Russian Far East Cruises
Russian Far East Cruises will take you through a landscape of remote islands, ice-covered volcanoes, and lush green valleys winding through jagged mountain ranges.
The Russian Far East is unique in its culture, climate, history and wildlife; it is worlds away from the Russia you might have already visited.
Migratory birds fill the skies while ancient pine and spruce trees stand tall beneath snow-covered mountaintops. This is a place that few foreigners have ever seen – a world of ice rich in life both on land and in the frigid waters beyond. Explore earth’s northernmost World Heritage Site, Wrangel Island, home to the planet’s greatest concentration of polar bear dens. Circle ‘The Ring of Fire’ volcanoes as they blast steam and ash into the sky. Discover the incomparable Kuril Islands, with its huge diversity of avian and marine life. Being so remote, the Russian Arctic has few roads and very little infrastructure thus is best discovered on an expedition-style cruise.
To find out more about our range of Arctic cruises and tours in the Russian Far East, please download pages below or click here to download the full Russian Far East Arctic section of our Antarctica and the Arctic brochure.
Russian Far East Cruise
Cruise Spectacular Landscapes
Nature exists here on a grand scale. Glide past the spectacular volcanic landscapes of the “Ring of Fire”, the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Kuril Islands.
View Amazing Wildlife
The rarely visited wilderness of the Russian Far East is a treasure trove of biodiversity, with Wrangel Island boasting the highest density of polar bear dens in the world.
Explore The Kamchatka Peninsula
This is an untamed and breathtakingly beautiful landscape of snow-capped volcanic mountains, tundra and forest.
Visit The Stunning Kuril Islands
Comprised of 56 islands with around 40 active volcanoes, the Kuril Islands form part of the Pacific’s “Ring of Fire”.
On Top Of The World: Wrangel & Herald Islands
Lying beyond the Arctic Circle, the incredibly bio-diverse Wrangle and Herald islands are reached via the narrow waterway of the Bering Strait between the USA and Russia.
Expect regular excursions ashore in search of terrestrial wildlife or in inflatable Zodiac boats, gliding past marine mammals and impressive bird cliffs.
Sea Kayak The Pacific “Ring of Fire”
Paddle the waters of “The Ring of Fire”, an area notorious for seismic activity.
We have a unique selection of Russian Far East cruise options carefully chosen for their itineraries, as well as the vessels used. Our selection of ice-strengthened ships are all small to medium in size, carrying a maximum of 50-199 passengers, ensuring authentic, intimate experiences in the untrammeled wilderness. All of our cruises and tours are completely tailor made to suit our clients interests, budget, and timeframe. To find out more about the type of Russian Far East cruise program we can put together for you, please download the pages below.
Russian Far East Overview
Why Russian Far East: This wild and remote area is perfect for cruising and offers magnificent scenery, abundant wildlife, fascinating archaeological remains, traditional local culture and historic remains from the Soviet era. Wrangel Island offers good opportunities for polar bear sightings.
Climate: Like all northern climes the weather is unpredictable and you need to be prepared for all occasions. Cruising takes place during spring and summer, with longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures. Ice will remain in the High Arctic and on mountain tops but the shores of the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Kuril Islands can be quite temperate.
Combine With: The Russian Far East can be reached by air from Alaska, so you can extend your holiday with a visit to Alaska or Canada. Cruise the Inside Passage, visit Denali National Park or explore the Rocky Mountains. Please see our Canada & Alaska program for more details.
Getting There: It is possible to fly from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy for Ring of Fire cruises, and to Anadyr (Chukotka and Wrangel Island cruises) can be reached from Nome in Alaska by charter flight across the Bering Sea.