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Jewels of the Russian High Arctic

Jewels of the Russian High Arctic 16 Days

Prices From £8,700pp
22 JUL, 2022 | Up to 15 nights

Jewels of the Russian High Arctic 16 Days

Aboard: Ocean Adventurer

This thrilling Arctic expedition offers you the chance to discover two of the rarely-visited archipelagos of the Russian High Arctic. Cruising through some of the most enigmatic areas in all of the Arctic, you will witness breathtaking ice-draped coastlines, unique wildlife and far-flung destinations steeped in polar history. This once in a lifetime voyage will see you reach the heavily glaciated Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land areas following in the paths of early Arctic explorers.

Please note, this itinerary requires a transfer package including return flights between Helsinki and Murmansk, as well as hotel stays pre and post-voyage. This package is priced at £1500.

Highlights

  • Enjoy an in-depth exploration of two of the Russian High Arctic’s most impressive archipelagos Franz Josef Land & Novaya Zemlya
  • Spectacular scenery of glaciated coastlines, mountains and jagged ice cliffs
  • Search for iconic Arctic wildlife including walrus, whales and Polar bears
  • Abundant birdlife
  • Exciting Zodiac cruises and shore excursions

What's Included

  • Group transfers to and from ship
  • Full board accommodation on board ship
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Guided Zodiac excursions
  • Expedition parka
  • Loan of rubber boots

Mandatory Transfer Package (£1500) Includes:

  • One night hotel accommodation in Helsinki pre-voyage
  • One night hotel accommodation in Helsinki post-voyage
  • Flights from Helsinki to Murmansk and return
  • Transfers to and from airports, hotels and ship

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Take advantage of our vast experience, passion and expertise to help you hand craft the perfect Arctic, Russia adventure for you.

Zoe Savage-Morton Travel Specialist

Zoe’s abiding love of adventure travel has taken her to some of the most incredible wildlife-rich places on Earth. Her vast experience and genuine desire to share her knowledge makes her an outstanding and invaluable person to help you organise your wildlife adventure trip.

Simon Rowland Senior Travel Expert

As Senior Travel Expert, Simon has an absolute wealth of experience in adventure travel in some of the most fascinating places in the world. With in-depth knowledge and fantastic organizational skills, Simon’s first-hand experience and genuine passion drive him to work to create your perfect itinerary.

Michael Gardiner Senior Travel Expert

Mike lives and breathes adventure travel and has a wealth of experience in some of the most exciting and inspirational destinations in the world. His expertise and first-hand experience afford him the skills to help build holidays to remember.

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Helsinki, Finland
1Day

Helsinki, Finland

Your adventure will begin with a one-night stay in Helsinki, Finland's capital. Arrive at your leisure and enjoy the sights of the city before a restful night's sleep in preparation for the adventures ahead.

Please note: A mandatory transfer package at a cost of £1600 is required for this trip.



Murmansk
2Day

Murmansk

After breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your private charter flight to Murmansk, Russia. Upon arrival in Murmansk you will transfer to the port to board your expedition ship. Settle in to your new surroundings and meet your expedition crew as we set sail into the Barents Sea.



At Sea
3 - 4Days

At Sea

The next two days will be spent at sea as we sail through the Barents Sea towards Novaya Zemlya. As we sail, your informative and entertaining lecture and presentation program will commence, with talks covering everything from Arctic wildlife and geology to the effects of climate change and the history of Polar exploration, including why this particular stretch of water is named after the great Dutch explorer Willem Barents. Some time on deck should reward in various seabird sightings including skuas, kittiwakes and fulmars, as well as sightings of whales and seals in the waters below. This is also a great time to simply relax in the comfort of your ship and prepare for the adventurous days ahead.



