General

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 dates18 Aug – 01 Sep 2018
EMBARKATION
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
DISEMBARKATION
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
DAYS
15 days

DEPARTURES

ITINERARYDATESDAYSACTIVITIESSPECIAL OFFERRATES FROM
Franz Josef Land Archipelago
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) – Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
01 Aug – 14 Aug 201914Sea Kayak Club PhotographyEARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
$ 9 795
$ 8 816
per person
Franz Josef Land Archipelago
Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen) – Longyearbyen (Spitsbergen)
13 Aug – 26 Aug 201914Sea Kayak Club PhotographyEARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
$ 9 795
$ 8 816
per person

 

01 Aug – 14 Aug 2019

 TRIPLE CLASSIC
$ 8 816
$ 9 795
REQUEST
 MAIN DECK SUITE
$ 12 056
$ 13 395
REQUEST
 CLASSIC SUITE
$ 12 956
$ 14 395
REQUEST
 SUPERIOR SUITE
$ 12 491
$ 14 695
REQUEST
 DELUXE SUITE
$ 14 106
$ 16 595
REQUEST
 PREMIUM SUITE
$ 15 466
$ 18 195
REQUEST
 OWNERS SUITE
$ 20 226
$ 23 795
REQUEST

 

 

13 Aug – 26 Aug 2019

 

 TRIPLE CLASSIC
$ 8 816
$ 9 795
REQUEST
 MAIN DECK SUITE
$ 12 056
$ 13 395
REQUEST
 CLASSIC SUITE
$ 12 956
$ 14 395
REQUEST
 SUPERIOR SUITE
$ 12 491
$ 14 695
REQUEST
 DELUXE SUITE
$ 14 106
$ 16 595
REQUEST
 PREMIUM SUITE
$ 15 466
$ 18 195
REQUEST
 OWNERS SUITE
$ 20 226
$ 23 795
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.

Cancellation / Prepayment

Reservations and Payments. A deposit of 20% of the appropriate cabin rate is required
to confirm the reservation; the final payment (80%) is due 90 days prior to the departure.
All payments are to be made in the agreed currency indicated on the invoice. The deposit
can be made by credit card or via bank transfer. The final payment is to be made via bank
transfer. North American office also accepts credit cards and checks for deposit
and final payment.
Payment Delay. The date of payment is considered to be the date of crediting the funds
to the account of Operator.
In case of payment delay Operator has the right to apply payment delay fee which equals
to 0.1% from the due amount for each day of delay.

 

Booking Cancellations/Refunds. All requests for cancellation must be made in writing.
Reservations cancelled more than 120 days prior to departure are subject to a USD 750per
person cancellation fee. Reservations cancelled from 119 to 91 days prior to departure are
subject to 20% per person cancellation fee. Reservations cancelled 90 days or less prior to
departure are subject to full fare forfeiture (cancellation fee is 100%). For these and other
reasons mentioned below, passengers are strongly encouraged to obtain trip cancellation
insurance.
The services included in the cruise rate are based on group participation, and no refunds will
be made for any part of the program in which passengers choose not to participate, including
any Zodiac cruises or landings. It should be understood that refunds will not be made
to passengers who do not complete the tour for any reason whatsoever.
Voyage Cancellation. Operator reserves the right to cancel any departure due to insufficient
reservations up to eight weeks before the date of departure (passengers may be offered
alternative cruise dates). Operator also reserves the right to cancel any departure up until
the date of that departure due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond the control
of Operator that prevents the operation of the tour (this also includes governmental and
administrative decisions).
Operator or its agents are not responsible for any costs or penalties relating to air transport
or other services that are cancelled. Operator is not liable for failure to provide the services
or accommodations offered to the extent that such services or accommodations cannot be
provided due to force majeure or other circumstances beyond its control.
Transferred reservations/name changes. Bookings transferred from one departure (more
than 90 days prior to departure) to another, for the same passenger can be made at no
charge, based on availability. By direct permission, and on a limited basis, name changes on
a reservation can be made at a fee of USD 300 per person, but not less than 90 days before
the departure.

 

Children. Children must be at least 12 years of age to participate in the expedition cruise.
However, Operator may accept children ages 6-11 on a case by case basis after additional
consideration by the Operator.
On-board language. All voyages are conducted in English and German. For groups
of passengers speaking other languages, Operator recruits multi-lingual staff members,
who assist the passengers during briefings and lectures. Staff varies from voyage
to voyage; please check when booking.
On-board authority. All passengers are subject to instructions or regulations given
by the Captain or the Expedition Leader.
On-board payments. All payments are in US dollars. Passengers may run a tab which must
be paid prior to disembarkation. Payments can be made in cash or via credit card.

