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Arctic for Explorers
Arctic for Explorers

Expedition to Franz Josef Land

Arctic for Explorers
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.
Group size
to 114 person
Duration
14 days

Accommodation during the trip

1 night
12 nights
Start date
20 July 2019
  • 20 July 2019
  • 1 August 2019
  • 13 August 2019
End date:
2 August 2019
617 285 RUB

Rarely visited today yet significant in the history of polar exploration, Franz Josef Land is worthy of its legendary reputation.

Arctic for Explorers
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.
Group size
to 114 person
Duration
14 days

Accommodation during the trip

1 night
12 nights
Start date
20 July 2019
  • 20 July 2019
  • 1 August 2019
  • 13 August 2019
End date:
2 August 2019
617 285 RUB

Experiences you'll have

This extraordinary expedition to Franz Josef Land is as unique and authentic as the place itself. Starting in Longyearbyen in the Norwegian territory of Svalbard, we cross the icy, wildlife-rich Barents Sea to the Russian High Arctic. In Franz Josef Land we discover unparalleled landscapes, wildlife, and history in one of the wildest and most remote corners of the Arctic.

 

Back in Svalbard we have the opportunity to explore beautiful fjords and islands on the northwestern coast of Spitsbergen. Here we seek the full range of Arctic wildlife in one of the world’s most impressive polar desert environments.

 

Additional options:

  • Photography workshops. A professional photographer will participate in the cruise. He will share his skills with you. Franz Josef Land is perfect for taking unique photos: flourishing tundra, polar desert, birds colonies and glaciers.
  • Polar kayaking. Blazing glaciers, beautiful landscapes, whales, seals and walruses — sea kayaking is a great chance to explore the amazing place in the north. A participation fee is $595. There are 8 places available — it is necessary to book them in advance.

A good reason to choose this trip: with buying this cruise you will get 5% discount for all other tours of RussiaDiscovery

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

 

The cost of the cruise depends on the type of cabin:

  • Triple Classic — 9795 USD pp
  • Main Deck Suite — 13 395 USD pp
  • Classic Suite — 14 395 USD pp
  • Superior Suite — 14 695 USD pp
  • Deluxe Suite — 16 595 USD pp
  • Premium Suite — 18 195 USD pp
  • Owners Suite — 23 795 USD pp

Itinerary

The journey begins in the city of Longyearbyen — the administrative center and the capital of the Svalbard archipelago. It is the northernmost town in the world, home to only about 2,000 people, and also has the northernmost airport in the world.

 

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Day 1 Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Welcome to Longyearbyen, the Arctic adventure capital of the Norwegian territory of Svalbard and starting point of our expedition. After arriving via scheduled commercial flight, you are free to explore this small but fascinating settlement. Be sure to see the excellent Svalbard Museum and enjoy the shops, cafes and restaurants in the town center. Your hotel for the night has been arranged by us and is included in the price of the voyage.

Day 2 Embarkation in Longyearbyen

In the afternoon we welcome you aboard the expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit; transfers from the hotel are included. Explore the ship and get comfortable in your home-away-from-home for the extraordinary adventure to come. The long days of summer sunlight illuminate our surroundings as we slip our moorings and sail into a true wilderness where wildlife abounds. The scenery as we sail through Isfjorden on our first evening is spectacular and there is already the possibility of marine mammal encounters.

Day 3-4 Across the Barents Sea

From Isfjorden we proceed straight to Franz Josef Land across the Barents Sea. Presentations and workshops by our expert staff prepare us for what lies ahead.

 

In these far northern latitudes, it is possible to encounter sea ice even in summer. Along the way, we’ll remain vigilant for sightings of ice-dependent marine mammals such as the elusive bowhead whale, various Arctic seal species, and the majestic polar bear.

Day 5-11 Exploration of Franz Josef Land

This is expedition cruising at its most authentic. As such, our route and exploration opportunities in Franz Josef Land are heavily dependent on weather and sea ice. Our experienced captain and expedition leader decide our best route and continually adjust plans as opportunities warrant in this wild and remote corner of the Arctic.

 

Between obligatory initial and final calls at the Russian polar station Nagurskoye in Cambridge Bay we are free to explore the many waterways and islands of this unique Arctic wilderness.

 

The archipelago, part of the Russian Arctic National Park since 2012, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears and other quintessential High Arctic wildlife—such as walruses and some rare whale species—can be spotted anytime, anywhere in and around Franz Josef Land. Scree slopes and cliffs around the islands host enormous nesting colonies of seabirds such as guillemots, dovekies, and kittiwakes. We’ll take advantage of the 24-hour daylight to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing.

 

Franz Josef Land is dominated by glaciation, which covers 85% of the archipelago. Immense tidewater glaciers and glittering icebergs provide a stunning backdrop to our voyage. Franz Josef Land is also home to some interesting geological features, such as the mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island. Collectors of geographical extremes may take note that Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island is the northernmost point of land in the Eastern Hemisphere.

 

Franz Josef Land also offers visitors the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers at well-preserved historical sites. The journals of explorers such as Julius von Payer, Benjamin Leigh Smith, Frederick George Jackson, and Fridtjof Nansen come alive at Cape Norway, Cape Flora, Eira Harbour, and Cape Tegetthoff. Memorials, monuments, crosses and the remains of dwellings are testimony to incredible historical events that are further illuminated by our expert lecturers.

 

Tikhaya Bukhta is currently a Russian Arctic National Park ranger station occupying Soviet-era research buildings and was also a major base for polar expeditions. Nearby the fascinating columnar basalt cliffs of Rubini Rock are home to thousands of nesting seabirds.

