Arctic Circle Tours
Listed below are expeditions to the Arctic Circle provided by some of the leading tour companies in the industry. Choose the route of interest from the list below (routes are shown on the map to the right, click to enlarge) and browse the available options. For further details and to book your tour, click "details & booking" to visit the tour company website.
Russian Arctic (3)
One of the true frontiers of travel, a trip to the Russian Arctic offers exploration of the Chukotka region north of the Arctic Circle and at the northeastern tip of the Eurasian landmass. Occupied by the reindeer herding Chukchi people, it is a region of great wildlife diversity, including many migratory bird species who travel here during the brief Arctic summer and polar beers on Wrangel Island, a major breeding centre for this iconic species.
There are 3 tours available for this route:
This is arguably one of the greatest high Arctic journeys in the world. It is only made possible by the collapse of communism, the relaxing of rules and the retreat of the Arctic sea ice. Our journey begins in Anadyr, the administrative centre of the Chukotka autonomous region. We then travel through the Bering Strait west along the north Siberian coastline before crossing the Longa Strait to Wrangel and Herald Islands. Enroute to Wrangel Island we plan to land at Cape Dezneva, the north eastern extremity of the Eurasian land mass, where there is a monument to early explorers. We also visit the small island, Kolyuchin, that was once an important Russian Research Station where we visit some of the most amazing bird cliffs in the Arctic. Once we reach Wrangel and Herald Islands we spend 3-4 days under the guidance of the Rangers and staff of the reserve. Untouched by glaciers during the last ice age it is a treasure trove of Arctic biodiversity. It is perhaps best known for the high number of Polar Bears and this remote outpost is often referred to by biologists as the Polar Bear Maternity Ward on account of the large number of cubs born there each year. While on this voyage we will take every opportunity to discover the rich biodiversity and history of this wild and beautiful land with landings, walks and zodiac excursions. You will feel truly privileged to discover a land and a people that time has forgotten.
This expedition explores one of the most geologically active and biologically rich parts of the planet. The large number of live volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula and along the Kuril Islands has earned this region the reputation of the Pacificâ€™s â€˜Ring of Fireâ€™. This is a land of stunning bays and snow-capped volcanoes whose alpine meadows and lowland forests support a great diversity of wildlife. The seas washing these isolated coasts are equally rich in life â€“ they are among the most productive in the world, teeming with birds and marine mammals. Huge bird colonies dot the cliffs and large seal rookeries are scattered along the coast. The volcanic Kuril Islands chain comprises 32 islands stretching across the Bering Sea between Russia and Japan. On this voyage we focus on the extraordinary biodiversity of the area and get to know the people that call this wild outpost home.
This journey presents the unique opportunity of travelling down the entire coastline of the Russian Far East. This is a chance to discover a region that, until recently, was â€˜off limitsâ€™ to western visitors. The reindeer and Mountain Sheep will be feeding in preparation for the harsh winter while the Brown Bears, which will have fed extensively on berries in the early summer, will be concentrated on the rivers and creeks and feeding on salmon. Late summer/early autumn is one of the best times to discover this wilderness. The late summer sun and the onset of the autumn colours will make the landscape look like a picture postcard. We will travel south along the Koryak and Kamchatka coastlines to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. Along the way we will make numerous landings, including two full days at the Commander Islands. Our landings will focus on flora, fauna, and interactions with local people in genuine situations, enabling you to better understand their history and lifestyle.