 

 

 

Available departures

  • Premium Suite (SHIP M/V SEA SPIRIT)

    Premium Suite (SHIP M/V SEA SPIRIT)

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    Cabin facilities:Fridge, Hair Dryer, Individual Air Condition, Private Balcony, Telephone, TV

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    230 M² (323 FT²)PRIVATE BALCONY
    The Premium Suites are located on the Sun Deck. Averaging a generous 30 square metres/ 323 square feet, with two twin beds or a King Size bed. Access the private balcony by a sliding glass door. Amenities include: en suite facilities, lounge area, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.

    Bed size:Two twin beds or a King Size bed

  • Owners Suite (SHIP M/V SEA SPIRIT)

    Owners Suite (SHIP M/V SEA SPIRIT)

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    Cabin facilities:Bathtub, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Private Deck, Separate sitting area, Telephone, TV

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    243 M² (463 FT²)PRIVATE DECK
    Super-spacious (43 square metres/ 463 square feet) elegant suite on the Sun Deck. Designed forentertaining, the Owner’s Suite has a separate living room with game and meeting area. A BOSE stereo system provides background music, or watch videos on the HD plasma TV. Sliding glass doors lead to a private deck. Refresh in the jetted bathtub in en suite facilities. Slumber in the King Size bed. A sofa bed can accommodate a third person.

    Bed size:King Size bed

  • Deluxe Suite (SHIP M/V SEA SPIRIT)

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    224 M² (258 FT²)PRIVATE BALCONY
    The Deluxe Suites with balconies are located on the Sports Deck. Averaging 24 square metres/ 258 square feet means plenty of room. Choose from either two twin beds or a King Size bed. A sliding glass door leads to a private balcony. These suites feature a walk-in closet or wardrobe. Amenities include en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and a hair dryer.

    Bed size:Two twin beds or a King Size bed

  • Superior Suite (SHIP M/V SEA SPIRIT)

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    220 M² (215 FT²)PICTURE WINDOW
    Superior Suites are located on the Club Deck. Averaging 20 square metres/ 215 square feet, these cabins feature two twin beds or a King Size bed. The picture window overlooks an outside walkway on the Club Deck. Amenities include: en suite facilities, walk-in closet or wardrobe, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, hair dryer.

    Bed size:Two twin beds or a King Size bed

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    221 M² (226 FT²)PICTURE WINDOW
    Averaging 21 square metres/226 square feet, these cabins are located on the Oceanus Deck. They feature a picture window, two wardrobes and a choice of either two twin beds or a King Size bed. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control and hair dryer.

    Bed size:King Size / Twin

  • Main Deck Suite (SHIP M/V SEA SPIRIT)

    Main Deck Suite (SHIP M/V SEA SPIRIT)

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    Cabin facilities:Air Conditioning / Central Heating, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Safety Deposit Box, Telephone, TV

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    223 M² (248 FT²)PORTHOLES
    Averaging 23 square metres/248 square feet, Main Deck cabins are equipped with either two twins or a King Size bed. They are located on the Main Deck with a minimum of two portholes for exterior views. Amenities include: en suite facilities, in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD individual temperature control and hair dryer.

    Bed size:King size / Twin

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    321 M² (226 FT²)PICTURE WINDOW
    Averaging 21 square metres/226 square feet, these staterooms have two twins and a comfortable sofa bed. The twins also convert to a King, if desired. Located on Oceanus Deck, these suites have a picture window, two wardrobes and en suite facilities. Amenities include: in-room safe, refrigerator, satellite telephone access, TV/DVD, individual temperature control, and hair dryer.

    Bed size:King size/Twin

Facilities

  • Bathtub
  • Fridge
  • Hair Dryer
  • Individual Air Condition
  • Private Balcony
  • Private Deck
  • Separate sitting area
  • Telephone
  • TV

Activities

PHOTOGRAPHY

Franz Josef Land offers an abundance of unique photo opportunities. Our free photography program gives you the chance to learn and practice your photography skills alongside an expert photographer.

A dynamic land of contrasts, Franz Josef Land boasts lush tundra oases amidst vast polar deserts, bird cliffs in sight of glaciers, and sea ice any time of year. You can capture it all with the benefit of 24-hour daylight.

This enchanting landscape also has photo-worthy geological features such as the mysterious stone spheres of Champ Island. Our expert will be available to help you make the most of this bounty in your viewfinder.

SEA KAYAK CLUB

If visitors to these islands are few, then kayakers who have taken advantage of these waters are far fewer still. This is a shame, as Franz Josef Land offers some amazing paddling opportunities.

A variety of ice features and the possibility of encountering seals and walrus make this an exciting place to be a kayaker. Paddling adventures here are real and unscripted as we explore rugged coastlines and uncharted waters in this remote Arctic wilderness.

Sea Kayak Club participants in Franz Josef Land have the opportunity to paddle where very few people have paddled before. If you enjoy sea kayaking, then do not miss your chance to participate in this fun and interesting optional activity.

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