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North East Passage

Destination: Arctic
This tour is not available and is archived.
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
28 Days
Highlights
  • Acquaintance with culture of Chukchi and Eskimos
  • Visit of Whale Bone Alley
  • Visit of different islands
  • Observation of animals
  • The shortest seaway between the western part of Russia and Far east
Tour Overview

Russia controls one of the major sea routes in the world, widely known as the Northeast Passage. Until recently only a few expedition vessels could have ever gone this way through. Though recent changes in sea ice conditions turned this route accessible for common tourists. Considering this, apparently it`s the right time for us to invite you to be part of our history making expeditions through the Northern Sea Route.
During this cruise you can discover how diverse is the nature of the Arctic: unique geological formations, fascinating culture of indigenous people, bears, walruses, musk-oxen and birds. The programme covers the visits to the Wrangle Island, Cape Dezhnev, the Novosibirsk Islands, Severnaya Zemlya (the North Land), Franz Josef Land and Spitsbergen. A journey to these breathtaking places awaits you!

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Departure from Anadyr
    Anandyr
  • Day 2
    One day at sea
    Anadyr — Preobrazheniye Bay
  • Day 3
    Whale alley and hot springs
    Yttygran Island
  • Day 4
    Aboriginal peoples in the Arctic
    Yttygran Island — Cape Dezhnev
  • Day 5
    Kolyuchin island
    Cape Dezhnev — Kolyuchin Island
  • Day 6
    Wrangel island
    Kolyuchin Island — Wrangel Island
  • Day 7
    Flora and fauna of the island
    Wrangel Island
  • Day 8
    Bird-watching
    Wrangel Island
  • Day 9
    East-siberian sea
    Wrangel Island — East Siberian sea
  • Day 10
    Reindeer herders of Chukotka
    East Siberian sea — Ayon island
  • Day 11
    Medvezhyi islands
    Ayon island — Medvejyi islands
  • Day 12
    Sea navigation
    East Siberian sea
  • Day 13
    Novossibirsk islands
    Novossibirsk islands
  • Day 14
    Continuation of the excursion to the islands
    Novossibirsk islands
  • Day 15
    De Long islands
    De Long island
  • Day 16
    Laptev sea
    Laptev sea
  • Day 17
    Further croosinf of the sea
    Laptev sea
  • Day 18
    North land
    North land
  • Day 19
    Northern fiords and glaciers
    North land
  • Day 20
    Aquientence with the Arctic animals
    North land
  • Day 21
    Kara sea passage
    North land — Kara sea
  • Day 22
    Continuation of the navigation
    Kara sea
  • Day 23
    Franz Josef land
    Kara sea — Franz Josef land
  • Day 24
    The Polar Bears
    Franz Josef land
  • Day 25
    Bird watching
    Franz Josef land
  • Day 26
    Barents sea
    Franz Josef land — Barents sea
  • Day 27
    Continuation of the navigation
    Barents sea
  • Day 28
    Arrival to Murmansk
    Barents sea — Murmansk
  • 10:00
    Arrival to Anadyr
    * The indicated time is approximate and can be changed according to the chosen flight.
  • 11:00
    Transfer to the sea port
    Embarkation on board and accommodation in the cabins.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 15:00
    Departure
    In the afternoon we start our navigation. There will be introductions to the vessel and the crew on board.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Anandyr
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Free time on board
    During the crossing of the Gulf of Anadyr we will have opportunities to observe pelagic birds and marine mammals. Scenic cliffs tower over Achen Lake – a place where several valuable fish species spawn. Rocks, in their turn, serve as a place where bird colonies nest.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Preobrazhenia bay (Transfiguration)
    We will pass in front of the basaltic aiguilles of the bay.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Anadyr — Preobrazheniye Bay
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Whale bone alley
    While being on Yttygran Island we will visit Whale Bone Alley– one of the most significant and intriguing archaeological sites in the Arctic. It is a construction of two rows of the huge bones of Greenland whales, dug into the ground near the shore.
  • 13:00
    Lunch on board
  • 14:00
    Gil’mimyl Hot Springs
    This springs are the hottest and the most powerful in Chukotka. Also, the natural thermal pools are the biggest and very beautiful.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Yttygran Island
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Arrival to Cape Dezhnev
    This cape is the eastern extremity of the Eurasian continent.
  • 11:00
    Debarkation and walking around
  • 15:00
    Visit of local villages
    This afternoon we visit the nearby village of Uelen (the most eastern village of Russia). Here we enjoy the hospitality of the local people who are predominantly Chukchi and enjoy a cultural performance and visit a bone-carving studio.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Yttygran Island — Cape Dezhnev
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Wintering place
    Early this morning we will pass close by the place where the Swedish explorer Adolf Erik Nordenskiold over-wintered in 1878.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Debarkation on the island
    We plan to land on Kolyuchin Island, where there are some abandoned Polar research and weather stations. There are some terrific bird cliffs where it is possible to get some great photos of puffins, guillemots and gulls.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Cape Dezhnev — Kolyuchin Island
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Arrival to the Wrangel island
    * Time and place of landings depends on the weather conditions.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Landing on the islans
    During these days we will land on Wrangel Island that is classified to be one of the World Heritages thanks to its diverse flora and a large number of birds. There are a lot of musk ox. Here the mammoth bones were found. This animals lived in tundra more then 10 000 years ago. There are often drift ices near the island.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Route
Kolyuchin Island — Wrangel Island
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Excursion on the island
    A lot of Wrangel Island’s significance lies in the fact that it is a major Polar Bear denning area. It is one of the best places for observing these imperial animals. If we get a chance we will meet this animals.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Route
Wrangel Island
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Landing on the island
    It is also the target piece of land for migratory birds flying north. Each summer thousands of birds migrate here to breed, including Snow Geese, Snowy Owls, skuas, Arctic Terns, Ross’s, Sabine’s and Ivory Gulls.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the cruise
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Route
Wrangel Island
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Navigation in the East-siberian sea
    This sea occupies the area between the Novosibirskie Islands and Wrangel Island. Three of Siberia’s major rivers flow into it – the Indigirka, Alazaya and the Kolyma.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Wrangel Island — East Siberian sea
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Landing on the Ayon island
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Aquientence with locals
    This island is home to a small group of Chukchi Reindeer herders. We enjoy their hospitality and learn about reindeer herding.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
East Siberian sea — Ayon island
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Visit of islands
