On board MS BREMEN from Otaru to Nome
Expedition Kamchatka, the Kuril Islands and the Aleutian Islands: magic moments at the world's edge
One expedition, countless adventures. Experience the untamed power of nature in a way that very few before you have: from mighty volcanic panoramas and endlessly vast landscapes to spellbinding wildlife sightings, the BREMEN and Zodiacs will show you spectacular sights in primeval lands.
from Otaru to Nome
|Cruise dates:||from 21.06.2017 to 16.07.2017 (26 days)|
|Your ship:||MS BREMEN|
| Wed, 21.06.2017 |
Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Tokyo
| Thu, 22.06.2017 |
Overnight stay with breakfast
| Fri, 23.06.2017 |
Scheduled flight to Sapporo
| Sat, 24.06.2017 |
Completely unique: The Kuril Islands and Kamchatka
| Sun, 25.06.2017 |
- Mon, 26.06.2017
Sakhalin/Russia (Korsakov, Tyuleny )
The island of Sakhalin in the Sea of Okhotsk marks the border between Japan and Russia. Korsakov is steeped in history: there used to be a penal colony here, which gained literary notoriety thanks to Anton Chekhov. Nowadays this isolated area is home to an impressive range of wildlife, which you will discover off the coast of Sakhalin. Tyuleny means “isle of seals” and, as the name suggests, it is home to a large number of seals and Steller sea lions.
| Tue, 27.06.2017 |
- Thu, 29.06.2017
Kuril Islands (including Yankicho (Ushishir), Atlasova, Ptichiy Islands)
The Kuril Islands, a string of islands formed by volcanic activity, extend over 1,200 km (745 mi.) in the Pacific Ocean. Overgrown mountain peaks shimmer through the mist and the spray thunders against steep cliffs: time and again, the primordial landscape will take your breath away – for example, when you reach the interior of the steep caldera on Yankicho by Zodiac, weather permitting. The highest volcano of the Kuril Islands rises up majestically on Atlasova; behind it the coast of the Ptichiy Islands spreads out before you. With a bit of luck, you will see seals and sea otters in the kelp forests.
| Fri, 30.06.2017 |
- Wed, 05.07.2017
Kamchatka (Russkaya Bay , Zhupanova , Bering , two days in Petropavlovsk)
On the east coast of Russia, the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea envelop the Kamchatka Peninsula. With its mighty volcanoes, geysers and great forests, this is a landscape of monumental dimensions. Your route is adjusted daily according to the weather and the expected sightings – for example, so that you can land at Russkaya Bay and discover sea otters. The Zodiacs turn even the Zhupanova river into your own personal expedition region. Here – and during the rest of the journey – you should keep a lookout for brown bears out hunting and sea eagles. You will set foot on historic terrain on the island of Bering, where the “Russian Columbus” Vitus Bering ran aground in 1741 while looking for a land connection between Asia and America on behalf of the Russians. You, on the other hand, will be looking for seals and orcas, whose black-and-white backs can be spotted in the water. To marvel at the volcanic landscape of the sweeping taiga from the perspective of the sea eagle, take off from Petropavlovsk on a helicopter flight to the Valley of the Geysers*, which was formed 20,000 years ago. Alternatively, a flight to Nalychevo Nature Park* will take you to hot springs where you can bathe, or you can discover the region’s unspoilt landscape during a challenging hike up the Avacha volcano*.
| Thu, 06.07.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Fri, 07.07.2017 |
- Mon, 10.07.2017
Aleutian Islands/Alaska/USA (including Kiska Island , Tanaga Island , Seguam , Unalaska Island)
The Aleutian Islands: a succession of natural wonders
| Tue, 11.07.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Wed, 12.07.2017 |
Bering Strait (St. Matthew Island, Hall Island)
As the BREMEN sets off through the Bering Strait, you will delight in the rich tundra of St. Matthew Island. With a bit of luck, in this landscape dotted with gentian, monk’s hood and angelica, you will spot the Arctic foxes that are common to the area. The cliffs of Hall Island are a spectacular culmination to your expedition. With Zodiac rides that take you past colonies of seabirds and opportunities to watch walruses, the wonders of this wild environment will remain vivid in your memory for a long time to come.
| Thu, 13.07.2017 |
Nome/Alaska/USA, Arrival 20.00 hrs
| Fri, 14.07.2017 |
Charter flight to Vancouver
| Sat, 15.07.2017 |
Scheduled flight from Vancouver to Germany
| Sun, 16.07.2017 |
Arrival in Germany
A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The Zodiac landings are subject to official approval. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on weather and the local conditions.
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
= at anchor
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: IMPERIAL CITIES OF JAPAN: KYOTO, NARA AND TOKYO
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: TOKYO – TRADITION AND MODERNITY
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: VANCOUVER – THE CANADIAN WAY OF LIFE ON THE PACIFIC
Biologist as the expedition leader
Dr Hans-Joachim Spitzenberger studied zoology, ecology and hydrobiology. He is a freelance biologist, landscape designer and lecturer at Universitaet Hamburg. Thanks to his many trips around the world, he is able to deliver very exciting lectures.