Day 12-13 Along the coasts of Svalbard

Following our week of exploration in Franz Josef Land, we cross back through the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea and then along the coastal islands of the Svalbard Archipelago. From panoramic open decks, enjoy Arctic landscapes and wildlife sightings. Bountiful inshore and offshore waters are home to walrus and a wide variety of whales.

 

The crossing also gives our expedition team the opportunity to offer a final presentation or two in the Oceanus Lounge. Weather and timing permit, we’ll launch our Zodiacs to have a closer look at wildlife as we head back to Longyearbyen.

Day 14 Disembarkation in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

After breakfast we say farewell in the town of Longyearbyen, where we started our expedition. We provide a transfer to the airport, or to the town center if you plan to spend more time here. As you look back on your wonderful experience, you may already be looking forward to your next incredible adventure to the ice!

Arctic for Explorers
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.
Group size
to 114 person
Duration
14 days

Accommodation during the trip

1 night
12 nights
Start date
20 July 2019
  • 20 July 2019
  • 1 August 2019
  • 13 August 2019
End date:
2 August 2019
617 285 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

You will travel and live in the M/v Sea Spirit ship.

 

Rates depend on the type of cabin:

 

Triple Classic
Averaging 21 square metres/226 square feet, these staterooms have two twins and a comfortable sofa bed. The twins also convert to a King, if desired. Located on Oceanus Deck, these suites have a picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities. Amenities include: in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.

 

Main Deck Suite
Averaging 23 square metres/248 square feet, Main Deck cabins are equipped with either two twins or a King Size bed. They are located on the Main Deck with a minimum of two portholes for exterior views. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD individual temperature control and hair dryer.

 

Classic Suite
Averaging 21 square metres/226 square feet, these cabins are located on the Oceanus Deck. They feature a picture window, two wardrobes and a choice of either two twin beds or a King Size bed. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control and hair dryer.

 

Superior Suite
Superior Suites are located on the Club Deck. Averaging 20 square metres/ 215 square feet, these cabins feature two twin beds or a King Size bed. The picture window overlooks an outside walkway on the Club Deck. Amenities include: en suite facilities, walk-in closet or wardrobe, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, hair dryer.

 

Deluxe Suite
The Deluxe Suites with balconies are located on the Sports Deck. Averaging 24 square metres/ 258 square feet means plenty of room. Choose from either two twin beds or a King Size bed. A sliding glass door leads to a private balcony. These suites feature a walk-in closet or wardrobe. Amenities include en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and a hair dryer.

 

Premium Suite
The Premium Suites are located on the Sun Deck. Averaging a generous 30 square metres/ 323 square feet, with two twin beds or a King Size bed. Access the private balcony by a sliding glass door. Amenities include: en suite facilities, lounge area, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.

 

Owners Suite
Super-spacious (43 square metres/ 463 square feet) elegant suite on the Sun Deck. Designed forentertaining, the Owner's Suite has a separate living room with game and meeting area. A BOSE stereo system provides background music, or watch videos on the HD plasma TV. Sliding glass doors lead to a private deck. Refresh in the jetted bathtub in en suite facilities. Slumber in the King Size bed. A sofa bed can accommodate a third person.

 

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Common questions

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Are any changes in the program possible +

The schedule of the program depends on ice and weather conditions. Time and duration of excurions is desided by the captain and expedition team.

 

Under favourable conditions you will explore Franz Josef Land as much as possible. 24-hours polar day gives a lot of opportunities for being flexible with the program. Meeting animals is not guaranteed.

Who will be the guide +

You will be guided by expedition leaders — experts of the region. They will tell you about nature of Spitzbergen and Franz Josef Land. You will learn history of Arctic discovery and will get acquainted with explorers and scientists.

Meals onboard +

You will have a full board onboard. There is a restaurant with an exquisite cuisine. There are French and Italian wines, whiskey, gin and rum in a bar. In a 24-hours Club salon there is a coffee station with tea, coffee and fresh bakery. In a bistro on an open deck you can get soups, pasta, salads and desserts. Welcome and Farewell Cocktais are waiting for you.

Booking

Arctic for Explorers

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.
Group size
to 114 person
Duration
14 days

Accommodation during the trip

1 night
12 nights
617 285 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • shipboard accommodation

  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night

  • group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation and disembarkation

  • all meals on board throughout the voyage, tea and coffee station 24 hours daily, Welcome and Farewell cocktails

  • all scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)

  • leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team

  • all port fees

  • branded jacket and rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise

  • digital Voyage Log

  • emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 150,000 per person

Extra charge:
  • flight to/from Longyearbyen

  • visa and passport fees. For this trip Russian visa is required. See your country’s Russian consulate or embassy for details

  • luggage and trip cancellation insurance

  • personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges

  • kayaking (+595$ pp, optional)

  • staff gratuities (optional)

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • shipboard accommodation

  • 1 pre-voyage hotel night

  • group transfer to the ship on day of embarkation and disembarkation

  • all meals on board throughout the voyage, tea and coffee station 24 hours daily, Welcome and Farewell cocktails

  • all scheduled landings/excursions (subject to weather and ice conditions)

  • leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader & Expedition Team

  • all port fees

  • branded jacket and rubber boots for shore landings for the time of the cruise

  • digital Voyage Log

  • emergency Evacuation Insurance to a maximum benefit of US 150,000 per person

  • flight to/from Longyearbyen

  • visa and passport fees. For this trip Russian visa is required. See your country’s Russian consulate or embassy for details

  • luggage and trip cancellation insurance

  • personal expenses such as laundry and telecommunication charges

  • kayaking (+595$ pp, optional)

  • staff gratuities (optional)

20 Jul 2019, Sat — 2 Aug 2019, Fri
617 285 RUB
1 Aug 2019, Thu — 14 Aug 2019, Wed
617 285 RUB
13 Aug 2019, Tue — 26 Aug 2019, Mon
617 285 RUB
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