Fridtjof Nansen – a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and Hjalmar Johansen – a Norwegian polar explorer took part of the expedition in 1893-1896. It was adventurous but extremely dangerous regarding the weather conditions. Splendour and authenticity are what you would expect from this journey. The voyage has been set for those who wish to discover the nature in its full potential, experience different cultures as you will be stopping through different cities and observe the wild and rarely-visited historic Franz Joseph Land.
Norway has beautiful landscapes and its coastline is vast and rich in diversity. The expedition will start in the city of Tromsø in northern Norway. This is where the Artic adventure begins. Tromsø has many to offer. So, take some time to visit around and then get ready for the embarkation. 
Along the way, you will stop by a few Norwegian cities until you get to Murmansk, in Russia. From there, you will sail through the Barents Sea to the remote Franz Josef Land.
It is more likely that sighting walrus and polar bears will be part of your journey, but not only. Be on the lookout as you might spot some whales during your voyage as well.

Highlights

- Discover different cultures along the way
- Experience wildlife in the remote Franz Joseph Land
- Picturesque landscapes and untouched wilderness

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Embarkment from Tromsø
Day 2: Landing at Sørøya
Day 3: Murmansk, Russia
Day 4-5: Sailing to Franz Jospeh Land
Day 6-10: Franz Joseph Land Archipelago
Day 11-12: The Barents Sea
Day 13: Back to Murmansk
Day 14: Skarsvåg – the Northernmost Point in Europe
Day 15: Disembarkation

Day 1: Embarkment from Tromsø
Tromsø is the point of departure for our expedition. But before that, why not spending some time to explore the city and enjoy its breath-taking views on top of the Fløyfjellet Mountain. If you go to the Polar Museum, they will tell you more about the great explorers who ventured into the sea up North!


Day 2: Landing at Sørøya
On board of the ship, you will then land at Sørøya, the Norway’s fourth largest island. The island is rocky and mountainous, allowing you to get into the highest points should you want to challenge yourself and be a bit more adventurous. The tallest mountain is called Komagaksla and is 2,162 ft high. You could do some hiking around the area and observe the wilderness and uniqueness of this part of the world.

Day 3: Murmansk, Russia
Now you will land in Russia, most particularly in Murmansk – the youngest city in the country. It was created in 1915 during the first world war for military purposes. Indeed, Allies were shipping military supplies to support Russia at that time. Nowadays, the city is still what we call a port city and remain an important place as it is set to be the Russian terminus of the Arctic Bridge, which will link Russia to Canada. It is said that the bridge will serve as a major trade route between North America, Europe and Asia. 

Day 4-5: Sailing to Franz Jospeh Land
Crossing the Barents Sea will take about 2 days. This will be a great opportunity to review the highlights of the voyage. The expedition team will brief you before to land in the Franz Josef Land.

Day 6-10: Franz Joseph Land Archipelago
Once in the Franz Joseph Land archipelago, the Captain and his crew will decide where would be the most appropriate landing spot. It will most likely depend on the ice floe and weather conditions. The archipelago regroups 191 islands and covers a vast area of 16,134 square kilometres.
The flora varies between islands, and with the low temperatures, the vegetation grows only on stones. However, you could find Artic poppy which is usually on Heiss Island. Otherwise, the archipelago has different species such as saxifrage, alpine foxtail or buttercups. The islands have rich biodiversity of rare marine mammals: you could spot Artic fox, the majestic Polar bear, but also the harp seal or the remarkable walrus.

Day 11-12: The Barents Sea
As you are heading back to Murmansk, you will cross the Barents Sea which was named after Willem Barents attempted to find the Northeast Passage. Take those 2 days to relax and digest the great adventure you went through for the past days.

Day 13: Back to Murmansk
In Murmansk, you will have more time to visit the city. More specifically, you could go and see the Alyosha monument – a 35.5 metres (116 ft) gigantic statue that has been built in memory of soldiers that gave their lives in World War 2 during the Arctic campaign. If you wish to know more about the area, the submarine Kursk and the Saviour on the Waters would probably be something to look at.

Day 14: Skarsvåg – the Northernmost Point in Europe
As you return from the Franz Joseph Land Archipelago and Murmansk, you will stop by Skarsvåg, a small village located along the Northern coast in Norway. It is the world’s northernmost fishing village. The plateau in North Cape is a popular tourist attraction where you can enjoy a picturesque view on the horizon. From the cape, you should watch the midnight sun that gives you the impression to observe the sun lying onto the water. A memorable and unique moment.

Day 15: Disembarkation
Time is flying, and it is already the end of your trip. Fortunately, you will bring along exceptional memories from a unique experience. If you think about it, you did sail at the top of the world!

MS Spitsbergen

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MS Spitsbergen is named after the Arctic crown of Norway, after a complete reconstruction in 2016, the ship spends part of the year sailing the Norwegian Coast and part of the year as part of the expedition programme, to destinations further afield. 

MS Spitsbergen from 29th August 2019 to 12th September 2019

Polar Inside: £6,039.00
Polar Outside: £6,899.00
Arctic Superior: £7,629.00
Expedition Suite: £10,149.00

MS Spitsbergen from 12th September 2019 to 26th September 2019

Polar Inside: £5,749.00
Polar Outside: £6,559.00
Arctic Superior: £7,429.00
Expedition Suite: £9,639.00

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