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Jewels of the Russian Arctic

Duration
16 Days
Prices From:
US$ 16,990

From the ancient mountains of Novaya Zemlya to the wildlife sanctuary of Franz Josef Land, the secluded lands of Russia's Arctic Coast offer an exhilarating mix of unique sights and adventures.


Embark on this 16-day adventure through some of the world’s least travelled waters – at least, least travelled by globetrotters! Flying from Helsinki, board your vessel, the Ocean Adventurer in Murmansk, Russia for two weeks exploring the remote waters and islands of Russia’s Arctic coast.

One night in Helsinki will give you a taste of Finnish design and lifestyle, possibly enticing a return trip! Then fly to Murmansk, meeting your luxurious vessel for the ultimate Arctic adventure. Rarely visited by westerners, the Barents Sea is home to a wealth of diverse wildlife and landscapes. Keep an eye out for the many different species of seabird, whales, seals, and even walrus. Sail through the Novaya Zemlya, the largest Arctic archipelago in Eurasia, with countless coves and inlets to explore. See the jaw-dropping glacier of Inostrantseva Bay, and the wildlife rich Oransky Islands.

Further north lies the archipelago of Franz Josef Land, composed of 191 islands. It’s not unusual for weather conditions here to shape your itinerary, so never know quite what you might see, but historic sites and seabird colonies are a regional fixture. There’s even a good chance of seeing walrus and polar bears in the wild. Follow in the footsteps of early Norwegian explorers as you make landfall on the aptly named Cape Norway, and explore Russian polar history on Hooker Island.

In the unlikely event you haven’t seen a walrus by now, your chances dramatically increase on Stolichky and Appolonov Islands, your last stops before sailing back to Murmansk, for your return flight to Helsinki.


 

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Duration
16 Days
Prices From:
US$ 16,990

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Day 1

Helsinki, Finland

Your Arctic adventure begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. If you arrive early, explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.

Day 2

Embarkation in Murmansk, Russia

After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport and board your private charter flight to Murmansk, Russia. Once aboard, get acquainted with the ship and crew and settle in for your voyage north.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration14 Nights
Accommodation

Ocean Adventurer

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    Ocean Adventurer


    The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years.

    The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years.

    Facilities

    • Activities Desk
    • Bar
    • Dining Room
    • Exercise Room
    • Internet Access
    • Library
    • Lounge

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Day 3

At Sea

As you sail through the Barents Sea, your Expedition Team will prepare you for the adventures that await. Learn about the storied history and politics of the region, its fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights you will soon explore.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

At Sea

Staff will keep a lookout for seabirds, such as kittiwakes, skuas and fulmars soaring above your ship. Whale and seal sightings may also be possible in this biologically diverse sea.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Exploring Novaya Zemlya

The largest of the Eurasian Arctic archipelagoes, the rarely visited Novaya Zemlya (''New Land'') is the third-largest wilderness area in Europe. This seemingly long, narrow island actually consists of two main islands, Severny (northern) and Yuzhny (southern), separated by the imposing Matochkin Strait.

As you explore Novaya Zemlya, expect a new adventure every day. Each expedition will be unique, depending on the weather and ice, but a few landing sites we strive to visit include Inostrantseva Bay, the Oransky Islands, Cape Zhelaniya, Cape Spory Navalok and Russkaya Gavan.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Exploring Novaya Zemlya

Boasting one of the most picturesque glaciers in the entire archipelago, Inostrantseva Bay provides breathtaking panoramic views of pristine arctic wilderness. If conditions allow, you may explore ashore, or Zodiac cruise along the face of the glacier, at a safe distance, possibly witnessing the wonders of calving ice. Encounters with Brünnich's guillemots (thick-billed murres) are likely, owing to a small colony in the coastal cliffs.

To the northwest side of Severny Island are the Oransky Islands. Wildlife abounds here, with a variety of animal and plant life to be discovered, Walrus have been sighted here on many previous expeditions. Coming across a walrus haul-out is unforgettable. These giant pinnipeds of the Arctic create a raucous as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline. Encounters with whales and seabirds are possible, as well as polar bears, a genetically distinct subpopulation here.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Exploring Novaya Zemlya

A significant site in polar exploration, Novaya Zemlya also offers a number of opportunities for you to trace the footsteps of famous explorers and reflect on the region's history.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

At Sea

Bid farewell to Novaya Zemlya as you cruise farther north to Franz Josef Land. There are several activities to keep you engaged while at sea. Attend presentations by your Expedition Team, relax in our polar library or simply spend some time on deck, admiring the sea.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

Exploring Franz Josef Land

This remote group of 191 islands, many covered in ice, forms the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia and lies entirely within the Arctic Circle. A nature reserve, it is part of the Russian Arctic National Park. Weather and ice conditions will shape your exploration, but we do hope to explore historical sites, remote seabird colonies and walrus haul-out at some notable destinations, such as Cape Flora, Cape Norway, Bell Island and Tikhaya Bukta. Polar bear encounters are also possible.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

Exploring Franz Josef Land

On Jackson Island, Cape Norway is where Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen wintered from 1895 to 1896. The conditions were astonishingly difficult, but they survived until the summer and continued their journey south. The remains of their small hut are still here today, along with a memorial marking the event.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Exploring Franz Josef Land

Exploring Tikhaya Bukta (Calm Bay), the site of an abandoned weather station on Hooker Island, will feel like stepping back in time. There is plenty to discover as you wander the ruins, immersed in Russian polar history, and you may even be able to send a postcard from the post office!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 12

Exploring Franz Josef Land

The Stolichky and Appolonov Islands offer plentiful walrus encounters, as the lumbering giants can be found hauled out here. If ice and weather are in our favor, you'll explore the area by Zodiac, at a safe distance, to view these pinnipeds of the Arctic in their natural habitat

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 13

At Sea

As your arctic expedition winds down you have a couple of days to sail through this wildlife-rich sea, where whales of various species are often seen.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 14

At Sea

Take in a presentation, reminisce about your incredible journey with your shipmates, relax in the lounge while swapping stories and photos or enjoy the solitude of the sea. Expedition staff will be on hand to answer any remaining questions and spot wildlife.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 15

Disembarkation Murmansk and Fly to Helsinki

Returning to Russia's most northerly city, you'll have time to bid farewell to your Expedition Team and crew before catching your group charter flight back to Helsinki, where you will have one more night in this exquisite city.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 16

Helsinki

After breakfast, spend time exploring more of the Finnish capital or catch your homeward-bound flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2021: Ocean Adventurer: Jul 15

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks on board throughout your voyage
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by an experienced Expedition Leader
  • A daily program of lectures by noted naturalists
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by an Expedition Team and Special Guests as scheduled
  • Photographic Journal on DVD, documenting the voyage
  • A pair of waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • An official Expeditions parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard ship
  • Arrival transfer from Longyearbyen airport to your hotel if you arrive one day prior to embarkation
  • On embarkation day transfer from your hotel or Longyearbyen airport to the ship
  • On disembarkation day group transfer from the ship to airport or local designated drop-off location
  • Emergency Evacuation Insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of USD100,000 per person

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire

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15 Jul 2021
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