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

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  • Polar expeditions and cruise
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  • duration 16 days
  • tour type Cruise
  • age requirement 8+ years old
  • max group size 20
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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
This cruise trip starts from and ends in Helsinki. You will be cruising through Finland, Russia and Ethiopia and sail via Franz Josef Land, Helsinki and Murmansk. The trip "Jewels Of The Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land And Novaya Zemlya" takes 16 days and includes cabin accommodation onboard the cruise ship and other items. See the package includes section for additional details.

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.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT QUARK EXPEDITIONS
5 - Excellent
Based on 32 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 13 2019
5 - Excellent
Review for another Quark Expeditions tour
“What a great expedition! It was a trip of a lifetime. Im so glad we included the South Georgia Islands as part of the itinerary.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Dec 12 2019
5 - Excellent
Review for another Quark Expeditions tour
“This was a perfect experience for us. We don't want to come home, and we felt both safe when needed and free to explore our surroundings. We wish Quark continued success with their hiring such stellar individuals. Additionally, Reniel & Tamara, who took care of our room on the 4th floor, were thoughtful, cheerful & helpful. Dining room staff, especially Andrea, Harrison, Milos and Halim, were so nice to see each day, and actually anticipated our wants. Tracie made fantastic meals and her vibrant personality was a joy. Your behind-the-scenes staff were also pleasant & welcoming when we would meet them in passing. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This was the best decision we've made since getting married. Quark was the perfect choice.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 12 2019
5 - Excellent
Review for another Quark Expeditions tour
“Fantastic trip. Great excursions and sights. Lots of effort to get us out and ashore. Great communication. Great accommodation. Loved the yoga. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. I AM SOOO HAPPY!!!”
ITINERARY Expand All
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  • Overview
  • Day 1 : Arrive in Helsinki, Finland
  • Day 2 : Fly to Murmansk, Russia and Embark
  • 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 : Disembark in Murmansk and Fly to Helsinki, Finland
  • Day 16 : Depart 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
  • Mandatory price included
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 26 May 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 26 May 2022, 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 traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Clean and healthy vessels that meet international certifications for infection prevention is ensured.
  • For the duration of the expedition, you will be only interacting with your fellow pre-screened passengers and Quark Expeditions staff.
  • This tour requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before your departure day.
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