Polar Regions Arctic Cruise

National Geographic Northeast Passage

On this National Geographic Northeast Passage voyage, spend 26 days taking full advantage of a flexible schedule, brand new, state-of-the-art ship, and an experienced captain and crew who’s as excited as you are to explore the top of the world. This expedition cruise sails the Russian High Arctic between Tromso, Norway, and Nome, Alaska.

Pack ice, volcanic mountains, icebergs and glaciers make up Franz Josef Land, the world’s northernmost archipelago, and part of the largest Arctic marine reserve—a sanctuary for such emblematic species as the Atlantic walrus, bowhead whale, polar bear, narwhal and rare ivory gull. Cruise past Cape Chelyuskin, the most northerly point of the Eurasian continent and see the heavily glaciated coast of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, northernmost of the islands of the Kara Sea. Walruses haul out in numbers while great seabirds nest on the cliffs of De Long islands, where 500-foot volcanic spires and buttresses shoot into the horizon.

Across the East Siberian Sea, granite towers loom while luxuriant tundra and ceremonial sites decorate a land where mammoths once roamed. On Wrangel Island, a World Heritage Site, search for snow geese, musk oxen, reindeer, walruses and polar bears. The rich, icy waters of the Chukchi Sea may reveal gray whales and other marine mammals while Kolyuchin Island boasts a plethora of cormorants, murres, puffins auklets and other Pacific seabirds. 

Explore the Russian High Arctic, from the Barents Sea to the Bering Sea, aboard the 126-guest National Geographic Endurance. With a polar ice class 5 rating, state-of-the-art educational equipment and highly qualified naturalist guides, she is the ideal ship for this Arctic cruise. After daily explorations via hiking, kayaking and Zodiac cruising, relax in the sauna, yoga room, library or bar. Watch her crush through ice from the bridge or deck and enjoy the highest technologies in ice-stable sailing.

The remote Siberian shores and far northern archipelagos are where explorers of the last century like Nordenskjold, Amundsen and Nansen risked all to discover. The 26-day National Geographic Northeast Passage voyage provides the same sense of discovery with the stability of a modern, purpose-built expedition ship. Take an epic voyage along the top of the world on this National Geographic Northeast Passage expedition.

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