Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 16 days
  • tour type Cruise
  • age requirement 8+ years old
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  • Starts Helsinki, Finland
  • Ends Helsinki, Finland
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore this rarely visited region of the Russian Arctic
  • Encounter iconic arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and seabirds
  • Explore glaciated Novaya Zemlya, where the earliest Arctic explorers overwintered
  • Visit significant sites at Franz Josef Land and learn about the region’s storied history
On this cruise trip you will start and end in Helsinki. With the tour Jewels Of The Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land And Novaya Zemlya you will be cruising through Mys Flora, Murmansk, Novaya Zemlya and 3 other destinations in Finland, Russia and Ethiopia over 16 days. The tour Jewels Of The Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land And Novaya Zemlya includes cabin accommodation and more, per the package includes section further below.

One of Earth’s least-explored frontiers and the newest destination to our portfolio, the sparsely populated Russian High Arctic is a place of isolated, rugged beauty that will leave you amazed. Few travelers have ever ventured into this near-uninhabited landscape. On Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya, we follow the footsteps of early northern explorers to two of the most remote archipelagos on the planet, enabling guests to experience an in-depth exploration of seldom-visited regions in the stark and spectacular Russian Arctic. From the ancient mountains of Novaya Zemlya to the wildlife sanctuary of Franz Josef Land, these secluded lands offer an exhilarating mix of unique sights and adventures. Marvel at ice-capped peaks soaring majestically out of the Arctic sea. Watch in hushed wonder at the unforgettable sight of a polar bear roaming its natural environment. Immerse yourself in a corner of our planet few humans ever to, with the operator that knows polar adventure better than anyone.
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“The skiing and mountaineering experiences were amazing and their availability on the Ocean Endeavour is why we chose this boat over others. Getting to go out 3 times for each of these experiences was amazing and far exceeded my expectations. The hotel management was amazing . Rosemarie who cleaned our room was lovely and went above and beyond to make our experience with Quark even more memorable. The chef always had the biggest smile I have ever seen on his face . The food and dining room staff were exceptional . The guest experience on board this vessel has been phenomenal”
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“This carefully designed expedition has provided me with a once in a life time experience. All the crew staffs are friendly and worked very hard with flexibilities to make our stay on board comfortable and all the expedition member made their best efforts to make our expedition experiences memorable.”
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5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • From Canada
  • On Feb 19 2020
“The ship and staff for the journey provided enthusiastic, effective and patient support, with a well-executed itinerary that I'd trust for future trips. Food and accommodation were excellent. Waters were very calm once reaching Antarctica, to relieve anyone's seasickness. Mountain and Glacier landscapes were great. The wildlife in the area is plentiful, where we saw at least some whales, seals and penguins every day we were in Antarctica and probably 20ish whales overall. The animals aren't afraid of humans and so at worst ignore you as you get fairly close. Extra downtime filled with interesting presentations about history, animals, current antarctic science and recent environmental issue affecting it. If you absolutely must have Emporer penguins, elephant seals or Orca, check the season you're going as we saw just a few but they were unusual and not to be expected at the time/places we went.

I'd recommend this trip to anyone I knew going to Antarctica who hasn't been there before and doesn't have extremely specific desires for wildlife that I didn't mention. It's fun, comprehensive, and the minimum commitment required for the adventure it offers.

This trip took place on the Ocean Endeavor, in early-mid February, on the West side of the Antarctic Peninsula.”
ITINERARY Expand All
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  • Overview
  • Day 1 : Helsinki, Finland
  • Day 2 : Embarkation in Murmansk, Russia
  • Days 3 and 4 : At Sea
  • Days 5 to 7 : Exploring Novaya Zemlya
  • Day 8 : At Sea
  • Days 9 to 12 : Exploring Franz Josef Land
  • Days 13 and 14 : At Sea
  • Day 15 : Disembarkation Murmansk & Fly to Helsinki
  • Day 16 : Helsinki
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Meals
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • Beer and house wine during dinner
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock
Accommodation
  • Shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping
  • All shore landings per the daily program
Guide
  • Leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader
Others
  • 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
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • Hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin
  • Comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Arctic/Antarctic 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 US$500,000 per person
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International airfare
  • 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
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya tour. You can cancel the tour up to 125 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 124 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 01 June 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 01 June 2021, a deposit of 20% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 124 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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