Novaya Zemlya
5 - 7Days

Novaya Zemlya

Your exploration of the Russian High Arctic begins in earnest as we reach Novaya Zemlya, the largest of the Eurasian arctic archipelagos and the third-largest wilderness area in Europe. Separated into two distinctive main islands, Novaya Zemlya offers up superb scenery with landscapes of jagged ice cliffs, huge extinct volcanoes and the Barents Sea’s most isolated mountain range. As with all Polar expeditions, your itinerary throughout your time in Arctic Russia may be dictated by weather and sea conditions, with your captain and crew choosing each day the best locations for exciting stops and shore excursions. Each day will bring something new and memorable as we explore around the islands in search of scenic opportunities and wildlife encounters.

The two main islands of Novaya Zemlya are called Severny (northern) and Yuzhny (southern), and we will spend our days exploring around both of these. Places we expect to visit include Inostrantseva Bay where we hope to enjoy a thrilling Zodiac cruise along the face of one of the most picturesque glaciers in the archipelago and along the coastal cliffs that are home to good numbers of Brünnich’s guillemots. For more wildlife delights we will head to the Oransky Islands on the east coast of Severny to seek out observations of large haul-outs of walrus, whales, more seabirds, and if we’re lucky, the iconic Polar bears! We also hope to visit Russkaya Gavan, Cape Spory Navalok and Cape Zhelaniya.

Alongside the spectacular scenery and wildlife opportunities, Novaya Zemlya is also an area of great historical significance and you will be able to trace the footsteps of famous explorers and reflect on the region’s history alongside your knowledgeable and informative expedition crew.

At Sea & Franz Josef Land
8 - 12Days

At Sea & Franz Josef Land

We now spend a day at sea cruising towards Franz Josef Land, the most northerly archipelago in Eurasia. As we reach this remote group of 191 islands that lie entirely within the Arctic Circle the excitement will build again as we prepare to make a number of landings on various islands within the archipelago. Rarely visited owing to its remarkably remote setting, the islands are home to a wide variety of wildlife including numerous walrus and polar bears, along with whales and myriad birdlife. As we discover what makes this archipelago so notable you will explore Cape Flora and discover historic remains from three ill-fated Arctic expeditions, as well as Cape Norway where Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen wintered from 1895 to 1896. Here you will be able to see the remains of their stone huts and a memorial dedicated to their explorations.

When weather conditions permit, we will enjoy thrilling Zodiac trips beneath towering cliffs to explore remote seabird rookeries and search for the wildlife that is often found here. On Hooker Island we will step back in time as we enjoy a walk through the ruins, see the site of an abandoned weather station and even send a postcard from the post office! We will also hope to visit Bell Island and the Stolichky and Appolonov Islands for more exciting Zodiac excursions in search of walrus sightings.

This part of the Arctic Ocean is so remote that Franz Josef Land was discovered after Antarctica, and a visit here will be the perfect way to round off your exciting Russian High Arctic expedition.

At Sea
13 - 14Days

At Sea

As we leave Franz Josef Land behind and head across the Arctic Ocean back to Murmansk you can enjoy your final days onboard looking for wildlife on deck and reminiscing with your shipmates about the adventure you have experienced together.



Murmansk to Helsinki
15 - 16Days

Murmansk to Helsinki

As you disembark in Russia's most northerly city, it will be time to bid farewell to your ship and transfer to the airport for your charter flight back to Helsinki, Finland to enjoy one final night with your trip mates.

After an overnight hotel stay you can choose to extend your stay in Helsinki or make your way to the airport for onward travel.

A view from Above

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Ocean Adventurer
First class vessel

Ocean Adventurer

Ocean Adventurer (previously known as Sea Adventurer) is a purpose built expedition ship with ice-strengthened hull and first class accommodation and facilities. All 61 cabins have outside views and private facilities, including some with exterior access and outside seating. Public areas include dining room, lounge and presentation room, library, 2 bars, gift shop, clinic and exercise room. Other facilities are satellite communication and massage therapist. There is a forward observation deck and other open deck areas.

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