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Sea of Okhotsk  |  16 days

A seldom visited region which will appeal to the inquisitive and adventurous traveller.  The Sea of Okhotsk saw human suffering and misery on an unthinkable scale with the transportation of over three million prisoners across to the Gulags of the Kolyma Goldfields in the mid-20th century. Its upper regions remain frozen for much of the year and winter storms make it an inhospitable place. Miraculously the wildlife thrives, including rare and beautifully marked ribbon seals and some of the largest concentrations of northern fur seals and the majestic Steller's sea eagle in the Russian Far East.


Ship: Spirit of Enderby

When:21 June - 6 July 2022

Guide price:£8,910 per person based on twin cabin (shared facilities)



Russian Far East Kamchatka

Clients’ comments

“Generally, I think our memories are of experiences rather than particular places – walking or running the Solovetski trails and paths, seeing a beaver while on the rowing boat trip, the long daylight hours and strolls after dinner, the friendly hotel in the Solovetskis (Irina, who seemed to cook, clean and do everything basically was wonderful); the banyas and soups in the Solovetskis; drinks in the courtyard in the Helvetia hotel; the amazingly sunny weather in St Petersburg and appreciating just how much restoration has been done at the palaces; the superb picnic we had on the train on the way up to the islands; The Marriage of Figaro as part of the White Nights Festival; a really great restaurant on the last night called Mechta Molokhovets. We really do love Russia, and the Solovetskis, Kizhi and St Petersburg were all wonderful”

Kenneth Donaldson and Cathy Dean, Solovetski Islands

“This was a wonderful trip. Getting there and back was slightly trying, not because of the airlines (both Transaero and Yakutia were good) but because of the length of the flights, the hassle of boarding, stopping over in Irkutsk on the way back, and of course the time changes (3 hours London/Moscow, nearly 9 hours Moscow/Petropavlovsk, and the reverse on the way back. The voyage itself was splendid. There were some early starts and late finishes, a few rather optimistic ‘dry landings’ from zodiacs (I always wore rubber wellingtons and always needed them) and one optimistic ‘walk’ through a pass between bays which involved ploughing through deep/very deep snow for about a mile while on a slope most of the way. But we took these in our stride. We saw tons of wildlife – literally; at least two dozen whales, more than 5,000 hauled-out walruses, about 50 sea-lions, dozens of seals, and at least 15 brown bears. We were successful in finding the spoon-billed sandpiper, and the scientific element of the trip was both enlightening and exciting.”

Chris Meader, In Bering’s wake, in search of the spoon-billed sandpiper