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Expedition
Ocean Adventurer - 132 Guests
Jewels of the Russian Arctic
Franz Josef Land & Novaya Zemlya

Follow in the footsteps of early Arctic explorers, voyaging to two of the most isolated and 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.

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2020 Promo: Save up to 25% on select departures and cabin categories. Book by March 31st, 2020

2021 Promo: Save up to 30% when you book and pay in full by June 15th, 2020

• Valid on new bookings only. Promotion can change at anytime and is subject to availability



 

 
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Inostrantseva Bay provides breathtaking panoramic views of pristine Arctic wilderness
  • Explore ashore or Zodiac cruise along the face of the glacier at a safe distance
  • Attend presentations by your expedition team, relax in the polar library or simply spend some time on deck, admiring the sea
  • Explore historical sites, remote seabird colonies, and walrus haul-outs at some notable destinations, such as Cape Flora, Cape Norway, Bell Island and Tikhaya Bukta, with possilbe Polar bear encounters
  • Explore Tikhaya Bukta (Calm Bay), the site of an abandoned weather station on Hooker Island

DATES / RATES

Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd DateTripleLower Deck TwinMain Deck Twin PortholeMain Deck Twin WindowSuperiorDeluxeSuiteOwner's Suite
Jul 15, 2021Jul 30, 202110,49512,49513,49514,99516,49516,49520,99522,495
Mandatory Transfer Package Details:
Package Cost: USD 1,995 per person
  • One night's pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki
  • Round-trip flights from Helsinki to Murmansk
  • Transfers to and from the ship in Murmansk
  • Transfers between the airport and hotel in Helsinki in conjunction with charter flight
Rates are listed per person in USD
Start DateEnd Date(Starting from)
Triple
(Mid-range)
Superior
(High-end)
Owner's Suite
Jul 15, 2021Jul 30, 202110,49516,49522,495
Mandatory Transfer Package Details:
Package Cost: USD 1,995 per person
  • One night's pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki
  • Round-trip flights from Helsinki to Murmansk
  • Transfers to and from the ship in Murmansk
  • Transfers between the airport and hotel in Helsinki in conjunction with charter flight


ITINERARY

Day 1: Helsinki, Finland

Your Arctic voyage begins in Helsinki, renowned for its extraordinary architecture and intriguing mix of eastern and western influences. If you arrive early, explore the many museums, galleries and restaurants, relax at a Finnish sauna or wander the vibrant Design District before retiring at your included hotel.


Day 2: Murmansk, Russia / Embarkation

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and board your private charter flight to Murmansk, Russia. Once aboard, get acquainted with the ship and crew and settle in for your voyage north.


Day 3-4: At Sea

As you 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, its 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.


Day 5-7Novaya 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 you 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 you might 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 breathtaking panoramic views of pristine Arctic wilderness. If conditions allow, 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. Walruses 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 noise 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 sub-population 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: At Sea

Bid farewell to Novaya Zemlya as you 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 the polar library or simply spend some time on deck, admiring the sea.

Day 9-12: 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 your exploration. Hope to explore historical sites, remote seabird colonies, and walrus haul-outs 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 your favor, you’ll explore the area by Zodiac, at a safe distance, to view these pinnipeds of the Arctic in their natural habitat.

Day 13-14: At 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: Murmansk / Disembarkation / Helsinki

Returning to Russia’s most northerly city, you’ll have time to bid farewell to your expedition team and crew before catching your group charter flight back to Helsinki, where you will have one more night in this exquisite city.

Day 16: Helsinki, Finland

After breakfast, spend time exploring more of the Finnish capital or catch your homeward-bound flight.

Ocean Adventurer (Expedition, 132-guests)

The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 132 travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world. Originally built in Yugoslavia in 1976, this nimble, ice-strengthened ship has become a passenger favourite over the years and underwent refurbishments in 1999 and 2002 with the most significant being in 2017. It is a recipient of the 2017 Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Overall Small Cruise Ship (500 passengers or under).

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Shipboard accommodations
  • All shore landings per the daily program
  • All Zodiac transfers and cruising per the daily program
  • Experienced Expedition Leader
  • Formal and informal presentations by Expedition Team and special guests as scheduled
  • Photographic journal
  • Expedition parka and reusable water bottle
  • Gear on loan (waterproof expedition boots for shore landings, walking poles)
  • Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informational Arctic Reader
  • All meals on board ship
  • Snacks, soft drinks, and juices on board
  • Beer and house wine during dinner
  • Coffee, tea, cocoa available around the clock
  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Pre-departure materials
  • Russian invitation letter for visa application provided after final payment
  • Miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
  • Luggage handling aboard ship
  • Emergency evacuation insurance for all passengers to a maximum benefit of $500,000 per person*. Subject to change without notice.

MANDATORY TRANSFER PACKAGE:
Package Cost: $1,995 per person
  • One night’s pre- and post-expedition hotel accommodation in Helsinki
  • Round-trip flights from Helsinki to Murmansk
  • Transfers to and from the ship in Murmansk
  • Transfers between the airport and hotel in Helsinki in conjunction with charter flight

  • Bird-watching
  • Hiking

 

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