Cruising to one of the world’s most remote areas is never going to come cheap – but despite its price tag the Russian Far East is enjoying a surge in popularity. The reason? It’s one of the last wildernesses on Earth, and Silversea Expedition’s 120-passenger Silver Discoverer will spend part of summer 2017 in the  region, cruising past smoking volcanoes, pristine tundra, empty beaches and exploring the Kuril Islands, home  to vast colonies of seals and whales  that feed in the waters close to shore.

You can expect to spot grey and minke whales, orca, puffins, Steller’s sea eagles, brown bears (possibly with their cubs), sea otters and foxes. Exploration with highly qualified naturalists is by Zodiac inflatable, with chances to hike through this beautiful wilderness, meet the local people and discover how they live.

  • An 18-day expedition, round-trip from Otaru, departing August 29, 2017, costs from £7,965 excluding flights (0844 251 0837,