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The Northern Sea Route
The Northern Sea Route

A cruise along the Northeast Passage

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The Northern Sea Route
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.
Duration
28 days

Accommodation during the trip

27 nights
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The Northern Sea Route or the Northeast Passage is one of the greatest waterways in the world. Join a journey which will explore the history and development of the route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Discover High Arctic landscapes that few people have witnessed, and enjoy wildlife and wilderness experiences that until now have been the preserve of a few High Arctic biologists.

New
The Northern Sea Route
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.
Duration
28 days

Accommodation during the trip

27 nights
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Experiences you'll have

Expedition to the Northeast Passage

Akademik Shokalskiy is an expedition vessel that is no stranger to the Northeast Passage. It completed it as a part of a Soviet convoy in the late 1980s. With having a journey on it you will see Arctic wildlife with polar bears, whales, seals, walruses and birds’ markets.

 

You will get into places of great expeditions that started in the 16th century. Such explorers as Semyon Dezhnev, Adolf Erik Nordenskiold, Vitus Bering invested a lot of efforts in making significant discoveries in these Northern regions.

 

Recent changes in sea ice conditions in the Arctic attributed to climate change have renewed interest in this passage or route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

 

The cost of the trip depends on the cabin chosen by you. Look for details in the Accommodation section.

  • Main Deck — 21 900 USD
  • Superior — 23 900 USD 
  • Superior Plus — 26 900 USD 
  • Mini Suite — 27 900 USD 
  • Heritage Suite — 29 900 USD

 

These expeditions are subject to approval from various Russian Federal and Regional Authorities and may have to change depending on these approvals. Permits have been lodged for all the sites mentioned in the itinerary, depending on approvals these may have to be amended or substituted. We will endeavor to keep participants fully informed of any changes in the itinerary as and when they occur.

Itinerary

The journey starts in Anadyr, which you must travel to on your own.

 

You can also join the expedition in Nome, Alaska and have a charter flight in Anadyr, where you will join the ship and the expedition members who have travelled direct to Anadyr.

 

You should arrive in Nome before midday and preferably the previous night. On arrival, you should check in with Bering Air at Nome Airport who will have details of our charter flight. During this flight you will cross the International Date Line, arriving into Anadyr on Day 1 of the expedition. You will clear Russian Customs and Immigration.

 

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Day 1-2 Anadyr

You will arrive in Anadyr. Depending on your time of arrival you may have the opportunity to explore Anadyr, the administrative centre of the Chukotka region, before getting to know your fellow voyagers and crew on board the Akademik Shokalskiy.

 

If flights have been on time it is planned to depart Anadyr this evening. As we depart you are invited to join the captain, officers and the expedition teamon the bridge. The Anadyr estuary is renowned for its Beluga Whales.

 

The second day will be at sea. As the ship crosses the Gulf of Anadyr, there will be opportunities for pelagic birding, marine mammal watching and lectures.

Day 3 Whale Bone Alley and Gil’mimyl Hot Springs

Whale Bone Alley on Yttygran Island is one of the most significant and intriguing archaeological sites in the Arctic. The name comes from the large number of whale jaw bones spread along the beach in the form of a pathway. The site dates to the 14th century and its origins and purpose are debated.

 

After exploring the site and if the weather is suitable, you will go with the Zodiacs in search of whales. Today you will see predominately Gray Whales here.

 

This afternoon landing at the Gil’mimyl Hot Springs is planned. For reaching them you have a short walk across the tundra.

Day 4 Cape Dezhnev and Uelen Village

Early this morning we will be at Cape Dezhnev. The name celebrates the Cossack Semyon Dezhnev who it is believed was the first European to sail through Bering Strait in 1648. Nearby are the remains of the abandoned Inuit village of Naukan.

 

This afternoon you will visit the village of Uelen to enjoy the hospitality of the local predominantly Chukchi people and enjoy a cultural performance. You will also visit their bone-carving studio which is famous throughout Russia.

Day 5-8 Kolyuchin Island and Wrangel Island

Early this morning we will pass close by the place where the Swedish explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiold wintered over in 1878 during the first ever transit of the Northern Sea Route.

 

Later this morning it is planned to land (weather permitting) on Kolyuchin Island, where there is an abandoned Polar research and weather station. There are also some terrific bird cliffs where it is possible to get some great photos of puffins, guillemots and gulls.

 

Wrangel Island is a Federal Nature Reserve of international significance and importance and also a World Heritage Site. It is a major Polar Bear denning area. It is also the last landfall for migratory species flying north.

 

Time, ice and weather permitting we may also visit Dragi Harbour where the survivors of the Karluk which was crushed by ice in 1914 scrambled ashore and lived until they were rescued.

Day 9 East Siberian Sea

This sea occupies the area between the Novosibirskie Islands and Wrangel Island. Three of Siberia’s major rivers, the Indigirka, Alazaya and the Kolyma, flow into it. The average depth is only 54 metres making it ideal habitat for the Pacific Walrus. The main sea port is Pevek, situated on the shore of Chaun Bay.

 

It was in this region that the Soviet vessel Chelyuskin, under the command of Otto Schmidt and with 111 people on board became trapped in ice and sank in 1934. The dramatic rescue that followed gained international attention and made Schmidt a household name in Russia.

Day 10 Ayon Island and Village

The few Chukchi people that remain on this island after the collapse of Soviet Union still practice reindeer herding albeit on a much smaller scale. You will enjoy their hospitality and learn about reindeer herding.

