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Follow in the footsteps of early Arctic explorers as you sail to two of the most isolated archipelagoes in the Russian High Arctic. Where ice-capped peaks soar majestically out of the water, and polar bears wander in their natural environment.
Day 1-2: Helsinki to Murmansk
Day 3-7: The Barents Sea & Novaya Zemlya
Day 8-12: At Sea & Franz Josef Land
Day 13-16: At Sea, Murmansk & Helsinki
The journey begins in the vibrant city of Helsinki. You will then fly to Murmansk, in the Russian Arctic and embark your ship. Take the opportunity to get acquainted with the staff, your fellow travellers and get ready for this exciting journey.
Sail through the Barents Sea and be on the lookout for kittiwakes, skuas, fulmars, as well as whales and seals along the way. Being the third-largest wilderness area in Europe, Novaya Zemlya represents a pristine arctic location where you can encounter Brünnich’s guillemots nesting in the cliffs and explore the dramatic glaciers by Zodiac.
Your journey continues towards Franz Josef Land. There are plenty of activities to enjoy while at sea, including cruising on a Zodiac, presentations from the Expedition team and relaxing in the polar library. The remote Franz Josef Land archipelago is home to historical sites from the age of exploration. You will follow the footsteps of some of the greatest polar explorers including Fridtjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen who overwintered here from 1895 to 1896. The region offers rich and diverse wildlife from the elusive walruses to the cute harp seal and, of course, the majestic polar bear.
Sail back to Murmansk through the Barents Sea and take this time to share your incredible experiences. Catch your flight to Helsinki where you can either decide to transfer to the airport for your flight home or spend extra days in Helsinki and the surrounding area.
The Ocean Adventurer has been a very popular Antarctic exploration ship for many years and is perfectly designed for exploring the region. Carrying just 128 passengers ensures there is a high focus on exploration, and the ship boasts an expert team of expedition staff alongside a varied programme of landings, a fleet of zodiacs and a series of lectures.
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