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The mountainous Chukotka Peninsula, located on the north-east tip of Russia, has over 200 recorded bird species. To the east lies the Bering Strait, which supports a huge diversity of marine mammals.

The peninsula is bordered by the Chukchi Sea, the Bering Strait, and the Bering Sea, which ensure highly variable weather conditions. Numerous cetaceans, including grey, bowhead, humpback, orca and beluga whales, pass through the Bering Strait, which separates Russia and Alaska and connects the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Pacific walrus are also abundant along the Chukotka coast.

Chukotka’s fauna is similar to Alaska’s, and many species found here exist nowhere else in Russia. The majority of Chukotka’s 200 or so bird species are migratory, and include the critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper, horned and tufted puffins, lesser and crested auks, and Brünnich’s guillemot.

Chukotka is Russia’s sixth largest administrative area, measuring approximately half the size of Alaska, with the colourful port town of Anadyr at its centre.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Pacific walrus, beluga whale, orca, spoon-billed sandpiper, Brunnich’s guillemot
  • Where: Russian Far East/Eastern Siberia, Russia

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Kamchatka’s Forgotten Coast

Explore the diverse assemblage of wildlife and habitats of Kamchatka, home to one of the world’s most endangered waders: the spoon-billed sandpiper. This 13-night cruise aboard the Spirit of Enderby explores the stunning volcanic landscapes, coastlines and remote wilderness of the Commander Islands.

  • When to go: Jun
  • Duration exc. flights: 14 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £7,132 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

Wrangel Island Exclusive with Mark Carwardine

Explore the remote wilderness of Wrangel Island in the Bering Strait with its prehistoric landscapes and phenomenal wildlife. This 14-night cruise aboard the Spirit of Enderby takes you right to the top of the world between Russia and Alaska in the company of renowned explorer Mark Carwardine.

  • When to go: Jul-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £13,395 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
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Spirit of Enderby

The ice-strengthened Spirit of Enderby accommodates a maximum of 50 passengers in comfortable twin cabins, all of which have an outside view. She makes an ideal expedition vessel for visiting remote locations such as the Kamchatka Peninsula or the South Pacific in search of wildlife.