Day 11 Medvezhyi Islands

There are no permanent settlements on these little known and seldom visited islands. They are covered in tundra and known to have a good population of Polar Bears. Locals from the nearby Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) visit during the summer months to go fishing and search for Mammoth tusks.

Day 12 East Siberian Sea

It was in this sea that the Jeanette, captained by George Washington De Long, became stuck fast and was crushed by ice in 1879. The men made their way from the sinking ship in open boats to the Kolmya River delta where many of them perished. Wreckage from the Jeanette found in Greenland in 1884 gave Nansen the idea for the now famous 1893- 96 Fram Expedition.

Day 13-15 Noviye Sebirskiye (New Siberian Islands)

These islands which consist of three major groups — Southern, Central (Anzhu) and Northern (De Long) – mark the border between the Laptev and East Siberian Seas. They were first reported in the early 18th century but it is now known that the indigenous Yakutian peoples made seasonal hunting expeditions there from early times.

 

It is also near here that the researcher Fridtjof Nansen let his ship freeze in his attempt to reach the geographic North Pole by means of the natural ice drift of the Arctic Ocean.

Day 16-17 Crossing the Laptev Sea

This sea is bounded by the Taymyr Peninsula and the Severnaya Islands in the west and the Novosibirskie Islands in the east. It is named in honor of cousins who were both Arctic explorers. The Lena and the Yana are two of the larger rivers that drain into this sea.

 

The town and port of Tiksi on the eastern shores of the Lena delta is an important feature of the Northern Sea Route. Look out for the Laptev Sea Walrus which is found only in this sea.

Day 18-20 Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago

The Severnaya Zemlya Islands translated into English mean ‘Northern Land’. They are on the border of the Kara and Laptev Seas and are an extension of the Taimyr Peninsula. These islands were not discovered until 1914 -15 when Russian explorer Vilkitski originally named them ‘Emperor Nicholas 11’.

The islands are heavily glaciated with deep fiords and majestic glaciers, providing a magnificent environment for cruising. There is also a great selection and abundance of Arctic wildlife including Polar Bears, Arctic Foxes, Arctic Hares and walruses.

Day 21-22 Kara Sea

Two of Russia’s greatest rivers, the Ob and the Yenisei flow into the Kara Sea, which is one of the coldest seas in Russia. It lies between Novaya Zemlya, Franz Josef and the Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago.

 

The main Port is Dikson, named after a Swedish merchant who financed the 1878 expeditions to the region.

Day 23-25 Franz Josef Land

This huge archipelago of 192 islands located only 10 degrees from the North Pole offers many locations to explore. The islands were named in 1870 after the Hungarian Emperor when they were discovered by the Austro-Hungarian Payer-Weyprecht expedition that was searching for the NE Passage.

 

Multiple landings are planned here including Cape Flora/Northbrook Island, where the remains of three historic expeditions are found Champa Island and Tikhaya Bay on Hooker Island where the numbers of seabirds on Rubini Rock are unforgettable.

Day 26-27 Barents Sea

The Barents Sea is bounded by the north coast of Europe to the west, Franz Josef and Nova Zemlya to the north and east. It was named in honor of Dutch seafarer and navigator, Willem Barents, who explored this region on expeditions in 1594 and 1596.

 

These two days will be used to complete our lecture series and recaps as well as keep a look out for marine mammals and of course seabirds.

Day 28

You will disembark the ship in Murmansk. A complimentary transfer will be available to the airport or the Azimut Hotel and Park-Inn Radisson Poliamie Zori Hotel.

New
The Northern Sea Route
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.
Duration
28 days

Accommodation during the trip

27 nights
We update the dates and tour price.
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Accommodation during the trip

The Akademik Shokalskiy ship was built in 1984 for polar and oceanographic research and being fully ice strengthened. It is perfect for Expedition Travel. She carries 48 passengers.

 

On board there is a combined bar/library lounge area and a dedicated lecture room.  

 

Types of cabins:

 

Main deck cabins: Has two lower berths and washbasin. The nearby showers and toilets are shared with other Main Deck cabins. These cabins have a porthole.

 

Superior cabins: Has one bunk (one upper and one lower berth), and private bathroom. These cabins have windows.

 

Superior Plus cabins: Has two lower berths and private bathroom. These cabins have windows.

 

Mini Suites: Has a separate bedroom with a double bed and a single bed or a sofa in the lounge and private bathroom. Large side facing windows.

 

Heritage Suite: Has a large lounge area, a separate bedroom with double bed, a single bed in the lounge and private bathroom. Large forward and side facing windows.

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New

The Northern Sea Route

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.
Duration
28 days

Accommodation during the trip

27 nights
1 426 382 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • All on board ship accommodation

  • Pre/Post cruise transfers

  • Meals

  • All expedition shore excursions

Extra charge:
  • International/domestic flights

  • Private Charter flight Nome to Anadyr (+1300 USD pp)

  • Visas

  • Travel insurance

  • Local Payment (+500 USD pp)

  • All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • All on board ship accommodation

  • Pre/Post cruise transfers

  • Meals

  • All expedition shore excursions

  • International/domestic flights

  • Private Charter flight Nome to Anadyr (+1300 USD pp)

  • Visas

  • Travel insurance

  • Local Payment (+500 USD pp)

  • All items of a personal nature, laundry, drinks, gratuities

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