The Mystery & Wilderness of the Russian Far East

“We believe people travel with Aurora Expeditions because they want to really experience the places we take them to, they want to feel and be immersed the natural world. That’s what you get when you visit the Russian Far East. It’s remained a place unto itself and protected maybe more than anywhere else on earth, it’s nature in its purest form,” says Howard Whelan who lead the first Aurora Expeditions trip to the Russian Far East. 

Exploration and adventure is at the core of what we do and it has taken us to the furthest parts of the earth since Greg Mortimer started commercial expeditions to Antarctica 30 years ago. It was this true sense of adventure that also took him to the Russian Far East. For over a decade we have been taking people looking for real, raw and wild experiences to one of the last remaining truly remote corners of the globe.  

Now it’s your chance to join our expert guides and expedition team as we venture to one of the planet’s least explored destinations. Discover this region of immense natural beauty and fascinating human history. 

With savings of up to 20%* on our expeditions, you can immerse yourself in the extraordinary landscapes, frozen icescapes, lava fields and coniferous forests that make up this land of extremes.

Along the Kamchatka coast, experience unforgettable wildlife encounters, tread carefully on tundra sprinkled with colourful flowers and meet indigenous communities proud to welcome you to their village. 

In the Kuril Islands, soak your weary muscles in natural hot springs, Zodiac cruise in the shadows of volcanos and follow the tracks in search of Kamchatka brown bears. Or why not journey high up above the Arctic Circle to visit Wrangel Island, a protected nature reserve that is home to the highest density of polar bear dens and the largest population of Pacific walrus in the world!

With 130-140 passengers on board our purpose-built small ships, our expeditions are designed to get you closer to nature whilst being truly committed to respectful and environmentally responsible travel.

“Our expedition team loves to have fun and we have a desire to keep looking around the next corner wherever we are,” says Howard. “We want to transfer that sense of curiosity, the exhilaration of discovery and adventure to our expeditioners to give them the most wholesome and rewarding experience, something they can return home with – that’s what makes us different.”

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Dr. John Borthwick's Story

"Where, you might ask, is Kamchatka? Think ultra Siberia. This farthest peninsula of Far Eastern Russia, jutting into the north Pacific, is like no other place on earth.


"My most vivid moments come during a morning’s sea-kayaking excursion at Severo Zapadnyi Cape, Bering Island (amongst the Commander Islands). We’re paddling on a mirror sea where the milky sky and ocean repeat each other, the vision punctuated only by the bright colours of our kayaks and lifejackets and, more spectacularly, by a dozen seal pups romping around us, alternately curious and cautious, as they track our progress.


“Towards the end of our voyage we trek to a tidal hot-spring (gumboots and swimsuits being very Kamchatka chic). It’s an odd sensation, with the water on one side of my body being near boiling and on the other, a chilly eight degrees. Ever a land of extremes.


"Exploring the coast and remote islands of Far Eastern Russia with Aurora Expeditions was one of those truly standout voyages that you think about for years after — brown bears prowling the beaches, volcano-framed Kamchatka coasts and reindeer migrations. Then add the human stories, from Koryak herders to the fate of Commander Bering’s crew out on the wild Commander Islands. Indelible memories.”


An excerpt from Russian Far East expedition 2008 by

Dr. John Borthwick | Travel Journalist & Author

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*20% off Russian Far-East 2022 TERMS & CONDITIONS: Offer is only valid on new bookings and on select ship voyages only which must be booked and deposited by 31 Dec, 2021. Promotion is subject to availability at the time of booking and capacity controlled. The promotion is only available in conjunction with the back to back voyage discount or the loyalty program offer, and not available with any other offer. The promotion can be withdrawn at any time and is not redeemable for cash. Prices and offers correct at time of send and subject to change. Normal booking terms and conditions apply.  View our full Terms and Conditions on our website. 

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*Terms & Conditions apply. Valid on select ship voyages only. Offer is valid on new bookings only aboard the Greg Mortimer or Sylvia Earle which must be booked and deposited by 31 December 2021. Promotion is subject to availability at the time of booking and capacity controlled. The promotion is only available in conjunction with the back to back voyage discount or the loyalty program offer, and not available with any other offer. The promotion can be withdrawn at any time and is not redeemable for cash. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. To confirm your booking, a completed booking form and non-refundable deposit of $2,500 pp in the booking currency is required within 7 days of reserved berth/s. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Please see full terms and conditions.

^Terms & Conditions apply. Additional 5% discount valid on both voyages but two voyages must connect back to back in terms of dates to be eligible. Offer is valid on new bookings only aboard the Greg Mortimer or Sylvia Earle. Promotions are subject to availability at the time of booking and capacity controlled. The promotion is only available in conjunction with early bird voyage discount or the loyalty program offer, and not available with any other offer. The offer can be withdrawn at any time and are not redeemable for cash. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. Please see full terms and conditions.