    This group of islands is made by six island units: Krestovskiy, Leontieva, Four Pillars, Pushkarev, Lysova and Andreev. There is no permanent settlement on these little-known and seldom visited islands. However there are good conditions for observing Polar Bears.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Route
Ayon island — Medvejyi islands
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Free time of board
    In the East Siberian Sea we make our way to Novosibirsk Islands.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the cruise
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
East Siberian sea
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Stop near the Novossibirsk islands
    Novosibirsk Islands are situated on the border between the Laptev Sea and East Siberian Seas. They consist of three major groups: Southern, Central (Anzhu) and Northern (De Long) Group. The islands are virtually unexplored and are uninhabited apart from the researchers in a couple of weather stations. We will explore the islands by making several landings in search of Arctic flora and fauna.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Liakhovskie island
    These islands were doscovered in 1712. They became popular when in 2013 the researchers found there bones of a mammoth with non-freezing blood.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Route
Novossibirsk islands
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Visit of the Anzhu islands
    The islands Anzhu is a central group of the Novossibirsk arсhipelago. They are within the Lena Delta Nature Reserve. They were called in honor of the great russian Arctic researcher - Petr Anzhu.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the excursion
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Route
Novossibirsk islands
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Visit of the De Long islands
    Today we will visit the northern part of teh Novossibirsk archipelago - De Long islands.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the cruise
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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De Long island
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Сommencement of sea passage
    The Laptev sea is the peripheral sea of the Arctic Ocean. On the Laptev Sea we will go to the Severnaya Zemlya (North land).
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the navigation
    We will have an opportunity to see rare walruses found only in the Laptev Sea.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Laptev sea
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Free time
    Although this sea is considered to be the severest on the North, you can admire the picturesque views of this cold region - the qverqge temprerature is about 0 °C durnig almost 9 months of the year.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Laptev sea
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Visit of the archipelago North land
    Today we will land on Severnaya Zemlya (North land). The islands were not discovered until the expedition of 1913-15 taken by the Russian explorer Vilkitski. The Severnaya Zemlya Islands are situated on the border of the Kara and Laptev Seas and are an extension of the Taimyr Peninsula.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 16:00
    Continuation of the excursion
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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North land
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Stop near the glaciers
    The shores are heavily glaciated with deep fiords and majestic glaciers which make them magnificent for cruising.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Free time on board
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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North land
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Arctic fauna
    There is also a great selection and abundance of Arctic wildlife including Polar Bears, Arctic Foxes, Arctic Hares and walruses.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the cruise
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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North land
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Sea passage
    The Kara Sea is one of the coldest seas in Russia. It lies between Franz Josef Land and Severnaya Zemlya (North Land) Archipelago.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Continuation of the navigation
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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North land — Kara sea
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Free time on the board
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Free time
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Kara sea
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Stop neat the archipelago
    The Franz Josef archipelago is the biggest group of islands in the north of Eurasia. They are situated near the North Pole.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Landing
    On our zodiacs, we will reach the coast for immersing in the beauty of the northern wild nature. Although 83% of the territory is covered by the eternal ice, the views really fascinate.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Kara sea — Franz Josef land
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Debarkation on the coast
    In the morning we will land on the coast. We can do trekking and stretch our legs !
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Bear observation
    Except the one weather station there is no other people on the archipelago that's wgi the animals fell free here. Moving along the shore we will meet polar bears which examine new guests and allow to us a lot of good shorts. Moreover there are a lot of walruses for observing.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Franz Josef land
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Visit of rookeries
    According to the ice situation, we will land on the islands or sail along the shore for observing the rookeries of sea birds:
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Landing on the shore
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
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Franz Josef land
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Day in sea
    We will cross the Barents sea. This sea is named in honour of Dutch seafarer and navigator Willem Barents who explored the region in two separate expeditions of 1594 and 1596. We will keep a look at marine mammals and of course seabirds.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Free time on board
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
Route
Franz Josef land — Barents sea
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Sea crossing
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Free time on board
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight on board
Photo of the day
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Barents sea
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Arrival to Mourmansk and debarkation
  • 12:00
    Transfer port - airport/hotel
    End of the programme
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Barents sea — Murmansk
Detailed description
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Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Letter of invitation
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Beverages
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price is given for the Standard Twin Deck with Simple comfort accommodation, toilet and shower outdoors. Port charges - 500 $. To book the others categories, the following supplement is applied: + 1 600 $ for the Superior Deck + 4 400 $ for the Superior Plus Deck + 5 400 $ for the Mini Luxe Deck + 7 400 $ for the Capitan Luxe Deck

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