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Watching the Baby Seals
Watching the Baby Seals

Expedition to the Icy Realms of the White Sea

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Watching the Baby Seals
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
5 y.o.
Duration
4 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
Start date
8 March 2017
  • 8 March 2017
  • 9 March 2017
End date:
11 March 2017
174 350 RUB

In the ice-covered White Sea in early March, harp seals give birth to their pups. These fluffy cuties are snow-white, but for no longer than just a fortnight. During this expedition, you'll see them amidst drift ice.

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Watching the Baby Seals
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 5 y.o.
Duration
4 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
Start date
8 March 2017
  • 8 March 2017
  • 9 March 2017
End date:
11 March 2017
174 350 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Watching the Baby Seals

In the mouth of the White Sea, seals come together to reproduce before they leave for Spitsbergen. During the tour, you'll watch these lovely creatures in their natural habitat, and you'll even be able to take the big-eyed, toy-like pups in your hands!

 

A helicopter will take you to the watch spot. The snowy taiga, the ancient villages, and the sea under a thick blanket of ice—no one can resist the awesomeness of the Russian North seen through the helicopter window. Playful beluga whales jump out of the black waters from time to time. You'll disembark on a solid ice floe thickly covered with snow. Oh how many seals there are!

In the third week of life, baby seals start molting, revealing their silvery skin. That is why you have to go there in early March to see the snow-white pups.

From the ice floe our tourists go back to the Solovetsky Monastery, the wooden arches of which will impress you with their silence. The final destination of the trip is Maliye Korely, a museum of ancient Russian architecture. Here you'll marvel at old houses and chapels from all over the Russian North.

 

If the destination ice field is more than a two-hour flight from Arkhangelsk, the participants of the expedition will have to pay additionally for the on-site helicopter deployment. The schedule can be adjusted to account for worsened weather conditions.

Itinerary

An hour and a half before the departure, our tour guide will meet you at Sheremetyevo Airport so that you fly to Arkhangelsk as an organized group.

Day 1 Flight to Arkhangelsk

Upon your arrival in Arkhangelsk, you'll be taken to the Pur-Navolok hotel on the banks of the Northern Dvina River.

Day 2 Baby Seals

After the breakfast and a briefing, a MI-8 helicopter will take you to the icy realms of the Russian North. You'll set up a small camp after landing on the ice. Watch the seals and their newborn pups and have a dinner right there on the floe. In the evening, you'll come back to the Pur-Navolok hotel in Arkhangelsk.

Day 3 Tour to Solovki

After the breakfast you'll be taken to Talagi Airport. From there you'll fly aboard a plane to the Solovetsky Islands. There you'll take a tour and have dinner in the Solovetsky Monastery. In the evening, you'll come back to the Pur-Navolok hotel in Arkhangelsk.

Day 4 Homecoming

You'll fly back to Moscow. Your flight is SU-1331, 17:40 — 19:35.

New
Watching the Baby Seals
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
5 y.o.
Duration
4 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
Start date
8 March 2017
  • 8 March 2017
  • 9 March 2017
End date:
11 March 2017
174 350 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

Tour participants stay at the Pur-Navolok hotel on the banks of the Northern Dvina River in the historical part of the city, not far away from the historical and cultural monuments of the 17th to the 19th century.

 

There are multiple accommodation options:

  • Standard rooms. 13 sq.m. rooms overlooking the local Government's office. All such rooms have 110*210 single beds.
  • Comfort rooms. 17 sq.m. rooms overlooking the promenade. Most such rooms have 160*210 double beds.
  • Double rooms. These overlook the local Government's offices. Each of these has an area of 18 sq.m. Each such room has two 110*210 single beds.
  • Double Junior Suites. These overlook the local Government's offices. Each has an area of 32.6 sq.m and consists of two rooms: a bedroom and a living room. A King size double bed in each bedroom.
  • Double Suites. Spacious suites overlooking the promenade. A King size double bed in each bedroom. Some have balconies. Each of these suites consists of two rooms: a bedroom and a living room, each with a plasma TV.
  • VIP Suites. Superior double suites overlooking the Northern Dvina River. Each has an area of 45 sq.m. A King size double bed in each bedroom.
  • VIP Suites. Each of these is a three-room suite with a bedroom, a living room, and an office room. These superior suites overlook the Northern Dvina River. The area of each is 70 sq.m. A King size double bed in each bedroom.

