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Rarely visited today yet significant in the history of polar exploration, Franz Josef Land is worthy of its legendary reputation.

This extraordinary expedition to Franz Josef Land is as unique and authentic as the place itself. Starting in Longyearbyen in the Norwegian territory of Svalbard, we cross the icy, wildlife-rich Barents Sea to the Russian High Arctic. In Franz Josef Land we discover unparalleled landscapes, wildlife, and history in one of the wildest and most remote corners of the Arctic.

Back in Svalbard we have the opportunity to explore beautiful fjords and islands on the northwestern coast of Spitsbergen. Here we seek the full range of Arctic wildlife in one of the world’s most impressive polar desert environments.

*Please note: Cruises in 2019 start and end in Longyearbyen (Svalbard), but do not include exploration of Spitsbergen.

NEXT DEPARTURE
more dates 19 Jul – 02 Aug 2019
EMBARKATION
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
DISEMBARKATION
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
DAYS
15 days

DEPARTURES

ITINERARYDATESDAYSACTIVITIESSPECIAL OFFERRATES FROM
Russian High Arctic
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) – Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
19 Jul – 02 Aug 201915Sea Kayak Club Photography
$ 9 995
per person
Russian High Arctic
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) – Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
01 Aug – 14 Aug 201914Sea Kayak Club Photography
$ 9 795
per person
Russian High Arctic
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) – Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
13 Aug – 26 Aug 201914Sea Kayak Club Photography
$ 9 795
per person
Russian High Arctic
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) – Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
20 Jul – 02 Aug 202014Sea Kayak Club PhotographyEARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
$ 9 995
$ 8 996
per person
Russian High Arctic
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) – Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
01 Aug – 14 Aug 202014Sea Kayak Club PhotographyEARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
$ 9 995
$ 8 996
per person
Russian High Arctic
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) – Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
13 Aug – 26 Aug 202014Sea Kayak Club PhotographyEARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
$ 9 995
$ 8 996
per person

19 Jul – 02 Aug 2019

 TRIPLE CLASSIC
$ 9 995
REQUEST
 MAIN DECK SUITE
$ 13 595
REQUEST
 CLASSIC SUITE
$ 14 595
REQUEST
 SUPERIOR SUITE
$ 14 995
REQUEST
 DELUXE SUITE
$ 16 895
REQUEST
 PREMIUM SUITE
$ 18 495
REQUEST
 OWNERS SUITE
$ 23 995
REQUEST

01 Aug – 14 Aug 2019

 TRIPLE CLASSIC
$ 9 795
REQUEST
 MAIN DECK SUITE
$ 13 395
REQUEST
 CLASSIC SUITE
$ 14 395
REQUEST
 SUPERIOR SUITE
$ 14 695
REQUEST
 DELUXE SUITE
$ 16 595
REQUEST
 PREMIUM SUITE
$ 18 195
REQUEST
 OWNERS SUITE
$ 23 795
REQUEST

13 Aug – 26 Aug 2019

 TRIPLE CLASSIC
$ 9 795
REQUEST
 MAIN DECK SUITE
$ 13 395
REQUEST
 CLASSIC SUITE
$ 14 395
REQUEST
 SUPERIOR SUITE
$ 14 695
REQUEST
 DELUXE SUITE
$ 16 595
REQUEST
 PREMIUM SUITE
$ 18 195
REQUEST
 OWNERS SUITE
$ 23 795
REQUEST

20 Jul – 02 Aug 2020

 TRIPLE CLASSIC
$ 8 996
$ 9 995
REQUEST
 MAIN DECK SUITE
$ 12 506
$ 13 895
REQUEST
 CLASSIC SUITE
$ 13 316
$ 14 795
REQUEST
 SUPERIOR SUITE
$ 12 831
$ 15 095
REQUEST
 DELUXE SUITE
$ 14 446
$ 16 995
REQUEST
 PREMIUM SUITE
$ 16 061
$ 18 895
REQUEST
 OWNERS SUITE
$ 20 906
$ 24 595
REQUEST
01 Aug – 14 Aug 2020
 TRIPLE CLASSIC
$ 8 996
$ 9 995
REQUEST
 MAIN DECK SUITE
$ 12 506
$ 13 895
REQUEST
 CLASSIC SUITE
$ 13 316
$ 14 795
REQUEST
 SUPERIOR SUITE
$ 12 831
$ 15 095
REQUEST
 DELUXE SUITE
$ 14 446
$ 16 995
REQUEST
 PREMIUM SUITE
$ 16 061
$ 18 895
REQUEST
 OWNERS SUITE
$ 20 906
$ 24 595
REQUEST

13 Aug – 26 Aug 2020

 TRIPLE CLASSIC
$ 8 996
$ 9 995
REQUEST
 MAIN DECK SUITE
$ 12 506
$ 13 895
REQUEST
 CLASSIC SUITE
$ 13 316
$ 14 795
REQUEST
 SUPERIOR SUITE
$ 12 831
$ 15 095
REQUEST
 DELUXE SUITE
$ 14 446
$ 16 995
REQUEST
 PREMIUM SUITE
$ 16 061
$ 18 895
REQUEST
 OWNERS SUITE
$ 20 906
$ 24 595
REQUEST

HIGHLIGHTS

HIGH ARCTIC WILDERNESS

Franz Josef Land, part of the Russian Arctic National Park, is a nature sanctuary. Polar bears, walrus, endangered bowhead whales, and other Arctic wildlife can be spotted anywhere, anytime in and around the archipelago. Svalbard is a similarly protected wilderness where we find flowering tundra and tidewater glaciers.

Steep cliffs and scree slopes in both island groups accommodate enormous colonies of nesting seabirds such as dovekies, guillemots, and rare ivory gulls. 24-hour daylight allows us to exploit every opportunity for wildlife viewing in this unique polar ecosystem.

HISTORY OF POLAR EXPLORATION

In Franz Josef Land we encounter a stark and enigmatic landscape steeped in the drama and heroism of early polar exploration. At places like Bell Island, Cape Flora, and Cape Tegetthoff we have the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Fridtjof Nansen, Frederick George Jackson, Julius von Payer, and other polar explorers.

At Tikhaya Bukhta we find the ruins of a Soviet-era research facility that was also a major base for polar expeditions. Across the archipelago there are monuments, memorials, crosses, and the remains of makeshift dwellings, all testimony to incredible historical events.

SPITSBERGEN, SVALBARD

On this voyage we also experience stunning scenery and abundant wildlife in Spitsbergen, Svalbard’s largest island. This classic Arctic destination is home to reindeer, Arctic fox, millions of seabirds, numerous marine mammal species, and a high concentration of polar bears.

In this multifaceted landscape of glaciated mountains and coastal plains we also find historical sites and the Arctic research community of Ny Ålesund, complete with gift shop, post office, and museum.