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Cruise: Franz Josef Land & The Russian Arctic

Tailor Made Itinerary

14 Days From £7,975

Overview

Rarely visited today, yet significant in the history of polar exploration, Franz Josef Land is worthy of its legendary reputation. Part of the Russian Arctic National Park, the different islands of Franz Josef Land tell stories of early polar exploration as you uncover monuments and an abandoned Soviet research facility, as well as being host to Arctic wildlife such as polar bears, walrus, endangered bowhead whales and many seabirds. This extraordinary expedition to Franz Josef Land is as unique ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Uncover monuments and an abandoned Soviet research facility
  • See polar bears, walrus, endangered bowhead whales and many seabirds
  • Visit the unique and authentic Franz Josef land
  • Discover unparalleled landscapes, wildlife, and history
  • Explore beautiful fjords and islands on the north western coast of Spitsbergen

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: SVALBARD

DAY 1: SVALBARD

Arriving into Svalbard's main town, you will have time to explore this fascinating Arctic settlement. Your hotel tonight is included in the cruise package.

Sea Spirit - Longyearbyen

DAY 2: SVALBARD

DAY 2: SVALBARD

You will board your expedition ship this afternoon and prepare for the extraordinary adventure to come. Sail into a true wilderness with wildlife abound and pass through the stunning Isfjorden where for the possibility of the trip’s first marine mammal encounters.

Sea Spirit - Longyearbyen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: AT SEA

DAY 3: AT SEA

Your cruise proceeds east across the Barents Sea towards Franz Josef Land. In these far northern latitudes it is possible to witness sea ice any time of year. Along the way we remain vigilant for sightings of bowhead whales, various seal species and the majestic polar bear.

Sea Spirit - Longyearbyen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: AT SEA

DAY 4: AT SEA

A day at sea en route to Franz Josef Land.

Sea Spirit - Longyearbyen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: FRANZ JOSEF LAND

DAY 5: FRANZ JOSEF LAND

Today you will enter this remote and wild corner of the Arctic via a Russian polar station, from which to explore the islands and waterways of the wildlife-rich Cambridge Bay. The archipelago of Franz Josef Land is a nature sanctuary for high Arctic fauna such as polar bears, walruses, rare whales and sea birds. We take advantage of 24-hour daylight to maximise viewings. This region is also home to some interesting geology such as the mysterious stone spheres on Champ Island. Visit Cape Fligely on Rudolf Island which is the northernmost point 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. Memorials, monuments, crosses and the remains of dwellings are testimony to the incredible historical events that are further illuminated by the expert lecturers.

Sea Spirit - Longyearbyen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: FRANZ JOSEF LAND

DAY 6: FRANZ JOSEF LAND

A further day to explore this remote wilderness.

Sea Spirit - Longyearbyen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: FRANZ JOSEF LAND

DAY 7: FRANZ JOSEF LAND

A further day to explore this remote wilderness.

Sea Spirit - Longyearbyen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: FRANZ JOSEF LAND

DAY 8: FRANZ JOSEF LAND

A further day to explore this remote wilderness.

Sea Spirit - Longyearbyen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: FRANZ JOSEF LAND

DAY 9: FRANZ JOSEF LAND

A further day to explore this remote wilderness.

Sea Spirit - Longyearbyen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: FRANZ JOSEF LAND

DAY 10: FRANZ JOSEF LAND

A further day to explore this remote wilderness.

Sea Spirit - Longyearbyen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: FRANZ JOSEF LAND

DAY 11: FRANZ JOSEF LAND

A further day to explore this remote wilderness.

Sea Spirit - Longyearbyen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12: AT SEA

DAY 12: AT SEA

Sail back across the bountiful waters of the Barents Sea attending presentations by the experts and take advantage of the ship's facilities. Enjoy further whale and birdlife observations.

Sea Spirit - Longyearbyen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13: SVALBARD

DAY 13: SVALBARD

Explore the spectacular fjords, islands and coasts of Svalbard, experiencing the archipelago's most impressive scenery and some of the Arctic's best wildlife viewing opportunities. Narrow channels are flanked by jagged snowy mountain peaks while immense tidewater glaciers calve icebergs into turquoise waters. On ice floes seals watch vigilantly for polar bears and fields of flowering tundra are home to grazing reindeer and playful Arctic foxes. To complete the Svalbard experience, the itinerary also aims to discover historical sites containing the remnants of whaling camps, mining operations, trappers' cabins, staging areas of attempts to discover the North Pole and the ruins of a WWII weather station.

Sea Spirit - Longyearbyen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14: SVALBARD

DAY 14: SVALBARD

Disembark this morning and reflect on your epic Arctic expedition before your onward flight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Premium

Excellent standards without the big price tag

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

CRUISE: FRANZ JOSEF LAND & THE RUSSIAN ARCTIC (14 DAYS) £7,975

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

START PLANNING YOUR TRIP

Our team of experts have a wealth of knowledge and experience to help you plan your adventure of a lifetime.

WHEN TO GO

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

Meet the expert, Jamie

Jamie is our Scandinavia and Arctic expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

Speak to Jamie by calling
+44 (0)20 3944 6258

Fjord whale watching season is November through to January and the viewing is some of the best in the world.

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