regions such as the expansive Kolyuchinskaya Bay. On the flat sandbanks, Emperor Geese can often be spotted, in the waters whales and seals. Keep a look-out here for rare yellow-billed loons, snow geese and eider ducks. Kolyuchin Island lies in the lagoon, on its cliffs guillemots, cormorants and puffins nest. With any luck you may even see polar bears here for the very first time. You can continue your wildlife observations at Cape Vankarem when – accompanied by skuas and Arctic terns – you hike with the experts across the flat headland and perhaps even chance upon walruses.
Spectacular new ground – Wrangel Island
Even the approach is without compare. For the first time the BREMEN heads for the deserted coasts of Wrangel Island which, even in summer, is often surrounded by a thick belt of drift ice. Look forward to exciting hours on deck when the ship, with its ice-proofed hull, inexorably clears a channel that leads you directly into a pioneering adventure. On the drift ice belt polar bears can often be seen hunting for seals. The BREMEN takes four intensive days’ time to explore the most beautiful aspects of Wrangel Island. On numerous Zodiac rides and landings you will get to know a bleak beauty that is often shrouded in fog – a mystic, memorable atmosphere. Wrangel Island is the only Arctic island that is not covered by glaciers although there are impressive mountain ranges in its interior that rise to heights of up to 1,100 m. Fossil findings show that mammoths once found one of their last retreats here. When you tread this new ground you will amaze at the lushly blossoming tundra that, with its lichens, mosses and ferns, develops a colourful splendour such as one would never expect to find in the Arctic region. Since 2004 the island has belonged to the UNESCO World Natural Heritage. The wildlife will also fascinate you. On steep rocks numerous species of birds nest. On extensive hikes through the tundra you will have the opportunity of fantastic views of the mountain ranges and of sighting reindeer and polar bears in the vast, still landscape.
Fascinating finale in the land of the Chukchis
Still overwhelmed by your experiences on Wrangel Island, you reach the north-easterly extremity of the Eurasian landmass. In good weather Alaska can even be seen from Cape Deschnjow. On board the BREMEN you move between the Old and the New World, even passing the Diomede Islands where walruses can often be sighted - Big Diomede belongs to Russia, Little Diomede to the USA. And exactly between the two lies the date line. Finally on Yittigran Island you will discover an impressive avenue of whale jaw bones. A masterpiece of Arctic art – and the last highlight on an expedition that was rich in highlights and therefore unforgettable.
Important note regarding the expedition: The BREMEN is one of the few ships ever to undertake on this cruise adventure to Wrangel Island. It goes without saying that we have planned this cruise with the utmost care on the basis of average ice and weather data and have worked closely with the Russian authorities. The latter, however, reserves the right to grant or even refuse the required permits at short notice only. For this reason or due to the ice situation an amendment to the itinerary can become necessary. Depending on the local conditions the Captain will then decide on the best possible alternatives.
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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
Following programmes we offer in German:
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: ROCKY MOUNTAINS
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: VANCOUVER – PEARL BY THE PACIFIC