This cruise through Siberia’s “forgotten coast” combines the best of our ‘In Search of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper’ and ‘Wake of Bering’ Expeditions, and takes us through a land of extremes and myriad environments, including snow-capped active volcanoes, geothermal regions, vast forests, extensive tundra, uninhabited islands and some of the richest oceans on the planet.
Our journey starts in the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, so-named after two of Bering’s ships, and we will also travel north by north-east, along what is still one of earth’s remotest coastlines. Our voyage is dedicated to looking for birds and wildlife and we can expect to have some truly spectacular experiences. However, there is one bird in particular that makes this trip very special indeed, and that is the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper. It is believed that there are now less than 200 pairs which make the annual migration to Northern Kamchatka and Chukotka to breed. Very few people have had the privilege of visiting this region to see this species and we hope to repeat the success of our previous expeditions, when we not only saw birds at Meinypil’gyno, the only monitored breeding site, but also made ornithological history by finding a new population further south. Whilst the Spoon-billed Sandpiper is certainly the central focus of our voyage, there will be plenty of other highlights to look forward to as well. Some of the special wildlife we will look for whilst ashore include the massive Steller’s Sea Eagle, Emperor Goose and Pechora Pipit, as well as Brown Bear, Kamchatka Marmot and Arctic Fox. The seas also support a rich diversity of birds and other animals, with Blue, Grey, Humpback, Sperm and Baird’s Beaked Whales all being possible, along with an incredible 13 species of auks and other regional specialities such as Red-faced Cormorant and Red-legged Kittiwake. Please note that a Rockjumper leader may not accompany the expedition unless a minimum of 10 participants are signed up through Rockjumper. In the case that a Rockjumper leader is not on board, the professional expedition staff will take care of all participants signed up through Rockjumper. Please note: these prices exclude a landing fee of US$500 and are furthermore subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Laysan Albatross, Red-faced Cormorant, Red-legged Kittiwake, Fork-tailed Storm Petrel, Crested, Whiskered and Parakeet Auklet, Steller’s Sea Eagle, Harlequin Duck, Emperor Goose, Siberian Rubythroat, Middendorff’s Grasshopper Warbler, Grey-crowned Rosy Finch and Pechora Pipit
Baird’s Beaked, Sperm, Humpback, Blue and Northern Minke Whale, Steller’s Sea Lion, Brown Bear, Kamchatka Marmot and Arctic Fox
open seas, shorelines, coves, volcanic slopes, scrubby birch/alder forest, meadows
mostly cool to cold
easy with some undemanding walks
spectacular scenery, snow-covered volcanoes, beautiful wildflowers