 

The Pur-Navolok hotel has a restaurant of the same name, a lobby bar, and the Nebo bar located on the top floor, with panoramic views of the Northern Dvina River and the promenade.

 

Expedition fee is exclusive of hotel accommodation. You can book your accommodation independently or we can do for you it upon your request.

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Common questions

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Who will be my guide? +

You will be guided by experienced travelers and tour guides.
 

Dmitry Orlov is a PhD in Biology, a PADI Course Director (which is the highest diving instructor qualification). Dmitry leads Antarctic expeditions on a regular basis.
 

Ivan Kronberg is a PADI Instructor and a qualified medical professional who frequently leads expeditions to the North Pole.
 

Prior to your flight to an ice floe, Dmitry Orlov will undertake a detailed briefing and give you a lecture about seals, their biology, and a kind of rules of conduct for human-seal communication.

Are there any discounts for kids? +

We offer a 50% discount for kids aged 5 to 10.

Meals +

Room fees include a buffet breakfast. You'll also have hot tea and sandwiches to eat on the ice floe. You need to pay for your dinner yourself. Usually, our tourists dine together at a restaurant in the city.

What about the weather? +

It's tremendously difficult to forecast what the weather will be like. Ice floes with baby seals can be located in the mouth of the White Sea, or to the south of it. It definitely makes sense to prepare for harsh and cold winds, as your meeting with baby seals will take place in open space; besides, it can be very wet on the ice floe. Temperatures vary from 0°С to -25°С.

What to bring +

Make sure you take a warm membrane jacket and pants, warm waterproof boots, thermal underwear, a hat, a scarf, mittens, and a sweater. Also, take some lighter clothes to put on when we go to the restaurant.

Do I need insurance? +

The tour fees do not include insurance, so this is an extra payment. Insurance is provided by Arsenal Strakhovaniye. Price is calculated individually and is usually about two thousand rubles. It includes both health insurance and transport insurance in case you need evacuation or repatriation.

How helicopter deployment works +

Each helicopter can take up to eight adult tourists. Two kids aged 5 to 10 count as one adult. One flight to an ice floe can involve only two helicopters, i.e. up to 16 adults.

Could the expedition be canceled? +

The participants have to understand that despite this trip being well-organized, wildlife abides only by its own laws. When we fly to a drifting ice floe in the White Sea, the seals there may start or finish littering. That is why the final decision on whether the expedition is to take place is made based on ice reconnaissance two days prior to the scheduled ice flight. The chance that we'll have to re-schedule the expedition is small, but still exists. That is why you'd better buy refundable tickets to Arkhangelsk.

Booking

New

Watching the Baby Seals

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 5 y.o.
Duration
4 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
174 350 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • Ice reconnaissance in advance: ice floes are surveyed from a plane flying over the sea to search for baby seals and ice fields

  • One 4-hour MI-8 flight

  • Life sustenance on the ice

  • Meal on the ice (tea and sandwiches)

Extra charge:
  • Flight to Arkhangelsk (starting at 9500 RUB for round-trip tickets)

  • Double-occupancy with breakfast at the Pur-Navolok hotel (starting at 3850 RUB a day)

  • Lunch and dinner in Arkhangelsk

  • Health Insurance (1680 RUB per person)

  • Tour to Solovki with a charter flight for groups of more than 10 persons (35 000 RUB)

  • Diving: a single dive in drift ice (99 000 RUB per person)

  • Snorkeling in drift ice (13 500 RUB per person)

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • Ice reconnaissance in advance: ice floes are surveyed from a plane flying over the sea to search for baby seals and ice fields

  • One 4-hour MI-8 flight

  • Life sustenance on the ice

  • Meal on the ice (tea and sandwiches)

  • Flight to Arkhangelsk (starting at 9500 RUB for round-trip tickets)

  • Double-occupancy with breakfast at the Pur-Navolok hotel (starting at 3850 RUB a day)

  • Lunch and dinner in Arkhangelsk

  • Health Insurance (1680 RUB per person)

  • Tour to Solovki with a charter flight for groups of more than 10 persons (35 000 RUB)

  • Diving: a single dive in drift ice (99 000 RUB per person)

  • Snorkeling in drift ice (13 500 RUB per person)

8 Mar 2017, Wed — 11 Mar 2017, Sat
174 350 RUB
9 Mar 2017, Thu — 12 Mar 2017, Sun
174 350 RUB
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