GHOST TOWNS AND extreme nature
Anadyr – Egvekinot – Chukchi Settlements – Amguema
This tour is offered on a regular monthly basis from November through March. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the learn-more button below: we will match your preferences with the next relevant scheduled group departure. If you are still unsure about your desired departure date, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will provide you a range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours!
Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with more than 4 friends, you can set your own departure date: we will arrange a bespoke tour just for you for the same price per person advertised below. If you are travelling solo or with less than four companions, we will then organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.
The following itinerary refers to our most popular route in Chukotka. This immense land, a very Soviet version of Alaska, greets its temerarious guests with a cornucopia of natural and cultural wonders. In case you are interested in a particularly remote area, unusual activity and/or off-the-beaten-path attraction within the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug or if you are just looking for an hit-and-run visit to Anadyr and its surroundings, we can easily meet your needs with a unique tour individually designed according to your preferences. Thanks to our deep knowledge of the territory and longstanding collaboration with independent local tour operators we are, indeed, able to offer you a wide range of tailored routes and bespoke itineraries across and beyond the white vastnesses of legendary Chukotka. We also regularly cater for biologists, conservationists, ethnologists, historians and documentarists interested in conducting field research in the region. Get in touch for more info on our private tours to Chukotka!
Day 1 - Anadyr
Our tour guide will meet you in the arrival hall of Anadyr International Airport (exact meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email in accordance to your flight schedule).
Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Chukotka.
Transfer to your hotel, jet-lag compensation, short Soviet-themed city walk and short drive out of town to Mount Verblyuzhka viewpoint.
Dinner and overnight in Anadyr.
Day 2 - Egvekinot
Transfer by plane to the Soviet-planned Chukchi town of Egvekinot.
Walking tour around “downtown” and visit to the breathtakingly beautiful natural areas surrounding the settlement: high peaks, endless tundra and the eerily fascinating waves of the Bering Sea.
Lunch, dinner and overnight in Egvekinot.
Day 3 - Chukchi Tundra
We'll spend the whole day driving across the Chukchi Tundra on powerful Russian all-terrain vehicles.
In the early afternoon we'll reach the exact meeting point between the Arctic Circle and the 180th Meridian, marked by a Soviet-era monument representing the astronomical symbol for the sun.
Photographic exploration of the area and transfer back to Egvekinot for the night.
Dinner and overnight in Egvekinot.
Day 4/5 - Amguema
Today we'll drive down the legendary Iultin Highway, arguably one of the remotest roads in the former USSR.
The highway was built by the prisoners of the notorious Chukotlag and is dotted with abandoned barracks and crumbling tombstones, dark echoes of a somber age.
Besides the routine pauses for food, toilet and random landscape pictures, we'll break the long haul in Ozyorny, an out-of-the-world Soviet town lost in the tundra.
In the afternoon we'll reach Amguema, a traditional Chukchi village with more than 500 inhabitants and a major stopover for nomadic reindeer herders.
We'll the spend the entire following day with the Chukchi Reindeer Herders, sharing with them time, food and stories, while learning as much as possible about their endangered culture and traditional lifestyle.
Dinners and overnights in Amguema.
Day 6/7/8 - Cape Schmidt
We’ll continue our journey north along the Iultin Highway crossing an otherworldly Arctic landscape of rare and surreal beauty.
We’ll soon reach the captivating ghost town of Iultin, an abandoned mining settlement full of Soviet ruins awaiting to be explored.
In the evening we’ll then eventually arrive in the once thriving and now almost deserted Soviet-planned town of Cape Schmidt, at the very northern end of the Iultin Highway.
We’ll spend the next two days in and around Cape Schmidt, visiting spirited Soviet outposts and traditional Chukchi hamlets.
Being in Chukotka, we won’t neglect to go in search for wildlife and natural wonders alike: be prepared to spot arctic foxes, walruses, polar bears, a wide array of migratory birds and (with a bit of luck) rare cetaceans such as grey whales, humpback whales, beluga whales and the almost mythical narwhal.
Dinners and overnights in Cape Schmidt.
Day 9 - Ugolnye Kopi
In the morning we’ll transfer to Cape Schmidt Regional Airport and board a charter helicopter flight back to Anadyr.
If time allows we’ll crown our urbex tour around Chukotka with a visit to the former mining towns of Shakhtyorsky, Ugolnye Kopi and Anadyr-1: forsaken urban loneliness on the northern shores of the Anadyr Estuary.
Dinner and overnight in Anadyr.
DAY 10 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations
After enjoying a last Chukchi-style breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to Anadyr International Airport for your flight back home or to connect to further destinations in the region such as Kamchatka, Wrangel Island or Sakhalin.
End of the tour.
4 to 9 participants: 3690 € per person
The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 25 euro/night), private transport in the region, all flights within Chukotka, entrance fees to the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.
The price does not include: international flights and any other flight not explicitly included in the tour price and itinerary, meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.
The route of this tour has been carefully designed after several research trips in the region. It is, however, always possible to slightly modify the itinerary according to the needs and the suggestions of the participants. Our motto is flexibility.