arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel If this is what you'r looking for, just contact us for more information

Expedition to Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya

Follow in the footsteps of early arctic explorers on the Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya expedition, voyaging to two of the most isolated, icy archipelagoes in the Russian High Arctic. From the mountains of Novaya Zemlya to the wildlife sanctuary of Franz Josef Land, these are rugged and essentially uninhabited landscapes that few have ever experienced. There’s no shortage of amazing adventures in these remote regions, where ice-capped peaks soar majestically out of the water and polar bears wander in their natural environment. The Arctic has been inspiring explorers for centuries, and our expeditions offer the chance for you to discover why. We’re excited to host you on your unforgettable adventure!

This Arctic expedition is part of a more extensive expedition, which also visits Severnaya Zemlya, named Expedition to Novaya Zemlya, Severnaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land.

  • Rarely visited region of the Russian Arctic
  • Iconic arctic wildlife: polar bears, walrus and seabirds
  • Glaciated Novaya Zemlya
  • Russian Arctic National Park and Franz Josef Land
  • Zodiac cruising and shore landings
  • Murmansk
  • Hiking, Polar Plunge, etc.

Day 1: Welcome in Murmansk region
Arrival in Murmansk airport. Meeting a car with driver and transfer to the hotel in the centre of Murmansk city. Dinner on your own in a recommended restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2: Embarkation in Murmansk
Breakfast. Depending on leaving time of the ship transfer to the port where you will be welcome aboard of the totally renovated ship "Ocean Adventurer". Get acquainted with the ship and the crew and settle yourself for your voyage to the North.

Days 3 and 4: Sailing on the Barents Sea
As we 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, it's fascinating wildlife, geology, ecology and climate, and the incredible sights you will soon explore. 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.

Days 5 to 7: Explore 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 we 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. Boasting one of the most picturesque glaciers in the entire archipelago, Inostrantseva Bay provides breath taking panoramic views of pristine arctic wilderness. If conditions allow, we 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. 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.

Day 8: From Novaya Zemlya to Franz Josef Land
Bid farewell to Novaya Zemlya as we 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.

Days 9 to 12: Explore 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 our 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. 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. 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! 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, we’ll explore the area by Zodiac, at a safe distance, to view these pinnipeds of the Arctic in their natural habitat.

Days 13 and 14: Sailing on the wildlife-rich 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. 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.

Day 15: Disemabarkation Murmansk
Returning to Russia’s most northerly city Murmansk, you’ll have time to bid farewell to your Expedition Team and crew. Transfer to the hotel in the centre of Murmansk city. Dinner on your own in a recommended restaurant. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 16: Farewell Arctic Russia
After breakfast, depending on the flight to catch spend some time exploring more of World's biggest city above Polar Circle; Murmansk or take part in a (short) city excursion.

Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy—and excitement—of expedition travel. When traveling in extremely remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the sea, the ice and the weather to guide route and itinerary details. This itinerary is a tentative outline of what you’ll experience on this voyage; please be aware that no specific itinerary can be guaranteed.

Accommodation:
  • 2 nights in a tourist class hotel.
  • 13 nights in your chosen cabin on board of the totally renovated ship "Ocean Adventurer".
  • If you like to arrive prior to the first day of your expedition or are staying after the disembarkation day, please contact us for hotel options.
  • If you prefer to start and end your expedition in Helsinki (Finland), please contact us about our special "Finland package".
Level: not applicable.
Group size: From one person
Duration: 16 days
Dates: 
The following Arctic Expeditions are planned:
  • 2020
    • KTAR01 Expedition to Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya: From Jul 03 until Jul 24, 2020 (16 days).
    • KTAR02 Expedition to Franz Josef Land, Novaya Zemlya and Severnaya Zemlya: From Jul 22 until Aug 12, 2020 (22 days)
  • 2021
    • KTAR01 Expedition to Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya: From Jul 15 until Jul 30, 2020 (16 days).
    • KTAR02 Expedition to Franz Josef Land, Novaya Zemlya and Severnaya Zemlya: From Jul 28 until Aug 18, 2021 (22 days)
Price: 
Please contact us for an up-to-date proposal.
Price includes:
  • Arrival and departure transfers form/to airport to/from hotel in Murmansk
  • Arrival and departure transfers form/to hotel to/from the port in Murmansk
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board
  • Beer and house wine during dinner
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced
  • Expedition Leader
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Formal and informal presentations by our Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
  • Photographic journal documenting the expedition
  • Waterproof expedition boots on loan for shore landings
  • Official Quark Expeditions® parka to keep
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Arctic Reader
  • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • All luggage handling aboard the ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance to a maximum benefit of USD 500,000 per person
  • Russian invitation letter for visa application provided after final payment
Price excludes:
  • International and domestic airfares
  • Passport and visa expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above
  • Meals ashore unless otherwise specified
  • Baggage, cancellation, interruption and medical
  • Travel insurance—strongly recommended
  • Excess-baggage fees on international flights
  • Mandatory waterproof pants for Zodiac cruising, or any other gear not mentioned
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges unless specified
  • Phone and Internet charges
  • Voluntary gratuity at the end of the voyage for shipboard staff and crew
  • Additional overnight accommodation
Documents:
Passport must be valid at least 6 months after date of return. A Russian visa is required for tourists from most countries. See your country’s Russian consulate or embassy for details. We handle the tourist invitation.
Insurance:
The participant must possess medical insurance that at very least covers the European part of the Russian Federation.
This Arctic Russia Expedition to Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya can be extended with the following optionals:
arctic expedition, arctic cruise, arctic russia, russia, expedition, cruise, arctic, russian arctic, national park, franz josef land, novaya zemlya, nova zembla, murmansk, kola travel

YOUR ACCOMMODATION ON "MS OCEAN ADVENTURER".

"MS Ocean Adventurer" is totally renovated. A team of marine architects, engineers, interior designers and polar expedition specialists worked together to enhance this nimble and intimate fleet favorite. Upgrades include a refreshed look and feel throughout, plus the complete remodeling of the lounge, dining room and bar. All cabins received new linens and bathroom updates. Six new deluxe cabins as well as three new suites have also been added. Major technical enhancements include two new Rolls-Royce engines, which yield increased speed and fuel efficiency, and a minimized carbon footprint.

SHIP SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Staff and Crew: 87
  • Guests: 128
  • Lifeboats: 4, partially enclosed
  • Ice Class: 1A

Arctic Russia Expeditions overview