Expedition to the Novosibirsk Islands

The expedition takes place in the extremely harsh regions of the far north of Russia on the ice of the Novosibirsk Islands on snowmobiles — more than 1000 km in the Arctic!

The route is part of the international sports and tourism program "Arctic Circumnavigation", which includes a series of routes in the Arctic and Subarctic with different types of transportation. 

The Novosibirsk Islands, discovered by Russian fur traders and explorers in the XVII–XIX centuries, remain to this day one of the most inaccessible territories of the Russian Federation. About 500 kilometers of ocean ice separates them from the nearest large settlement — Tiksi village.

Route: Tiksi — O. Stolbovoy — Kotelny Island — Bunge Strait — Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island — Tiksi.

Location

Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Bulunsky ulus municipal district, Tiksi urban-type settlement
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Duration
20 Days
19 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 30 Apr – 19 May, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Tent
    19 nights
Comfort
  • Basic
Difficulty
Challenging
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Group
Up to 3 people
Minimum age
16 years old
Group meet at
Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Bulunsky ulus municipal district, Tiksi urban-type settlement
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Strength test
The route takes place in conditions of harsh climate, short daylight hours and unpredictable drift of ice fields
The unforgettable Arctic
We are waiting for the unsociable shores and islands of the Arctic Ocean and the opportunity to meet with the owner of the Arctic — a polar bear

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - The meeting of the group in Tiksi. Preparation for the expedition

    The expedition members meet in Tiksi, Russia. 

    Tiksi village occupies an honorable fourth place in the list of the northernmost settlements of Russia after the settlements of Dixon, Syndassko, Khatanga.

    Placement.

    Introduction of participants, installation briefing on the program, equipment control. 

    Safety instructions and rules of the expedition.

    Distribution and preparation of equipment.

    Training in the management of motor vehicles. 

    Dinner with tasting of Arctic expedition drinks. 

    A warm overnight stay at the guest house.

  • Day 2 - The start of the expedition from Tiksi
  • Day 3 - Movement along the route
  • Day 4 - Movement along the route
  • Day 5 - Movement along the route
  • Day 6 - Movement along the route
  • Day 7 - Movement along the route
  • Day 8 - Movement along the route
  • Day 9 - Movement along the route
  • Day 10 - Movement along the route
  • Day 11 - Movement along the route
  • Day 12 - Movement along the route
  • Day 13 - Movement along the route
  • Day 14 - Movement along the route
  • Day 15 - Movement along the route
  • Day 16 - Movement along the route
  • Day 17 - Movement along the route
  • Day 18 - Movement along the route
  • Day 19 - Return to Tiksi
  • Day 20 - The end of the expedition
Difficulty
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Tour organizer's comments

Good physical fitness and readiness for low temperatures are necessary

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Tent
    19 nights
Comfort
  • Basic

It is planned to stay in Arctic tents for 2 people at all stages of the movement. There are no residential settlements along the expedition route. 

If possible, 2 warm overnight stays are planned at the start and at the finish (the cost of an overnight stay is included in the total price).

The cost of the tour for 1 person, depending on the snowmobile landing:

  • 1 participant on a snowmobile — 1,400,000 rubles/person.;
  • 2 participants on a snowmobile — 1,000,000 rubles/person.
Arctic tents 19 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 3 tourists
Minimum age
16 years old
Duration
20 days 19 nights
Group meets at
Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Bulunsky ulus municipal district, Tiksi urban-type settlement

Included in price

  • transport services and logistics from/to Tiksi;
  • group insurance; 
  • 3-time expedition meals; 
  • accommodation according to the program; 
  • rental of group equipment, machinery and equipment; 
  • rent of protection against predators;  
  • the work of the accompanying team; 
  • medicines in the group expedition first aid kit; 
  • communication and navigation; 
  • all fees for obtaining permits for the passage of the group along the expedition route (border permits, customs clearance, Ministry of Emergency Situations, etc.); 
  • information support of the group; 
  • aviation support in case of emergency and provision of rescue operations; 
  • personal diploma of the expedition participant.

Paid extra

  • air tickets to Tiksi and back (you can ask the expedition manager for advice on the purchase);
  • personal expenses;
  • individual equipment and medicines;
  • mandatory individual medical evacuation insurance;
  • Russian visa (for foreign participants);
  • additional services along the route at the request of the participant, not provided for in the expedition program.

It's important to know

How are meals organized during the expedition?

3-time expedition meals are provided: full hot meals in the morning and evening + snacks on the way (meat products, tea, nuts, dried fruits, chocolate). Hot Arctic meals are prepared in a tent on a primus stove made of high-quality sublimates.  

A detailed description of the menu is available on request.  

Special Arctic drinks (herbal blends, teas, coffee, tinctures) with a high content of vitamins and useful extracts in convenient packaging for Arctic expeditions are provided 

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Dates and Prices

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    30 Apr – 19 May, 2025 20 days 19 nights
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