Epic Northeast Passage | 26 days
On the fabled Northeast Passage, travellers will encounter thick pack ice, unique geological formations and the fascinating cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Russian Arctic. On-board helicopters and your ship’s sheer icebreaking force combine to take you to some of the most magnificent regions of the world where others dare not sail. Your unforgettable journey will begin in Anchorage, before a charter flight to Anadyr in the far east of Russia for embarkation.
Your journey follows the north coast of Russia via the Chukotka Peninsula and Wrangel Island, through the Eastern Siberian Sea to landings at Severnaya Zemlya, Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land, well above the Arctic Circle, before you disembark at Longyearbyen.
Land-based programme, 12-17 April and 14-19 April 2016
When: 10 July – 4 August 2016
Guide price:£30,855 per person based on twin cabin (private facilities)
“A brilliant holiday! Franz Josef Land must be the ultimate Arctic experience.”
Barbara Forrai and Margaret Dykes, Franz Josef Land, August 2012
“As Marion promised, I attach a copy of the log from our recent trip to Franz Josef Land. The photos in the log illustrate the quality of the polar bear encounters! Dense sea ice is definitely the place to see bears at close range, and we couldn’t have got into the middle of it without an icebreaker. In one twenty-four hour period we had fourteen bear encounters. Often with two in view at the same time. (That 14 count involved some repeat visits by the same bear, who seemed fascinated by the ship).”
Grant Hutchison and Marion McMurdo, Franz Josef Land, July 2011