Experience a seldom-seen side of Alaska on this 13-day voyage that sails from the far northern city of Nome. Cross the iconic Bering Strait for a stop in Provideniya, Russia - the Gateway to the Arctic - and revel in the proximity of such different worlds. Traverse the Bering Sea as National Geographic Orion  heads south the explore remote and rugged islands dotting the route including the Pribiloff Islands, which serve as the breeding ground for millions of seabirds and marine mammals. 

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Visit coastal Katmai National Park to spot brown bears catching salmon

Walk among the scattered remains of a petrified forest on the shore of Unga Island

Witness the largest breeding rookery of northern fur seals

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Bering Sea Wilderness - The Russian High Arctic

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Day 1

Anchorage - Nome

Fly to Nome via Anchorage. Embark National Geographic Orion in the afternoon. (D)

Day 2

Crossing the Bering Strait

Spend the first day at sea crossing one of the most iconic bodies of water on the planet. If conditions permit, we may stop at the very remote Little Diomede Island, in the center of the Strait. (B,L,D)

Day 3

Provideniya

At the western limit of the rich transboundary area known as Beringia, Provideniya is often called “The Gateway to the Arctic”. It’s also the administrative center where we will conduct our outbound clearance from Russia. Visit the excellent museum, and witness a traditional Yupik dance performance. (B,L,D)

Day 4

Pribilof Islands

A naturalist’s paradise, the Pribilof Islands welcome three million seabirds and a million marine mammals each summer as they arrive to breed. Go ashore at St. Paul to explore on land, at St. George go by Zodiac to view puffins, kittiwakes and red-faced cormorants, as well as a northern fur seal rookery. (B,L,D)

Day 5

Pribilof Islands

See Day 4 for more details. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Pribilof Islands

See Day 4 for more details. (B, L, D)

Day 7

UnAlaska & Alaska Peninsula

This morning, arrive at Dutch Harbor, site of a fierce WWII battle and now one of the world’s most important fishing ports. Continue to the Baby Islands, just east of Unalaska, where dynamic tides offer exciting potential to spot sea otters and fur seals, as well as rare seabirds, both from the ship’s deck and from Zodiacs. Continue along the eastern shore of the Alaska Peninsula, with time for exploration and wildlife watching. (B,L,D)

Day 8

UnAlaska & Alaska Peninsula

See day 7 for more details. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Shumagin Islands

Go ashore on Unga Island to explore a unique petrified forest of sequoia or metasequoia trees that were buried in a volcanic mudslide nearly 25 million years ago. These fascinating and colorful stumps and logs have washed out of the sediment at the rocky shoreline, with some only visible at low tide. (B,L,D)

Day 10

Katmai National Park

Spend today exploring the shorelines and waters of coastal Katmai National Park & Preserve, known for its abundant brown bear population, this area provides countless opportunities to watch and photograph bears digging for clams at low tide, or fishing for salmon in the creeks. (B,L,D)

Day 11

Kodiak Island

The second largest island in the U.S., Kodiak is best known for its brown bears and its fishing industry. Less well known is its unique mix of Native Alutiiq and Russian-American history. Join your Undersea Specialist for a “dock walk” among the commercial fishing boats in Kodiak’s inner harbor. Photograph the beautiful Holy Resurrection Church on a photo walk, or peruse native art and artifacts at the Alutiiq Museum. Later, explore one of the island’s outer bays by Zodiac. (B,L,D)

Day 12

Exploring the Kenai Peninsula

Nearly 40 glaciers flow out of the Kenai's Harding Icefield, so the opportunities for exploration abound. Cruise one of the ice-scoured fjords to the face of a tidewater glacier, while searching for mountain goats and other wildlife along the way. (B,L,D)

Day 13

Seward - Anchorage

Arrive in Seward this morning, transfer to the airport in Anchorage for flights home or onward. (B)

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