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

The impenetrable mountains of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, the mysterious Franz Josef Land nature reserve are places where only the most passionate travelers have visited. Here, ice-covered mountain peaks rise majestically above the water. Here, polar bears walk through the endless icy deserts. On this journey, you will touch the untouched natural treasures of Russia.

Location

Russia, Murmansk
from
US$ 11 495
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Duration
14 Days
13 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
or
Accommodation
  • Cabin on the boat
    13 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
  • Upscale
  • Premium
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 12 people
Minimum age
8 years old
Group meet at
Russia, Murmansk
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

The Russian Arctic
Explore this rarely visited Arctic region
Arctic wildlife
Encounter iconic arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, walrus and seabirds
Novaya Zemlya
Explore glaciated land, where the earliest Arctic explorers overwintered
Franz Josef Land
Visit significant sites at Franz Josef Land and learn about the region’s storied history

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Embarkation in Murmansk, Russia (Fly from Helsinki)

    Our trip starts in Murmansk, Russia. Once aboard, get acquainted with the ship and crew and settle in for your voyage north.

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  • Day 2 - At Sea
  • Day 3 - At Sea
  • Day 4 - Exploring Novaya Zemlya
  • Day 5 - Exploring Novaya Zemlya
  • Day 6 - Exploring Novaya Zemlya
  • Day 7 - At Sea
  • Day 8 - Exploring Franz Josef Land
  • Day 9 - Exploring Franz Josef Land
  • Day 10 - Exploring Franz Josef Land
  • Day 11 - Exploring Franz Josef Land
  • Day 12 - At Sea
  • Day 13 - At Sea
  • Day 14 - Disembarkation Murmansk (Fly to Helsinki)
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Cabin on the boat
    13 nights
Comfort
  • Midscale
  • Upscale
  • Premium

Rates (If foreigners themselves arrive in the Russian Federation and then go on a cruise from Murmansk):

Cabins

Price per person

Price per person*

Triple

$ 11 495

$ 11 495

Lower Deck Twin

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Main DeckTwin Porthole

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Main DeckTwin Window

$ 17 395

$ 14 786

Superior

$ 18 895

$ 15 116

Deluxe

$ 18 895

$ 15 116

Suite

$ 24 195

$ 19 356

Owner's Suite

$ 25 795

$ 20 636

*Special offer for booking till 31.03.2022

If foreign tourists need an invitation for a visa to Russia – extra package required.

Mandatory transfer package includes: 

  • one night’s pre- and post-expedition airport hotel accommodation in Helsinki;
  • round-trip flights from Helsinki to Murmansk;
  • transfers to and from the ship in Murmansk.

Package price: $1,995.

Expedition ship «the Ocean Adventurer» 13 nights

Expedition ship «the Ocean Adventurer»:

As of June 2017, Quark Expeditions’ much beloved polar expedition ship the “Sea Adventurer” has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation, and been officially renamed the “Ocean Adventurer”.

The new and improved Ocean Adventurer is designed to carry 128 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 favorite 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).

With the latest rounds of refurbishments guests will enjoy:

  • A refreshed, contemporary new look and feel throughout the ship.
  • Theaddition of six new twin cabins and three new suites.
  • Allexisting cabins will be furnishedwith all new softfurnishings and brandnew bathrooms.
  • Maincommon areas such as the Lounge and Dining Room will be remodeled as well as the Bar.
  • Major technical enhancements, including two new Rolls Royceengines, which will significantly increase fuel efficiency and minimized carbon footprint.

Features:

Cabin:                             

  • 63 outside cabins with exteriorviews and en-suitefacilities;
  • TV in everycabin.

Aboard:

  • chef-prepared meals (all meals and daily snack included);
  • one dining room with unreserved seating;
  • bar staffed by a professional bartender;
  • polar Boutique;
  • multi-purpose lounge and presentation room;
  • exercise Room;
  • ship-to-shore satellite communications with email, and wireless, Internet access;
  • polar Library with a largecollection of polar books.

Activities:

  • Zodiac Cruising (included);
  • hiking & snowshoeing (included);
  • optional kayaking (additional charge);
  • camping (additional charge, on select voyages).
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Tour conditions

Group
up to 12 tourists
Minimum age
8 years old
Duration
14 days 13 nights
Group meets at
Russia, Murmansk

Included in price

  • shipboard accommodation with daily housekeeping;
  • all meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices on board;
  • beer and house wine during dinner;
  • all shore landings per the daily program;
  • leadership throughout the voyage by our experienced Expedition Leader;
  • 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;
  • coffee, tea and cocoa available around the clock;
  • complimentary reusable water bottle;
  • hair dryer and bathrobe in every cabin;
  • comprehensive onboard materials, including a map and an informative Arctic 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;
  • Russian invitation letter for visa application provided after final payment.

Paid extra

  • international/domestic flights to Murmansk and back;
  • arrival and departure transfers in Helsinki;
  • passport and visa expenses;
  • government arrival and departure taxes not mentioned above;
  • meals ashore unless otherwises pecified;
  • 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.

It's important to know

Are plane tickets included in the tour price?

Plane and train tickets are not included in the tour price.

You can order it by yourself or contact us for help.

Is insurance included in the tour price?

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