Expedition Cruise to the Russian High Arctic - into the Northeast Passage

Small-Ship Cruise



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Discover some of the world last discovered and least visited archipelagos, Novaya Zemlya, Franz Josef Land and Severnaya Zemlya. High up in Russia's Arctic, these islands are the last frontier for expedition cruises and you will be one of the few people to have set foot on these islands. Breathtaking glaciers, the drama of early polar exploration and the search for the Northeast Passage to Cathay, a pristine wilderness and of course incredible wildlife: whale, seal, muskox, walrus and polar bear.

Activity / Theme


Expedition Cruise, Nature & Wildlife, Hiking, Mixed-Activity, Snow

Russia, Arctic1

Comfort Level

Physical Rating


Leisurely / Moderate


Ice-strengthened small polar expedition vessel


Comfortable suites, twin or triple cabins with private facilities

Months of Operation

July, August


DAY 1 Arrive Helsinki, Finland
DAY 2 Fly Murmansk, Russia, embark
DAYS 3 and 4 At Sea - in the wake of Willem Barents
DAYS 5 to 7 Exploring Novaya Zemlya - glaciers, pristine Arctic wilderness, walrus, whales, seabirds & polar bears
DAYS 8 to 13 Severnaya Zemlya - history of exploration, research stations, ivory gull colony, polar bears, glaciers, polar desert
DAY 14 At Sea
DAYS 15 to 18 Franz Josef Land - historical sites, seabird colonies, walrus, polar bear
DAYS 19 and 20 At Sea
DAY 21 Disembark Murmansk fly Helsinki
DAY 22 End Helsinki


Accommodation in Helsinki
Round-trip flights Helsinki to Murmansk
Transfers to and from the ship in Murmansk
Leadership by Expedition Leaders, including shore landings and other activities
All Zodiac transfers and cruising
All shore landings
Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
Select beer and wine during dinner
Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
Presentations by Expedition Team and guest speakers
A photographic journal documenting the expedition
A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan
An expedition parka to keep
Hair dryer and bathrobes in every cabin
All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges
All luggage handling aboard the ship
Emergency Evacuation insurance
Russian invitation letter for visa application provided after final payment

Sample tour.  Itinerary, accommodation, transportation, inclusions and prices are correct at the time of publication but may change without prior notice.  Please inquire.

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